Scolarship code CU6.27

Every drop counts. Towards new sustainable territorial water footprints

  • Reference person
  • Host University/Institute
    Università Iuav di Venezia
  • Internship
  • Research Keywords
    Drought, visions for specific territories
    Climate Change
    Hydraulic crisis
  • Reference ERCs
    SH7_5 Sustainability sciences, environment and resources
    SH7_6 Environmental and climate change, societal impact and policy
    SH7_8 Land use and planning
  • Reference SDGs
    GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
    GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
    GOAL 13: Climate Action


The phenomena of desertification, sea level rise, salt wedge and extreme weather events identify water as one of the new main challenges for future territories.From the Adriatic coasts to the hinterland, the most relevant issue coincides with an increasing drought problem after decades of interventions aimed at containing flooding beside weak policies of reducing consumption. Extended periods of water criticality are also the results of inadequate forms of management and design both in terms of investments and spatial experimentations. The need of a transcalar re-design water-related spaces for a sustainable water footprint becomes more relevant than the past. The topic of water storage and management (connected to endemic problems of heat island, fire danger) imposes new declinations of design issues for the territory.The main objective of the doctoral program is to explore new analytical and conceptual approaches to develop possible innovative spatial design for saving the hydraulic resource by overcoming the short-term solutions in favor of measurable and applicable long-term proposals. The doctoral path aims at developing new strategies and scenarios saving ground and surface water. Considering climate forecasts and depolluting needs, the scenario include blue and green infrastructures with mobility and production spaces considering new monitoring technologies as tools to integrate visions to maintain the indispensable resource for human and ecological survival.

Suggested skills:

The candidate is expected to have a background in architecture, urbanism, planning as well as experience in the analysis and design of territories with special frame on hydraulic, territory regeneration issues. Previous training in architecture urban design and urban and territorial planning, will be considered a plus.

Research team and environment

The PhD candidate will take advantages of the laboratories and tools of the research clusters based at Iuav University. The multidisciplinary task force includes urban designers, planners, economists, ecologist conducting international research on the interaction between environment, economy, and society in the climate crisis. The candidate will benefit from Iuav infrastructures. Iuav provides PhD programs in Urbanism, Planning and New technologies; the environment is rich of interaction with other candidates and with professors in several disciplines, with the opportunity to attend seminars and courses. The group has intense research contacts with other institutions in Italy and abroad.