Nicola Bellini is Professor of Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa (on leave) and Director of the Tourism Management Institute at the La Rochelle Business School. He was visiting or affiliate professor at the Stanford University Center in Florence, University of Sassari, University of Pisa, GSSI L’Aquila and Grenoble Ecole de Management. From 2009 to 2011 he was the Director of the Regional Institute for Economic Planning of Tuscany – IRPET. From 2007 to 2014 he was Director of the Galileo Galilei Italian Institute in Chongqing and Co-Director of the Confucius Institute in Pisa. Currently he also serves as an expert for the EU Commission on Regional strategies for smart specialisation. He is author and editor of books and articles on industrial policy, local and regional development, business support services,  place branding and urban tourism.