Agricultural and Food Economics (Aug 2021)

Civic universities and bottom-up approaches to boost local development of rural areas: the case of the University of Macerata

  • Tomasi Sabrina,
  • Cavicchi Alessio,
  • Aleffi Chiara,
  • Paviotti Gigliola,
  • Ferrara Concetta,
  • Baldoni Federica,
  • Passarini Paolo

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 9, no. 1
pp. 1 – 23


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Abstract The aim of this paper is to provide a review of the main roles HEIs can play in rural areas. A longitudinal case study about the civic engagement of the University of Macerata - UNIMC (Italy) is presented, by assessing its attempt to fulfil its third and fourth mission through the application of the Quadruple Helix and 3 Model and by implementing the Civic University’s dimensions. Furthermore, these aspects have been investigated through the university-business collaboration and the community-academic-collaboration frameworks. More specifically, the paper focussed on UNIMC’s commitment at a local level analysing its involvement in local and international projects for place and agri-food product marketing, place branding and rural development, promoted by a research team within the Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism.