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Leveraging Ecological Economics to advance the Sustainability Transition

The twentieth century saw enormous leaps and bounds in addressing various challenges pertaining to human development - e.g. rapid economic growth, the recognition of climate risks, poverty alleviation, better healthcare for many, addressing racial, gender, and religious inequities, etc. Such trends call for a deep understanding of the interlinkages among social, economic, and environmental challenges to provide policy advice for a legitimate, fair, and evidence-informed transition towards sustainability. Ecological Economics, with its core emphasis on interdisciplinarity and incommensurability, provides a valuable conceptual framework for exploring the needed transitions towards sustainability.


Upon completion of the summer school, students will understand the founding epistemological and analytical tools of ecological economics, which will be used to explore current sustainability challenges and the recent concepts of post growth/degrowth. Students, thanks also to debate-based activities, will be able to formulate their own informed perspective on sustainable development, and develop realistic policies/strategies for the transition towards sustainable development. A scientific workshop, which will be held before the summer school on 10-11 July 2023, at the University of Florence, will expose students to recent developments in behavioral/experimental ecological economics. After the summer school, participants can enjoy three days of hiking that will include interactive classes on topical issues and presentations and discussions of research by summer school participants. Information on the workshop and the hiking will be available on the specic summer school webpage.

Who can apply

The program targets mainly Masters and PhD students. However, last year bachelor students are also eligible.



Program Intensity



Admission Requirements

Background in the fields of Ecological Economics, Sustainability, Natural Sciences, and Science and Technology studies.
A statement of purposes from the applicant will be integral to the evaluation for admission.
Evidence of B2 (or higher) level of English is highly recommended.

Required documents

  • Identity Document (*PASSPORT in case you are a foreign student*)
  • Enrolment Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purposes
  • Certification of B2 (or higher) level of English (not compulsory, but highly recommended)

All the documents must be in pdf format, in order to upload them on the portal when required (See the "How to apply" page)




250 Euro

Pay fees by Debit/Credit Card or PayPal online using the following form filling it with all the required data:

PagoPA - Payment Form 


  • International students without Italian Tax Code: please tick the box 'Anonymous' in order to disable the field 'Italian personal ID/VAT number'.
  • Please type your NAME and SURNAME next to the pre-filled text of the field 'Reason'
  • Please pay only after receiving the admission letter


11 - 15 July 2023

Application Deadline

1 April 2023


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