PhD Opportunity: Science and Management of Climate Change

  • PhD
  • Climate Change

The PhD programme in Science and Management of Climate Change is a joint initiative between Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC) and Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS).

The PhD programme offers a 4-years fully funded scholarship, including one year of full-time coursework, with worldwide research opportunities and connections to a broad international network of top-level universities and research centres in the field, as well as placement in highly renowned institutions afterwards. The programme is conducted entirely in English.

Available positions: 6 with scholarships

Objectives of the PhD
The main objective of the programme is to prepare scholars who can navigate the complex and multi-faceted dimensions of the grand challenges posed by climate change. It prepares experts with a broad and thorough scientific background in economics and climate science who can:
- Understand and explain the physical and economic nature of climate change
- Assess the physical, biophysical, and socio-economic impacts of climate change
- Deal with uncertainty
- Evaluate the socio-economic implications of mitigation and adaptation policies in the broader context of sustainable development
- Develop and apply interdisciplinary methodologies to analyse and design innovative climate policy solutions
- Synthesize and communicate the different dimensions of climate change and their uncertainties to different users – from the general public to policy makers and the scientific community

Organisation of the PhD Programme
The PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change is a 4 year programme. During the first year students complete their coursework in Venice, while from the second year onward they develop their research projects and work on their final PhD dissertations. After completion of the first year, PhD students are required to spend a period conducting research at a foreign institution or university, to be agreed with the tutor and approved by the PhD Board. All PhD thesis will be externally reviewed by international referees.

The programme comprises 12 core courses of 6 ECTS each, from a range of subject areas. Students benefit from a balance between teaching and learning through a mix of lectures, seminars, external speakers, discussion group exercises, and case studies. Credits are acquired by attending the courses and by passing a final exam. Attendance is mandatory. Seminars, guest lectures, and elective thematic courses are organized throughout the year in order to facilitate interaction among students from different cycles and different programmes, as well as with invited guests from important research centres and universities.

PhD students completing their studies and receiving their PhDs will also receive the qualification of MPhil in Science and Management of Climate Change at the end of their 4-year programme.
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Application deadline
Please note that due to Coronavirus emergency, the deadline for the application for the PhD programme in Science and Management of Climate Change is postponed to Wednesday, May 27th , 2020, no later than 1 PM (Italian time)