Cristina Capineri is associate professor of geography at Siena University, Faculty of Politcial Sciences, where she teaches human and economic geography. After graduating with a dissertation on “Cwmbran: a new town in South Wales”, she has obtained a doctorate in Urban and Regional Geography with a thesis on “Railway networks and passenger flows: the case-study of Tuscan railway department”. Since 1990 she has been a member of the NECTAR Group (Network for European Communications and Transport Activities Research) which is one of the activities of the European Science Foundation and since 1993 she has been coordinator with prof. P.Rietveld, Free University of Amsterdam of a Nectar Cluster on “Networks” and has contributed with several publications and edited books. From 1987 to 1991 she has been member of the editing board of the Rivista Geografica Italiana and since 1998 she has been appointed secretary of the Società di Studi Geografici (Geographical Studies Society), based in Florence University.
In 1995-1996 she was at the Department of Town and Country Planning, at Sheffield University (UE, Training Mobility Programme) where she developed a research on accessibility through railway services in Italy through a GIS application. In 1998 she was at SERRL Laboratory in Manchester University with prof. R.Barr to work at the Alderley Edge Project (landscape assessment and evaluation through GIS).
In 1997-1998 she has also developed the contents and worked at the scientific project for a Museum of Landscape (Museo del Paesaggio), situated in Castelnuovo B.ga, Siena, Italy.
In 1999 she took part as selected participant at the Social Change and Sustainable Transport conference, Berkeley University, California. In 2000 she as been appointed as member of Transport Research Board of the National Science Foundation (Usa). Since 2001 she is coordinating a Focus Group of Stella Project (SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT IN EUROPE AND LINKS AND LIAISONS WITH AMERICA) (www.stellaproject.org).
She is also member of the following research groups: GIS applications for the cultural heritage of the Italian Geographers’ Association (A.Ge.I) and Progetto Finalizzato CNR “Beni Culturali” and “Human dimensions of global change. Unit b. Urban Change”, part of the IGU programme of HDGEC (Human dimensions of global and environmental change). For the latter she is involved in a research on coastal accessibility for daily tourism potential areas.