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The doctoral curriculum is designed to be completed in three years.
During the first year, students dedicate 80% of their time to attend compulsory and elective courses, workshops, seminars and, eventually, summer schools. In the final part of the first year, students prepare their research proposal (see Doctoral Thesis -Guidelines in the Download section).
In the second year, students dedicate almost all their time to research that can be carried out in Trento or in other research centres in Italy or abroad. They also have the possibility to attend specific workshops, summer schools or scientific conferences related to their research project, both in Italy and abroad
In their final year, students dedicate almost all their time to research and to finalize their research papers for the Doctoral dissertation. At the end of the three years PhD students should have spent at least three months doing research in university or research centres abroad.

Teaching programme 39°cycle - first year - academic year 2023-24

1st term - Mid- October 2023 - January 2024

  • Crash course in Economics – G. Galdi
  • Statistics and regression - F. Santi and E. Taufer (joint course with ECOFIN- 36 hours)
  • Economics and Sustainability - R. Raffaelli, ML. Segnana, L. Bonatti and G. Galdi (26 hours)
  • Environmental sustainability (advanced) - M. Ragazzi, D. Geneletti, G. Andreottola (joint with DICAM – 10 hours)
  • Management instruments for sustainability - M. Franch (14 hours)
  • Stakeholder theory, social capital and third sector - F. Buffa, E. Tortia, M. Vatiero (26 hours)

2nd term - March – May 2024

  • Qualitative Research Methods – TBD (16 hours)
  • Applied Econometrics - C. Fezzi (24 hours)
  • Environmental valuation: stated preferences approaches - S. Notaro (16 hours)
  • Performance analysis - E. Zaninotto (joint course with Management (BZ) - 12 hours)
  • Academic writing - S. Haigh (joint course with ECOFIN and SRS - 36 hours)

PhD students should also attend elective courses (minimum 84 hours) choosing among those offered by:

  • The Department of Economics and Management,
  • The Department of Sociology and Social Research,
  • The Department/Faculty of Law
  • The Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering
  • The Center Agriculture Food Environment – C3A.

A non-exhaustive list of possible elective courses is provided in the Teaching Programme 2023-24 in the Download section.

Three compulsory workshops will be organised for improving PhD students’ sustainability competencies and transversal skills:

  • System thinking and anticipatory techniques – TBD (6 hours)
  • How to prepare the research proposal and a systematic literature review – E. Santini (6 hours) – between end of May and Mid June before starting to prepare the research proposal
  • Public speaking and academic speech (9 hours) – between Mid-September and Mid-October, before the presentation of the preliminary thesis proposal

A wide range of seminars is offered to the Phd students (for further details see the section “Seminars”). Attendance of at least one seminar per month is considered an integral part of the programme requirements.

The preliminary thesis proposal will be presented during the Autumn presentation session that is scheduled for Thursday 19 and Friday 20 October 2023.



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application/pdfTeaching programme 2023 - 2024(PDF | 452 KB)
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application/pdfTeaching Programme 2020 - 2021(PDF | 422 KB)
application/pdfGrading system(PDF | 40 KB)
application/pdfCourse work - update 2023(PDF | 200 KB)
application/pdfDoctoral Thesis - Guidelines - 2023(PDF | 92 KB)