MOD. B – Economic Analysis of Territorial Development

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MOD. B – Economic Analysis of Territorial Development
MOD. B – Economic Analysis of Territorial Development
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Master's Degree
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Frontal Hours: 45.0
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For Attending students, the evaluation will take into account the results of mid-term tests and a final exam at the end of the course.

For Not attending students an exam (oral) is provided on the parts mentioned above.

In addition, to the parts indicated above, it is recommended that students Not Attending:

Preparing a brief comment (written, the length of not more than three pages to be delivered during the exam) or by using a Scientific Paper, extracted from the Journal "Regional Studies" (available for free from the library or laboratories of the Faculty, on the SIBA portal ( or by using one of the Research Reports elaborated by the European Observatory - Espon (for example ReRisk, Tango, Demifer, Foci…. ) only the “Main Report” or “Executive Summary”.

You can find these Research Reports at this link:

You can find a paper to use in this section "Materiale didattico".

In this case the exam will begin with a discussion of the written comment.


The understanding of the space and the objective observer are decisive for the representation of the context. Assuming that there are no patterns or standardized procedures for the economic analysis of a territory, however, more frequently beaten paths that use information and data already available, often provided by organizations and institutions that carry out systematic measurements at spatial scales default are recognizable. The course, starting from some basic geographical concepts, aims to provide tools and methods geared to deal with, from different points of view, research and spatial analysis.

The course includes classroom activities designed to promote critical application of the concepts and learned tools. The classroom activities focus on the use of technical research / discovery designed to stimulate learning, critical spirit, participation and sharing of knowledge by carrying out group work, research and elaboration about specific topics.

The laboratory activities will allow students (attending) also acquire basic mapping skills by using free software GIS (QGIS).

S. Conti and P. Giaccaria, Local Development and Competitiveness, Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001. Chapters: 1; 4; 6.5 and 6.6; 7 and 8.

or You can use:

S. Conti and P. Giaccaria, Local Development and Competitiveness, Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001. Chapters: 1; 4

A. Belliggiano, A. Salento (edited by), The Local Action Group and rural development by local actors: an Apulian case study, and a circumstantial method of assessing failure - Chapters 1, 2, 5, Perspectives on rural development, 1 / 2017,

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In alternativa per tutti gli studenti dell'anno in corso e di quelli precedenti è possibile utilizzare i seguenti testi:


Testi di riferimento (studenti non frequentanti)


  1. Conti S., Geografia economica. Teorie e metodi, Torino, Utet, 2006. Esclusivamente i Capitoli: 3 – Lo sviluppo economico regionale, 4 – Il linguaggio dei sistemi, 7 – Il mondo della varietà e delle differenze (testo disponibile presso la Biblioteca di Unisalento).
  2. Cejudo E., Labianca M. (a cura di), Politiche di sviluppo rurale. Metodi, strategie ed esperienze internazionali a confronto, Bari, WIP, 2017, pp. 23-73. Approfondimento (lettura facoltativa) pp. 145-173.
  3. Lettura di uno degli articoli proposti di seguito:


Dargan, L. and Shucksmith, M. (2008), “LEADER and Innovation”, Sociologia Ruralis, 48, pp. 274-291. Liberamente scaricabile da qui:

Pike A., Rodriguez A., Tomaney J., “What Kind of Local and Regional Development and for Whom?”, Regional Studies, Vol. 41.9, pp. 1253–1269, December 2007.

Liberamente scaricabile da qui:





First Semester (dal 01/10/2018 al 25/01/2019)

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