PhD in Science and management of climate change


Courses AY 2022/2023

This edition will have a new curriculum, articulated in 12 courses.
The first period includes a common curriculum and offers 6 basic courses.

Foundations: Mathematical modelling and programming, Introduction to Programming for Statistics and Machine learning, Introduction to Climate Dynamics, Environmental and Climate Economics, Climate of the past, Statistics

The second period is articulated into two streams:

  1. Climate Economics and Finance: Decision theory and multi-criteria analysis, CGE and integrated assessment modelling, Applied environmental economics and policy evaluation, Domestic and international climate policies, Climate finance, energy systems and technologies.
  2. Climate Modelling and Impact Assessments: Chemodynamics, climate change and environmental quality, climate modelling and monitoring, risk assessment and decision support system for environmental impacts of climate change, adaptive management of natural resources and agricultural systems, climate damage modelling and assessment, energy systems and technologies

Nearly all courses entail several hands-on and practical sessions.

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In partnership with:

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

Doctorate Coordinator

prof. Enrica De Cian, Ca' Foscari University

The PhD programme in Science and Management of Climate Change is a joint initiative of Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC).

The PhD programme offers a 4-year 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 centers in the field, as well as placement in highly renowned institutions afterwards. The programme is conducted entirely in English.

Educational aims

Students come from very diverse backgrounds, ranging from engineering science, to social science, political science, natural science, and environmental science.

The main objective of the programme is to create 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, climate science, valuation techniques and with specific modelling skills who can:

  • Understand and explain the physical and economic nature of climate change 
  • Assess the impacts, socio-economic effects, and uncertainties related to climate change
  • Evaluates the socio-economic implications of mitigation and adaptation policies
  • Apply interdisciplinary concepts, methods, and tools to analyze and design innovative climate policy solutions 
  • Apply interdisciplinary concepts, methods, and tools to conceive transformational pathways in the context of sustainable development
  • 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

Research themes

The PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change brings together the science and the economics of climate change.

Key research themes of the PhD programme include:

  • Dynamics of climate variations and change
  • Ocean Dynamics
  • Glaciology
  • Polar Climate and Sea Ice
  • Assessment of biophysical and socio-economic impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies
  • Analysis of national and international mitigation and adaptation policies in the context of sustainable development
  • Risk assessment and decision support systems (DSS) for environmental impacts of climate

Professional profiles

The programme offers a mix of practical and theoretical learning with a strong focus on the interaction between students and teaching staff. Experts from national and international organizations and research centers participate in some courses. The programme has connections with an extensive network of top universities (e.g. MIT, Harvard University, Columbia University, and Imperial College of London), national and international research institutes (e.g. CNR, CMCC, OGS, and PIK), as well as consultancy agencies (e.g. Climate Policy Initiative) where students can conduct research for their PhD theses.
By acquiring a sound scientific understanding of how to approach climate change at the global level, PhD graduates will be able to assume leadership roles in the academic world (e.g. Georgia Institute of Technology, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, CMCC, CNR, and OGS), in consultancy, as well as in the energy and insurance sectors, both private (e.g. Climate Policy Initiative and Acclimatise) and public (e.g. World Bank, European Commission, and World Resources Institute).

For information on educational activities

Alice Dei Rossi
Tel: +39 041 234 7743


Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics,
Via Torino 155
30172 Venezia Mestre

Last update: 01/02/2023