Commentary \ “Military barracks for profit? A critical reflection on conversion in Italy”
Dr. Andrea Licata, political scientist from Italy and Associate Researcher of BICC, comments on the Italian politics of base conversion.
Licata's criticism of only state budget driven approaches to bases closures is that they “disregard the potential of former military sites at the local level” and “deny the long lasting work of local committees working on the public re-use of military sites”. Instead he argues for base conversion in accordance with sustainability principles: “this would include a thorough clean-up of the areas, the conservation of places and buildings of historical and cultural value but also of green areas”.