Collaborators

Silvia De Ascaniiscoordinator PhD in Communication Sciences at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). She conducts research and teaching activities on topics related to online communication, in particular: role and impact of ICT in cultural tourism, religious tourism and pilgrimage; use of ICT to promote Heritage communication; pragmatic and argumentative features of User Generated Contents. Among her main commitments within the UNESCO Chair is the coordination of #faces4heritage, an initiative in support of the global UNESCO campaign #Unite4Heritage, against violent destruction of heritage: www.faces4heritage.org. At USI, she is co-lecturer of two courses at the Bachelor level, and of the course “Tourism and World Heritage” within the Master in International Tourism. She is instructor of the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) “eTourism: Communication Perspectives”, the first MOOC in eTourism, launched by USI in October 2015 (https://iversity.org/en/courses/etourism). She was Executive Director of the doctoral school Cross-Field (www.cross-field.ch, February 2013 – September 2015), and the coordinator of the doctoral school Argupolis (www.argupolis.net, February 2013 – April 2015), both of them founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
Tel.: +41 (0)58 666 4547
Email: silvia.de.ascaniis@usi.ch
Personal webpage: http://search.usi.ch/it/persone/e1e26d36fcfcff6f0a9f128cb91622be/de-ascaniis-silvia
Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Silvia_De_Ascaniis?

Dr. Engelbert Ruoss associated expert – lecturer of the course “Tourism and World Heritage” within the Master in International Tourism. He is expert in the field of World Heritage and Biosphere Reserves and launched an initiative to establish a network of model regions regarding integrated development approaches (www.globalregions.org). His main field of research is related to Governance and Management  of UNESCO designated sites, the valorization of cultural and natural heritage for local development and the promotion of sustainable development. He is a former Director of the UNESCO Office in Venice, the Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and was as such responsible for the UNESCO program’s implementation in South East Europe. Before joining UNESCO he was consultant in EU programs, manager of the Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve and deputy director of the Museum for Natural History in Lucerne in Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Biology and a Master in Museum Sciences from the Universities in Bern and Basel.
Email: engelbert.ruoss@usi.ch
Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Engelbert_Ruoss2

Lea Hasenzahlresearch assistant & Ph.D. student – Doctoral student at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland). She holds a Master degree in Economics and Communication Sciences, with a major in International Tourism from USI and a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Communication Sciences from Technische Universtiät Dresden (Dresden, Germany). Email: lea.hasenzahl@usi.ch

Emanuele MelePh.D. student – Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). He holds a Master degree in Economics and Communication, with a major in International Tourism (USI).  His research investigates the process of localization (meant as cultural adaptation) applied to online communication in the field of tourism and cultural heritage.
Email: emanuele.mele@usi.ch

Elide Nerini Garbani – Ph.D. student – Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). She holds a Master degree in Economics and Communication, major in International Tourism (USI). Her research focuses on hyper-personalisation in tourism, namely on the analysis and interpretation of big data to create more personalised tourism experiences. Her Ph.D research is conducted in connection with the Interreg project DESy (Digital Destination Evolution System) a collaboration with Agenzia Turistica Ticinese SA (Ticino Tourism), USI, SUPSI – in Switzerland – and Distretto dei Laghi, Agenzia di Accoglienza e Promozione Turistica Locale Provincia di Novara, Provincia Verbano Cusio Ossola – in Italy. The main aim of the project is to encourage digital transformation of the travel destination by helping stakeholders have more information on visitors’ behaviour and, hence, create more personalised communication and services.
Email: elide.garbani.nerini@usi.ch

Current Interns

Maha Abdul Muhusin – Master student graduating in International Tourism at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI, Switzerland). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Tourism Management with honors, majoring in Travel and Recreation from Taylor’s University (Malaysia). She is taking over as the intern on the project of Machu Picchu regarding the digitalization of photographic material taken by Fernando Astete. She is in charge of the communication plan and will be contributing in the development of the project. Email: maha.abdul.muhusin@usi.ch

Carolina Guidi – Bachelor student graduating in Science of Tourism at Fondazione Campus, the University of Pisa in Lucca (Italy). She started her internship at the UNESCO Chair in February 2019 and is working on a project regarding the digitalization of photographic material taken by Fernando Astete of Machu Picchu in Peru (UNESCO World Heritage Site). A project run together with the UNESCO Chair of Genoa. Email: carolina.guidi@usi.ch

Rossella Reale – Master student graduating in International Tourism at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). She holds a Bachelor degree in Tourism for Cultural Heritage from Università degli studi Suor Orsola Benincasa (Naples/ Italy). She is currently working as the assistant editor for the manual “Heritage, Tourism and Technologies”, as well as for the promotion of eLearning for Tourism during the time of the COVID-19. Email: rossella.reale@usi.ch

Zlata Kolesnyk – Master student graduating in International Tourism at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). She holds a BA in International Relations and Security Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland) as well as BTEC Higher National Diploma in International Business from the London School of Business and Finance (UK).  She is currently working on the compilation of the proceedings related to the Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 4th International Conference as well as the design and implementation of the online presence of World Heritage Sites in Russian-speaking countries. Email: zlata.kolesnyk@usi.ch

Carina Pop  – Master student graduating in International Tourism at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). She holds a BA in Economics with a major in Management from Bucharest University of Economic Studies (Romania). She is currently doing research related to the ICT usability and promotion of sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites.
Email: oana.carina.pop@usi.ch

Andela Sormaz – Master student graduating in International Tourism at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). She holds a BA in Economics from Belgrade Banking Academy (Serbia). She is working on a project related to overtourism at Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site in the Swiss Alps which aims to balance visitors flow within the area.
Email: andela.sormaz@usi.ch

Angela Simona Patruno – Master student graduating in International Tourism at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Switzerland). She has a bachelor in Interpreting and Translation at Istituto di Alti Studi SSML Carlo Bo in Bari. She is working as an intern on a project for the creation of an app for the promotion of Batik, which is inscribed in the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage, and present in the tourism destinations around the 33 Indonesian provinces.
Email: angela.simona.patruno@usi.ch

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