Environmental sustainability and wellbeing
- Duration: 3 years
- Admission: academic qualifications and interview
- Coordinator: Prof. Paola Spinozzi
- Head office: Ferrara
- Internationalisation: Agreement between Università di Ferrara and WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY – WSU (Australia) for an International Joint PhD programme
- Final Ph.D. title: Ph.D. in Enviromental Sustainability and Wellbeing
A double degree is awarded to students enrolled in the Joint PhD Programme between Università di Ferrara and Western Sydney University
- Managing Department: Studi Umanistici
- Study abroad: at least 6 months over the 3-year Ph.D. programme
- Curriculum: NO
– Methods, Contents, Goals
The innovative PhD programme 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 allowing them to understand, manage and enhance the sustainability of the environment in relation to the wellbeing of living organisms.
The training is based on the synergy among four macro-areas:
1. The Humanities and the Social Sciences;
2. Economics and Law;
3. Architecture, Urban Planning and Engineering;
4. Life, Chemical and Biomedical Sciences.
Socio-humanistic competences focus on the Ecological Humanities, Ecocriticism and Ecolinguistics; the management of cultural heritage; urban metabolism and waste prevention; inequality and energy transition; decision-making processes and participatory modelling; practices of social, educational and community theatre; pedagogical and psychosocial programmes of education to environmental and cultural sustainability, ecological thought and healthy lifestyles, including subjects with disabilities or special needs.
Competences in environmental and innovation economics, econometrics and law focus on green, circular, and sharing economy applied to productive systems, labour market, smart mobility, green energy and finance, green and digital transformation, green policy evaluation and climate change.
Competences in architecture, urban planning and engineering focus on energy systems and machines; resilience and transition; GIScience and climate proof planning; renewable energy; energy and environmental management of houses, cities, and industries.
Competences in the life, chemical and biomedical sciences focus on ecological and genetic diversity; evolutionary potential of the species; assessment, monitoring and mitigation of effects deriving from anthropogenic activities and climate-changing, toxic substances; plastic adaptation of the human organism to different stages of health in relation to healthy lifestyles.
Researchers will be able to manage heritage, energy resources and productive activities in fragile habitats, situating the environment and wellbeing in a perspective of biological and cultural sustainability.
– Career Fields
These skills will be appreciated in traditional and innovative sectors, at national and international level: 1. State, regional, local institutions in charge of the management and valorisation of the territory, biodiversity, cultural heritage; archaeological museums, parks, and zoos; research institutes such as ISPRA, EEA; non-profit organisms and NGOs such as WWF, Greenpeace, OIE, FAO, FWW, Oxfam; health agencies such as OMS, ECDC, OCSE; development agencies such as UNDP, UNIDO, UNEP, World Bank; 2. Industries, enterprises and law firms specialized in the management of renewable resources and building materials; reuse of secondary raw materials and reduction of processing wastes; reuse of consumer goods; 3. Agri-environmental sector, with reference to the assessment and prevention of administrative offences and environmental crimes; 4. Research centres and laboratories for the prevention of disease and promotion of health and psycho-physical wellbeing.
Interdisciplinary and integrated skills acquired during the PhD programme can be employed in numerous professions, such as: researcher, teacher, populariser of cultures of sustainability and wellbeing from a holistic perspective; manager of educational institutions and services; designer and evaluator of programmes for the promotion of ecological behaviours in workplaces; manager of sustainable firms, museums, and archaeological sites; policy maker and legal expert in green, circular and sharing economy; expert in environmental planning in the construction process; planner and city manager for institutions and agencies for land management; energy manager; production manager; environmental toxicologist; certifier of sustainable and biological agriculture; expert in planning and application of services based on physical exercise for the wellbeing and life quality of communities and workplaces.
– Research Projects and Teaching Activities
The interdisciplinary framework of the PhD programme in Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing requires that each research project connects at least two among these four macro-areas: 1. The Humanities and the Social Sciences; 2. Economics and Law; 3. Architecture, Urban Planning and Engineering; 4. Life, Chemical and Biomedical Sciences.
The programme offers specific activities for each student and activities for all students.
Specific activities for each student are defined by two supervisors, who represent the different macro-areas relevant to the research project and are chosen among all the members of the teaching staff. The supervisors constantly interact with each other and the student.
Activities for all students are characterized by the participation of national and international scholars and scientists, who are members as well as guests of the programme, and include:
A. an intensive cycle of seminars, workshops and lectures at the beginning of the programme, in the month of November;
B. a series of seminars and workshops from December to May;
C. a one-week intensive module on multimedia communication skills.
The cycle of seminars and workshops in the month of November revolves around disciplinary and interdisciplinary research methods and topics.
The one-week intensive module aimed at teaching multimedia communication skills is organized at Se@Unife, http://sea.unife.it/.
Seminars and workshops from December to May last one month each, are held by scholars and scientists from at least two different macroareas and consist of a series of meetings spanning the whole month.
See full details of the scientific board and research collaborations here