CU2 focuses on analysis of the complex relationships between the phenomenon of climatechange and the socio-economic system, defined based on market relationships and/or other types ofinteractions among economic actors (public and/or private companies, financial markets, internationalmarkets) and other stakeholders (institutions, civil society, workers, communities, consumers, etc.)included in these systems. The curriculum is oriented to predict future scenarios regarding the relationship between climate change and socio-economic systems, to analyze and assess  the risks of climate change and energy transition on socio-economic systems and their actors.

Key topics


Energy transition


Physical and transition risks




Responsible business, finance and consumption


Sustainable mobility


Predictive models and evaluation models


Scenario analysis and policies for sustainability

Mission & Vision

The PhD in Sustainable Development and Climate Change combines the skills of the best Italian universities, creating an interuniversity and multidisciplinary educational roadmap.

An original PhD program that combines the experience and knowledge of professors from different fields of study with the skills of the students. The final aim is to define tools and methods to promote the ability of future generations to understand the evolution of the climate, as well as to design and implement new solutions for a sustainable society in all its aspects.

We want to instill knowledge and bring forth talents capable of contributing, with their own ideas, to the creation of a just and innovative society, in total harmony with the planet.


Agent Based, Stock Flow Consistent, and Input-Output models

Introduction to the approach and to social accounting matrices; The Transaction Flow Matrix, the Balance Sheet Matrix; comparison with standard models

Life Cycle Thinking Methods

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) are capable of capturing complexity and interdependencies, thus providing a comprehensive and objective balance

Global Value Chains and Climate Change

Introduce students to the emerging strand of literature of Geography of functions, which is at the cross-road between the studies on Global Value Chains and Evolutionary Economic Geography

Migration and Innovation

Introduction to the literature of Migration and Innovation. The relationship between international migration and innovation is at the same time a classic field of investigation and a new one.

Impact investing in practice

Insights form a leading development finance institution. What is a development finance institution (DFI) and how does it create impact in developing countries?

Flood risk assessment: the engineers perspective

The risk concept as product of probability and consequences. The risk chain (hazard, vulnerability and exposure) with focus on the possible bridges and challenges between engineers & economists


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