donatella privitera

Dr. Donatella Privitera

Ms. Donatella Stefania Privitera is currently a Professor of Tourism Geography and a Coordinator of the bachelor’s degree in Tourism Sciences at the University of Catania. She has been also an Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Catania and at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. From April 2016 to June 2019, she was a visiting lecturer at Universities in Latvia, In Poland and in Turkey. Ms. Privitera has additionally gained experience of the market since she worked as an Assistant Marketing Controller at Kraft General Food spa, and as a Research Analyst at DATABANK spa, both positions situated in Milan. She holds a postgraduate degree in Agri-Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Between 1993 and 1997 she attended specialized courses in “Quality in the Marketing of Agrofood Products”, in “Agrofood Distribution”, and in “International Marketing of Mediterranean Agricultural Products” at the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, in Zaragoza, in Spain. She has also worked as  an evaluator of international and national research proposals on Research Innovation on agriculture system included in the list of the Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, and  as an evaluator of university degree courses at the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR). Ms. Privitera is a member of several associations and organisations such as the Research Centers of the University of Catania, the Research Center of Geography studies (ProGeo), the University Center for the Protection and Management of Natural Environments and Agro-ecosystems (CUTGANA), the Italian Society of Geography, the Italian Association of Geography, the Society of Geography Studies and the Italian Association of Cartographers. She has also published a plethora of academic articles and delivered many lectures on food tourism, agricultural economics at national and international conferences and workshops. Finally, in 2017 she won a research fund for her research activities, in 2011 an award for her scientific paper entitled “Tourism and protected areas: The perception of online visitors” and in 1988 a master scholarship.


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