Research

In this webpage you can find the main research topics developed by the PhD in Science and Management in Climate Change and useful information for the PhD students.
For a complete list of the doctoral thesis, please see the catalogue.

The PhD programme in Science and Management of Climate Change is part of the research training activities proposed by VICCS - Venice Centre for Climate Studies, an inter-disciplinary research centre based at the Ca’ Foscari University, focusing on the assessment, detection, quantification, communication and facilitation of sustainable solutions to global change problems.

Most of the projects developed during the PhD are included in the research activities of three main bodies:

  1. At the Department of Economics, the main study and research sectors include not only economics and finance, but also legal and social issues, as well as quantitative analysis and development of decision making tools. Research carried out here addresses the present complex global economic environment.
  2. At the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistic, the research is oriented on the most challenging global issues (environment, ecology, sustainability, social development) with the aim of promoting an interdisciplinary approach. Main issues include on one side Climate Sciences, Paleoclimate, Biology, Renewable Energy Sources, Ecology, Environmental Processes, Earth Science, Maritime Studies, on the other side Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Digital Humanities, Data Management, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics.
     
  3. At the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change, permanent researchers work on a wide spectrum of multidisciplinary topics related to climate science research. CMCC collaborates with experienced scientists, economists, and technicians, which work together in order to provide full analyses of climate impacts on various systems such as agriculture, ecosystems, coasts, water resources, health, and economics. CMCC also supports policymakers in setting and assessing costs, mitigation, and adaptation policies.

Other institutions, laboratories and research centers offer several research opportunities on a wide collection of topics, including internship opportunities required to obtain the MPhil title.

The period abroad is an important moment for the PhD student. It contributes to the knowledge and experience of the student, helping him/her to work closely with other research groups and people. It is fundamental to build up the professional network of the future researcher.

The second year of course is mainly devoted to a period of research and study in a foreign institution. This period lasts from minimum 3 up to 18 months and an increasing of 50% of the scholarship is granted for the entire period abroad. Destinations and reference researchers are planned in accordance with the PhD tutors, and prior to departure students must obtain the approval from the PhD Board. 
Once abroad, PhD students are expected to attend advanced classes, seminars and carry out useful research. A detailed written report on these activities must be submitted at the end of the research period and it will be part of the evidence on which admission to the third year is granted.

Main foreign research period destinations:

During the 3rd year, PhD Candidates are required to give public presentations of their research.

Preliminary presentations: 3rd year - 1st semester

PhD Candidates must present the preliminary findings of their works at a public seminar, organised by the Phd programme, usually in front of an internal commission composed by tutors and members of the Board.

The PhD Board yearly in spring approves a defense agenda toward the final exam, defining requirements and deadlines.

Final exams:

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