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.

Please visit the dedicated website for the full description of the contents.


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 will be able to formulate their own informed perspective on sustainable development, and develop realistic policies/strategies for the transition towards sustainable development.

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 is mandatory 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 mandatory, but highly recommended)

All the documents must be in pdf format, in order to upload them on the portal when required.

Application has to be submitted via Alice portal following the instructions of the "How to apply" page.


  • 28 February 2024: application deadline for the request of the scholarship
  • 7 March 2024: notification of admission to those who applied before 28 February 2024
  • 20 March 2024: notication of the awarding of the scholarship
  • 31 March 2024: application deadline
  • 7 April 2024: notification of admission to those who applied between 29 February 2024 and 31 March 2024
  • 14 April 2024: notication of the awarding of the scholarship, if still available from the previous deadline
  • 21 April 2024: deadline for the tuition fee payment




500 Euro

NOTICE: these fees include tuition costs, lunches and coffee breaks.

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: After 31 May 2024, no reimbursement of the tuition fees will be provided, unless in case of a certified medical reason or other certified serious issues. In these latter cases reimbursemtent will be provided and a 50 euro cancellation fee will apply.


28 February 2024 is the application deadline for the request of the scholarship.
Notication of the awarding of the scholarship will be on 20 March 2024.
Please write to the coordinator for further details.


5 - 13 July 2024

Application Deadline

31 March 2024


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