From November 2015 until now she is the scientific responsible for a project “PartecipArno” ( commissioned by the Province of Pisa within the framework of the “Project of the territorial system of the Arno River” signed by the Tuscany Region and the Provinces of Arezzo, Florence and Pisa with the aim of drawing up a River Contract.

From 2013 until now she is the scientific responsible for a joint Tuscan Region- Tuscan Universities (CIST, Centro Interuniversitario di Scienze del territorio) project “Studio e implementazione di un geodatabase d’informazioni toponomastiche alfanumeriche con applicativi GIS” a  research project finalized in the synchronic and diachronic study of Tuscan toponymy and in the creation of a digital archive using GIS and in a creation of a database using the XIXth century Cadastre, the IGM maps, the contemporary Cadastre and the Technical Tuscan Region Map.

From 2010 to 2012 she has been Knowledge Manager of the European project INTERREG IV C VITOUR LANDSCAPE (, dealing with the good public and private practices for the safeguard and the enhancement of ten UNESCO Eurpean winegrowing cultural Landscapes.

From 2005 to 2007 she has been in charge for the National Park of Cinqueterre of the INTERREG IIIC VITOUR project as scientific responsible, attending all meetings and organising the local actions.

From 2006 to 2009 she has been the leader of the Italian équipe participating to the research financed by the French MEDD on Landscape and sustainable development, “Exceptional landscapes, everyday Landscapes” concerning Saint Émilion, Tokaj and Cinqueterre. The results of the research are at present in course of publication in a French and an Italian version.

From 2005 to 2008 she was one of the two Italian representatives nominated by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and  Research  in the Management Committee of the COST A35- Research Programme on the European Rural Societies, including twenty EU nationalities. The results of the programme and of her own contributions are at present in course of twelve volumes.


She has been Vice-Director and then Director of the History Department (50 teachers and researchers, 9 administrative units) with both scientific and administrative responsibilities. As President of the Leonardo - IRTA, she supervises all the research activities of the Institute, chairs the meetings, keeps the institutional contacts and is the legal responsible. In the last ten years she has directed many research groups and participated to many others, organising meetings, seminars, conferences either in Italy or in Europe: France, together with research groups of the Universities of Bordeaux,  Le Mans, Rennes, Avignon, Paris ( Paris 1, École Pratique des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, CNRS); Spain (Universities  of Navarra, Sevilla, Cadiz, Córdoba and the whole net of Catalan Universities, with which she shares since fifteen years an institutional thematic net on Rural History) Greece (University of Athens), Hungary ( University of Gödöllö).


Topics of interest: History of the environment, history of landscapes, economic history, demographic and social history, agrarian history (techniques, contracts, space organisation, families) territorial history, history of land distribution from the XVIIIth century to the present time ( see list of publications). The research of historical interest carried out is combined with, or often starts from, the  contemporary economic, political and social problems of the territories under investigation. The methodological approach is either macro- or micro-economic.


In the last fifteen years her interest in the history of the environment and landscape has increased along with a shift towards these topics in her teaching activity as well. A particular attention has been given to the anthropised landscapes of the Mediterranean area and to the techniques of environmental risk prevention in traditional agriculture. The documents and data for her research are very often primary sources available from the public and private Archives, as well as oral sources ( interviews of the elderly  protagonists of rural life). 

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