Federico Niccolini is Associate Professor of Organizational Science at University of Pisa (Italy). He was formerly a member of the faculty at University of Macerata. Dr. Niccolini's research interests are focused on protected areas management and organization, organizational dynamics related to sustainable development and tourism, organizational vision and culture. He has authored more than 20 scientific publications on organization and management of protected areas and sustainable tourism. He has been visiting scholar or professor at US Universities (Stanford, Albany, Paul Smith College of the Adirondacks). He coordinated several national and international (including EU funded) projects and working groups regarding protected areas management and organization and socio-economical sustainable development. He also worked for numerous protected areas organizations, such as the US National Park Service; Abruzzo National Park; Migliarino - San Rossore - Massaciuccoli - Regional Park; Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area and Asinara National Park. Since 1999, he is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He has been affiliated with the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University since 2007.