Professor Patrizia Riganti

  • Professor in Tourism (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

telephone: 01387 702041

School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Rutherford/McCowan Building, Bankend Road, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 4LZ


Dr Patrizia Riganti is Professor in Tourism at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow. She is an advisor and Fellow of ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), and seats on two ICOMOS International Scientific Committees: Economics of Conservation and Energy and Sustainable Development. She is an architect, holding an MPhil in Urban Design, an MSc in Urban Planning and a PhD in Economic Valuation Methods in the Integrated Conservation of Architectural, Urban and Environmental Heritage.

Her research focuses on heritage-led sustainable development and on the assessment of policies related to sustainable cultural tourism, cultural heritage conservation, and cultural diversity.

She has been the Principal or Co-Investigator on research grants totalling over 8.5 million Euros; her research has been funded by RCUK, the World Bank and the European Union among others. She has been visiting professor at EU and USA universities, delivered over 28 invited speeches and published more than 58 refereed journals articles. She is a grant reviewer for EU and UK research councils and member of the National Valuation Panel for the Italian Universities Research Assessment Exercise in 2013. Together with Prof David Throsby, Macquarie University, Sydney, she chairs an ongoing conference series on Culture, Economics and Cities.

Before joining the University of Glasgow, she worked at several UK Universities. She was appointed Lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast in 2000. She moved to the University of Nottingham in 2005, where she was member of the University Senate. She joined Nottingham Trent University in 2016, where she was the Lead of NTU Global Heritage Research Theme on Sustainable Heritage and Society.

Research interests

  • Sustainable cultural tourism and wellbeing
  • Digital tourism
  • Heritage-led sustainable development
  • SDGs indicators
  • Non-market valuation techniques
  • Contingent valuation studies applied to cultural goods
  • Decision making support systems
  • Smart cities


Community Involvement and Social Investment for a Sustainable and Inclusive Management of Maritime Heritage in Mozambique: Towards A New Framework. AHRC GCRF grant. £40,376. 2019 - 2020.

Cultural Heritage, Migration and the Indian Diaspora - AHRC workshop. AHRC Travel grant. 2018.

Assessing progress towards SDGs. Visiting ICCROM Headquarters. NTU Global Heritage Theme grant. £1,600. 2018.

Unlocking Cultural Heritage Values: Challenges to the Economics of Conservation in the XXI Century. NTU Global Heritage Theme grant for the International ICOMOS ISCEC Conference chaired by Dr Patrizia Riganti and Prof David Throsby. £3,600. 2018.

World Heritage at Risk. International Conference and PhD School chaired by Dr P. Riganti and Prof D. Throsby. World Bank award. $10,000. 2010.

World Heritage at Risk. International Conference and PhD School chaired by Dr P. Riganti and Prof D. Throsby. The Province of Salerno award. €4,000. 2010.

Valuing Cultural Diversity. PhD Summer Schools in India and Italy. EU NETWORK of EXCELLENCE SUS.DIV (Sustainable Development in a Diverse Society). €46,000. 2009.

Integrated e-Services for Advanced Access to Heritage in Cultural Tourist Destinations (EU ISAAC project). EU Framework VI. €1,570,000. 2006-2009.

Sustainable Development in a Diverse Society. EU NETWORK of EXCELLENCE SUS.DIV. EU Framework VI. €4,900,000. 2005-2010.

Proactive management of the impact of cultural tourism upon urban resources and economies. EU PICTURE.  EU Framework V. €1,800,000. 2003-2006.       

Economic incentives, brownfield redevelopment and urban regeneration. RTD Net 70, Invest NI award. £8,307. 2002.

Public Preferences and Urban Regeneration: Land Use Changes and Aesthetics at the Venice Arsenale. Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Italy. €74,670. 2002-2003.

Enhancing cultural heritage valuation techniques in Northern Ireland: a comparison with the USA. IRTU NET 845 award. £4,543. 2001

Land management and contingent valuation methods. Italian National Research Council grant. €4,132, 1996-1997.

The role of conservation for the development of city and towns. British Council grant. €21,136. 1995-1996.

The economic valuation of cultural heritage. Italian National Research Council grant. €2,582. 1995-1996.


Prof Riganti is currently available to supervise PhD students with an interest in research related to the following topics:

  • Tourism recovery in the aftermath of COVID 19;
  • cultural tourism and sustainable development goals (SDGs) indicators;
  • innovative partnerships and business models for cultural tourism in both developed and developing countries;
  • motivation to travel to cultural destinations
  • contingent valuation studies applied to cultural tourism and/or heritage conservation
  • Tourism management in World Heritage sites
  • Smart cities and smart tourism in both developed and developing countries

Perspective candidates are welcome to approach Prof Riganti by email to discuss their interest.

Prof Riganti has supervised PhD researchers working at the boundaries of disciplines like planning, economics, architectural conservation and cultural tourism. Topics have ranged from the application of contingent valuation methods to the management of cultural heritage and/or cultural tourism strategies, to sustainable cultural diversity in cities and cultural tourism in post conflict areas.


Prof Riganti is the PGR Deputy Director for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

She supervises PGT students in tourism.