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PhD in Social Sciences for Sustainability and Wellbeing

The doctoral program, jointly offered by the University of Florence and the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, focuses on studying the interactions between social, economic, and environmental systems with the aim of promoting sustainability and wellbeing.

We aim at training an expert in social science methods applied to sustainability and wellbeing issues, broadly understood. The training approach promotes system thinking, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity, and is based on learning-by-doing, with topic coursers, internship opportunities and involvement in actual research projects.

Employment opportunities are wide, in that more and more public institutions and private companies are actively seeking to integrate sustainability and wellbeing into their policies and programs, thus offering research funding and job opportunities in the public and private sector.



Game Theory for Social Sciences - Instructor: Leonardo Boncinelli

Ecological Economics - Instructor: Tiziano Distefano

Sustainable Behavior and Experimental Economics - Instructor: Laura Grazzini & Sibilla Di Guida

Statistics and Data Analysis - Instructor: Francesco Serti

Wellbeing Measurement and Analysis - Instructor: Ennio Bilancini

Institutional Analysis for Sustainability and Wellbeing - Instructor: Ginevra Virginia Lombardi

Organizational Behaviour and Business Ethics - Instructor: Sara Lombardi & Giacomo Marzi

Energy and Resources Economics - Instructor: Angelo Facchini

Sustainability Reporting and Accountability - Instructor: Marco Bellucci

Satellite Imagery for the Environment and Econometrics for Sustainability and Wellbeing - Instructor: Federico Martellozzo & Armando Rungi

Value Articulating Institutions for the Environment - Instructor: Gianluca Stefani

Health Economics and Policy - Instructor: Massimo Riccaboni

The educational offer will not be limited to the aforementioned courses. The University of Florence and the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca have planned activities to enhance cross-cutting skills. Overall, the approach to educational activities aims to promote open-mindedness, collaboration among students, and integration among different disciplines and approaches, also through the use of tools that foster proactive engagement and participation.



We will be scheduling a diverse and comprehensive program of seminars and topic-specific courses in the near future.



The PhD program will be involved in many open events, collaborating with research centers and university offices for public engagement.