Summer School 2023

Leveraging Ecological Economics to Advance the Sustainability Transition

The Summer School will be held from 11 to 15 July 2023. A description of the Summer School content and how to apply and pay for your fees are on the University of Pisa webpage. The current page is devoted to specific info.

Who can apply: The program targets mainly Masters, Ph.D. students, and post-doc. However, in special cases also bachelor students might be eligible.


Inaugural lecture:
Elisa Giuliani, Vice Rector for Sustainability and the 2030 AgendaUniversità di Pisa

Closing lecture:
Gabriella Iermano
– Università di Pisa
Can Benefit Corporations help the sustainability transition?

Other lecturer
Nicholas A. Ashford (Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, USA)
Mario Biggeri (University of Florence, ITA)
Leonardo Boncinelli (University of Florence, ITA)
Tiziano Distefano (University of Florence, ITA)
Ralph Hall (Virginia Tech, USA)
Tommaso Luzzati (University of Pisa, ITA)


  • Georgescu-Roegen KW Kapp and basics in Ecological Economics
  • What should you know about Sustainable Development (and nobody told you)
  • Ecological economics, complexity and system thinking
  • Ecological Macroeconomics
  • The Inequality/Environmental Challenge
  • Measuring “sustainability” and “sustainability transition”: a multidimensional perspective.
  • New Economic Thinking – Community Wealth Building/Inclusive Capitalism
  • An Innovation-based Approaches to the Sustainability Transition & Related Decision-making Frameworks
  • Integrative Approaches to Achieving a Sustainability Transition – Policy/Law/Economics/Trade/etc.
  • Behavioral Economics with a focus on Game-based Policies

A reading list will be available in June to registered students

01 April: Application Deadline
30 April: Financial support will be communicated to the accepted applicants
01 April: You can start to pay the fees and book the accomodation. DO NOT PAY IT BEFORE!
IF you want to apply for a scholarship (see below) DO NOT PAY the fees before getting instructions from us.
15 May: Deadline for paying the submission fees and booking the accomodation

The registration fees are 250€, covering tuition costs, lunches and coffee breaks.

We reserved an accomodation for about 30 participants at the Benedettine residence at a cost of 30-35 euros per night or 200-250 per week (lower price in double room, The accomodation is available for the whole week (the workshop in Florence and the summer school in Pisa). Please, do not book before getting instructions from us, unless you need the proof of accomodation for your visa. In this case, remember to put me in CC in the email to the residence.


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Thanks to the contribution of the European Society of Ecological Economics and the University of Pisa, a limited number of scholarships in the form of fee discount is available. To ensure a fair and just attribution of the scholarships, those who need some financial support, please apply by filling this form.
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ADMITTED can apply for financial support BEFORE paying the fee and tell their accomodation preferences via this FORM

After the summer school, we will have 4 days of hiking and interactive classes (including presentation of research by participants, and discussions). Those who will join in the hiking will have the opportunity of leaving luggages in a safe place.
All INFOs here

The summer school will start on 11 July at 17:00 and end on 15 July at 13:00.
The detailed schedule will be published in June

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