PhD Programme in Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing

The innovative PhD in Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing is interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international. Sustainability has been studied with diverse methods in various disciplines. The objective of this PhD programme is to train researchers who, starting from their specific background, will acquire interdisciplinary and integrated methodologies to manage the sustainability of the environment in relation to the wellbeing of living organisms. 

The training is based on the synergy of three main macro-areas: 

1. The humanities and social sciences; 

2. economics and law; 

3. ecology, biology, and chemistry. 

Socio-humanistic competences aimed at developing cultures of sustainability and the conservation of cultural heritage will be acquired by exploring Ecocriticism, Green Cultural Studies, Heritage Studies, the concepts of Anthropocene, Planetary Boundaries, Circles of Social Life, indicators such as Ecological Footprints and the principles for the energetic and environmental management of the built environment. Competences in environmental economics, econometrics and law will be developed by studying green, circular, and sharing economy applied to productive systems, heritage, and local development. Competences in ecology, biology, and chemistry will be acquired by focusing on ecological and genetic diversity and the evolutionary potential of species as well as on the assessment, monitoring, and mitigation of effects caused by anthropogenic activities and climate-changing, toxic substances. By placing sustainable environment and wellbeing in a perspective of biological and cultural complexity, a new generation of researchers will possess the skills to manage resources, productive activities and heritage in fragile ecosystems and to improve the quality of life and health.