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Full Professor in Tourism Eco-Management

Department of Management & NatRisk Interdepartmental

Research Centre on Natural Risks in Mountain and Hilly Environments

University of Torino

Torino, Italy

Areas of Expertise

Sustainable Tourism; Integrated Management Systems; Internet of Things

Brief Bio

Dr. Riccardo Beltramo, Full Professor at Turin University’s Department of Commodity Sciences since 2005, professorship of "Environmental Management Systems and certification". Since 1985 he has been involved in the field of industrial ecology and experimentation on environmental management systems, applied to manufacturing and service sectors as well as industrial areas and tourism destinations.

He has been Professor of "Environmental Technology", "Ecology", "Integrated management systems" and "Operations Management" at the Faculty of Economics, has also taught at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery "Technology and Ingredient of food products".

He has been Visiting Professor at Manouba University (Tunisia) and at the INRA Research Centre of Clermont-Ferrand (France).

He currently teaches, at the School of Management and Economics, Integrated Certification and Industrial Ecology; Tourism Eco-management; Environmental Management Systems; Safety, Quality and Environmental Management.

He has been Director of the Degree Programme in Business Administration in complex learning and Director of the Master's Degree in Management and Creativity of Hilly Heritage. He has been President and Director of the Interdepartmental Centre NatRisk, a network for theoretical, experimental and applied research and for the dissemination in the field of prediction, prevention and management of the risk of natural disasters in mountain and hilly environment. He is representative for the University of Torino, in Unimont.

He is author of about 200 scientific and popular publications, has participated in international research projects. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Ev - K2- CNR as a coordinator of eco-efficient technologies and environmental management systems and, in that capacity, he was responsible for the Environmental Management System of the Italian Expedition to K2, in 2004.

In the field of Internet of Things (IoT) has designed the Scatol8®, a remote sensing system to monitor environmental and management variables, giving rise to academic spin-off "The Scatol8 for Sustainability srl”. The Scatol8 was developed through international and national projects, with applications in the mountain environment. The applications concern the environmental management of tourist accommodation facilities at medium and high altitudes and monitoring of field crops.

Since 1992, he has designed, launched and participated to around 50 national and international research projects, mainly related to territorial development, based on integrated management systems. Nowadays he is engaged in the following projects:

The Internet of Things for Natural Risk Management (Inte.Ri.M.)

The goal of the multidisciplinary project is to create an integrated management system, based on the IoT, capable of evaluating the costs and benefits of monitoring, prevention and remedial actions in different situations of environmental disasters (avalanches, landslides, floods).

Alagna Walser Green Paradise (AWGP) in collaboration with Regione Piemonte and Comune di Alagna Valsesia

The goals of the multidisciplinary project are: to elaborate strategies and tourism products to facilitate a smart frequentation, under the pillars of Cultural heritage and Creativity, Environmental Sustainability, Accessibility and Digitalization; to define a methodology for the evaluation of the Quality of Life in mountain villages.

FragMont - integrated system for the management of Fragility in the Mountains in collaboration with Natrisk, CNR IRPI, Department of Medical Sciences, CIPRA, UNECM.

The FragMont project involves the development of an integrated system of technical and economic data to improve the prevention and management related to natural risks and intends to contribute to the safety of the territory and the population. The fragility of the population becomes a characteristic of vast inland areas of the Piedmontese territory, mountainous and hilly, characterized by a high presence of elderly population, numerically fragmented in the territory, and exacerbated by the distance between the peripheral mountain areas and the hospital facilities.

ArcticHubs - Horizon 2020

Increasing global competition for natural resources poses major challenges to the Arctic. ArcticHubs will develop sustainable solutions for reconciliation of competing livelihoods and land-use modes in key Arctic ‘hubs’—important socioeconomic nodes in a geographical network—and their surroundings, considering in particular the needs and cultures of local communities (incl. indigenous people). This will be achieved by applying multi- and interdisciplinary, multi-actor participatory approaches to systematically map, identify and analyze global drivers and pressures with high environmental, societal and economic impacts affecting 33 key hubs examining sustainability of fish farming, multiple use of forests, tourism, mining and indigenous cultures. The outcome of ArcticHubs will be the provision of solution-oriented tools, such as improved public participatory geographical information systems, guidelines for ‘social license to operate’, and future scenarios to Arctic communities, industrial stakeholders, decision- and policymakers, and other relevant actors. ArcticHubs brings together 22 partners in eleven countries, from universities and research institutes, NGOs, the public and private sectors and civil society.

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