Socio-economic and sustainability implications of the 15-minutes city

1 Assistant Professor position
(Deadline March 31st, 2022 12:00 )

Research Unit: AXES / NETWORKS


Sustainability, complex systems, regional science, ecological economics, urban metabolism


The research activity will investigate economic, environmental, sustainability and complexity aspects related to urban mobility and urban metabolism. The research will encompass data analysis as well as the definition of new theoretical models of the city as a complex adaptive system. The research will focus on the so-called “15 minutes city”. The project leverages the 15-minutes index, a tool based on opendata and calculated for all Italian municipalities (currently 7904). The present research proposal aims to combine the algorithmic part with a part of complex systems modelling, socio-economic and policy analysis to answer the following research questions: 1) In which urban contexts is the 15-m city a suitable model for the sustainable transformation of cities? 2) What is the impact of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan on the 15m index at the Italian level?


The successful candidate is expected to have a strong quantitative background in regional data analysis, network modeling and analysis, spatial econometric methods, complex systems tools for urban, mobility and transportation systems. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team composed of scientists and researchers from the industry. The research activity will cover the topics of urban sustainability and urban metabolism from the points of view of complexity science, economics and network theory. It will encompass both intensive data analysis and the development of new theoretical models and indicators of the city as a complex adaptive system. In-depth focus on industrial aspects related to the 15-minutes city index and its integration with the Circular City Index. The research will also consider the effects of proximal human mobility on the urban habitat, considering the EU green deal vision and the Italian PNRR plan.

Formal requirements

PhD in a field related to the present call obtained in Italy or abroad. Curriculum with a suitable scientific background for carrying out research activity in the required field.

Gross amount

Ricercatore tempo determinato (legge 240/2010 art. 24 comma 3 lettera a))


3 years

Job Contract Type: 
Ricercatore tempo determinato (legge 240/2010 art.24 comma 3 lettera a) ) - Fixed term researcher

Selection procedure and criteria

Selection procedure conditions are transparent and are based on international standards.


A Selection Committee, appointed by the Director, assesses all applications on the basis of the online application form and - if provided - reference letters. Applicants selected on the basis of the preliminary analysis are interviewed at the Job Market Meetings in which the Institute is planning to participate, if applicable to the specific academic sector. Alternatively, individual preliminary interviews may also be conducted at IMT or by conference call. Travel expenses to Lucca for the preliminary interview will not be reimbursed. Shortlisted candidates are invited for a Job Market Presentation open to IMT faculty members and students. Travel expenses for the Job Market Presentation will be reimbursed.

Selection Criteria

The evaluation criteria are based on: Quality of research activity, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and references; Research organization experience and participation in international/national research projects and research periods in public and private institutions (academic and non-academic); Relevance of the candidate's profile for the development of IMT's research activities; Teaching, mentoring and supervision experience; Motivation; Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken; As well as any other requirements as specified in the advertisement.


Before filling in the application form, please read thoroughly the full call and collect all the files you may need:


  • Personal info and contact info (compulsory)
  • Number of your Identity Document (Passport or Identity Card - compulsory)
  • University degree (compulsory) and Ph.D. (obtained, or "ongoing")
  • Name, position, institution and email address of three referees (compulsory)
    An email, with the instructions on how to upload the reference letters will be automatically sent to your referees.


  • The scanned copy of a valid identity document (Passport or Identity Card - compulsory)
  • Your CV in English (compulsory);
  • One research paper, either a published paper or a working paper (compulsory).
    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present this research paper during the final stage of the selection process.
    Additional papers can be submitted for evaluation if desired (to be attached to your application in a single zip file where indicated in the online form). Please check the full call for further information about additional papers.