Vol. 10 No. 1 (2022): Territories and power, a two-way relationship
Science in action

New territorial actors between exploration and conservation: Reflections on the evolution of long-term processes and the milieu of action

Giulia Li Destri Nicosia
Università degli Studi di Catania
Signing ceremony of the Simeto River Agreement at the University of Catania Rectorate. Authors' archive.
Published February 23, 2022
  • social innovation,
  • territorial governance,
  • organizational studies,
  • collective subjects,
  • planning theory and practice
How to Cite
Li Destri Nicosia, G., Pappalardo, G., & Pavone, V. (2022). New territorial actors between exploration and conservation. Scienze Del Territorio, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-13078


The paper reflects on the evolution of ‘collective subjects’ and civil organizations promoting grassroots processes aimed at generating social innovation. Focusing on the experience of the Participatory Presidium of the Simeto River Agreement (eastern Sicily), the paper describes the process of institutionalization that has characterized this organization as the promoter of a new territorial governance. The aim is to reflect on obstacles, tensions and criticalities emerged during this process. In doing so, we try to identify a ‘lesson learned’ for planning: namely, promoting a hybridization of knowledge that could make more effective and capacitating to support territorial actors who, through organizational processes and practices, try to create new institutional models able to respond to public interest issues.


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