Doctorate Degrees in Sustainable Development

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development refers to the study of economic development being maintained without exploiting resources, such as unacceptable amounts of natural resources, excessive pollution, people, and communities. Coming to the program with a master’s degree and preferably related experience, PhD Sustainable Development candidates will work to question, develop, analyze and enhance the global understanding of sustainable development.


PhD Sustainable Development candidates may choose to work on research projects in one or many disciplines, relating to the economic, sociological or environmental aspects of sustainability. Candidates pursuing a PhD Sustainable Development degree should be prepared to invest at least three years in a research project aimed at a final dissertation and publication. Work on other research projects, teaching and assisting undergraduate students, or authoring papers are also possible responsibilities for a PhD Sustainable Development candidate.


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PhD in Sustainability

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

The Ph.D. program focuses on sustainable production systems — systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers [+]

PhDs in Sustainable Development. This Ph.D. program focuses on sustainable production systems — systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. Coursework and research takes a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainability problems, as opposed to single disciplinary and locally optimized approaches destined to yield marginal positive impacts. Students will have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in numerous research centers, including GIS’ National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R) , an internationally-recognized leader for applied research in remanufacturing, the Center for Sustainable Production (CSP) dedicated to enhancing the environmental and economic performance of products and processes, the Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) focused on the evaluation of environmental and economic impacts of alternative fuel and vehicle propulsion technologies, the Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center (SMS) that develops technologies for optimal life-cycle design, management, and modernization of large equipment systems, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) focused on enhancing the development and implementation of pollution prevention techniques, and the NanoPower Research Labs (NPRL) dedicated to the creation and utilization of nano devices and materials for power generation and storage. ... [-]

PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences

Rezekne University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Latvia Rēzekne

Deeply specialised professional studies and research promote students competencies in field of environment science. Graduates are able to work in research institutions, to do the environment research work in the field of environmental engineering, to work in environmental protection institutions, local government units, industrial companies, to carry out academic work in universities, work of environmental quality assessment and research laboratories, evaluate natural resources, mining and processing, work with environmental equipment, technology and design development organizations. [+]

Deeply specialised professional studies and research promote students competencies in field of environment science. Graduates are able to work in research institutions, to do the environment research work in the field of environmental engineering, to work in environmental protection institutions, local government units, industrial companies, to carry out academic work in universities, work of environmental quality assessment and research laboratories, evaluate natural resources, mining and processing, work with environmental equipment, technology and design development organizations. Visiting professors from partner universities will be involved as teachers and advisors in the programme. Students have an opportunity to participate in Erasmus+ mobility for studies. Qualification awarded: Doctor of Engineering Sciences in Environmental Engineering Science (Dr.sc.ing.). Admission requirements: Master's or professional master's degree in the environment, environmental science, engineering or equivalent academic education. Discussion of the scientific research topic. Duration of studies: 3 years full-time studies. Study programme consists of 3 parts: Part A – compulsory courses Part B – optional courses (specialization) Part C – free elective courses. To complete study programme student has to earn 144 CP (216 ECTS). Final test, if any: Doctoral thesis. Study fee: 3200 EUR per year. If you are interested in the studies at Rezekne University of Applied Sciences fill application form at this address: http://www.rta.lv/online_application_procedure. [-]

PhD in Sustainable Environment

Hamad bin Khalifa University
Campus Full time September 2017 Qatar Doha

Hamad bin Khalifa University’s Sustainable Environment programs give the opportunity for in-depth graduate study at Ph.D. level. The programs offered address important sustainability issues facing the region and have been designed to provide students with fundamental and solid research training, awareness and understanding of these issues. The multidisciplinary, taught programs incorporate study across a broad... [+]

PhDs in Sustainable Development. PhD in Sustainable Environment Hamad bin Khalifa University’s Sustainable Environment programs give the opportunity for in-depth graduate study at Ph.D. level. The programs offered address important sustainability issues facing the region and have been designed to provide students with fundamental and solid research training, awareness and understanding of these issues. The multidisciplinary, taught programs incorporate study across a broad range of environmental sciences, social sciences, engineering and technology. The Sustainable Environment programs are delivered by highly experienced faculty from around the world, who have been handpicked based on their expertise and competence in key subject areas. Admissions requirements Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree relevant to this program, which typically includes science and engineering. Additionally, backgrounds in economic, business, policy, and social sciences will be considered. Applicants should demonstrate strong evidence supporting the prospect that they will become successful researchers and professionals. These include excellent performance in relevant coursework, past research results if any, and strong recommendation letters. Applicants with prior research experience are preferred, especially for the Ph.D. program. Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants who are fluent in English may be exempt from this requirement. Applicants to the Ph.D. programs in Sustainable Environment must have taken the GRE exam within the last two years. While not required for the master’s programs the GRE exam is recommended and will strengthen an applicant’s submission. Applicants coming from an economics, policy and other social... [-]

PhD in Sustainable Energy

Hamad bin Khalifa University
Campus Full time September 2017 Qatar Doha

Hamad bin Khalifa University’s Sustainable Energy programs give the opportunity for in-depth graduate study at Ph.D. level. The programs offered address important sustainability issues facing the region and have been designed to provide students with fundamental and solid research training, awareness and understanding of these issues. The multidisciplinary, taught programs incorporate study across a broad... [+]

PhD in Sustainable Energy Hamad bin Khalifa University’s Sustainable Energy programs give the opportunity for in-depth graduate study at Ph.D. level. The programs offered address important sustainability issues facing the region and have been designed to provide students with fundamental and solid research training, awareness and understanding of these issues. The multidisciplinary, taught programs incorporate study across a broad range of environmental sciences, social sciences, engineering and technology. The Sustainable Energy programs are delivered by highly experienced faculty from around the world, who have been handpicked based on their expertise and competence in key subject areas. Admissions requirements Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree relevant to this program, which typically includes science and engineering. Additionally, backgrounds in economic, business, policy, and social sciences will be considered. Applicants should demonstrate strong evidence supporting the prospect that they will become successful researchers and professionals. These include excellent performance in relevant coursework, past research results if any, and strong recommendation letters. Applicants with prior research experience are preferred, especially for the Ph.D. program. Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants who are fluent in English may be exempt from this requirement. Applicants to the Ph.D. programs in Sustainable Energy must have taken the GRE exam within the last two years. While not required for the master’s programs the GRE exam is recommended and will strengthen an applicant’s submission. Applicants coming from an economics, policy and other social science background may submit... [-]

PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program aims to train students in original research in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and to cultivate independent, interdisciplinary and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science, policy and management research and formulation. [+]

PhDs in Sustainable Development. We are living in a world facing serious interrelated environmental problems, including climate change, pervasive pollution, reduction in biodiversity, and looming supply constraints for a number of key natural resources. Individually, and especially in combination, these issues pose serious challenges to sustainable development. The Division of Environment has been created to meet such challenges. Our faculty members have diverse backgrounds in science, engineering, business and social sciences to provide integrated and cutting edge education and research on global environmental issues and emerging solutions. This is a broad-based research postgraduate program that embraces a wide spectrum of environmental interests. It serves as an innovative platform for interdisciplinary research involving scientific, technological, environmental socio-economic and policy challenges. It provides students with the background to solve complex environmental problems and to engage in interdisciplinary environmental research that can have a high impact on Hong Kong and the world. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program aims to train students in original research in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and to cultivate independent, interdisciplinary and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science, policy and management research and formulation. Research Foci The following areas are the Division's main foci; we also work at the points where these areas intersect, such as the scientific understanding of management strategies and policy formulations: Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution Oceanic Science and Water Pollution Climate Change Policy and Adaptations Sustainability Healthy Living Environment Admission Requirements i. General Admission Requirements Applicants... [-]

PhD in Environmental Engineering

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong

The PhD program aims to develop and strengthen students’ skills in identifying key issues related to environmental engineering, in formulating original research plans and methodologies, and in implementing those plans and methodologies to produce results that are useful for reducing environmental pollution and advancing environmental conservation and sustainable development. [+]

There is a growing concern for environmental conservation and sustainable development across the globe. To achieve long-term environmental sustainability, it requires innovative solutions to many problems caused by human. These problems include the presence of micropollutants in drinking water, noxious aerosols and fumes in the air, heavy metals and toxic organics in solid wastes that will eventually overwhelm our landfill sites. The scarcity of water resources, the ever-deteriorating air quality in many metropolises, the threat of mounting volumes of waste without suitable disposal sites, and a long list of other critical issues must be resolved through the innovations of scientists and engineers. Environmental problems are essentially interdisciplinary issues. These issues include the physical process of mixing and dilution, chemical and biological processes, mathematical modeling, data acquisition and measurement. The Environmental Engineering (EVNG) Program offered by the School of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is one of the most successful interdisciplinary research programs in this field of study. The faculty members are leading experts committed to innovative research in a broad range of environmental engineering areas. The Environmental Engineering Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that provides a solid foundation on which students may build careers in research. The PhD program aims to develop and strengthen students’ skills in identifying key issues related to environmental engineering, in formulating original research plans and methodologies, and in implementing those plans and methodologies to produce results that are useful for reducing environmental pollution and advancing environmental conservation and sustainable... [-]

PhD in Evolution of Ecosystems and their Protection

Matej Bel University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Slovakia Banská Bystrica

The main focus of the program is understanding of historical development of ecosystems before significant disturbances caused by human activities. The program accentuates a palaeological approach that corresponds very well with methods of a recent ecological research. The combination of both approaches allows recognizing the extent of the damage, the speed of their changes, and the resilience and recovery of ecosystems, too. [+]

PhDs in Sustainable Development. PhD in Evolution of Ecosystems and their Protection The main focus of the program is understanding of historical development of ecosystems before significant disturbances caused by human activities. The program accentuates a palaeological approach that corresponds very well with methods of a recent ecological research. The combination of both approaches allows recognizing the extent of the damage, the speed of their changes, and the resilience and recovery of ecosystems, too. This information is an important starting point for modern approaches in the nature conservation, which is the second area of the study program. The graduate study comprises two parts: a study part and a research part. A plan of the study is prepared by the supervisor, and should be approved by a committee. Profile of a graduate The program aims at deepening and broadening knowledge and skills in the field of ecology, palaeology and conservation biology. A graduate should be able to use the method for obtaining data in the laboratory and in the field, and to use modern statistical methods and GIS tools. He has the skills necessary to work in a modern laboratory. He is able to achieve the original research results and present them of scientific community in the form of publications and outputs on conferences and any professional events. He is able to apply theoretical knowledge in practice in the assessment of changes in ecosystems, and can predict their future development. He is able to specify the nature conservation priorities and solve... [-]

PhD in Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. [+]

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. You have a choice of three emphases: Earth and Planetary Systems Climate and Environmental Change Engineering Sustainable Systems Admissions Admissions requirements for this graduate program: Preference is given to students with a graduate degree from an accredited college or university of recognized standing in geology, earth sciences, environmental sciences, environmental policy & sustainability, engineering, ecology, forestry, planetary sciences or a closely related field. Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is a 4.0 = A) GRE General Test Emphases Our program will reach across the applied and basic sciences and environmental policy and engineering solutions by focusing on three emphases, outlined below. Earth and Planetary Systems This emphasis will prepare you to pursue research and educational opportunities that: 1) Advance knowledge in the critical areas for society of energy, natural resources and water, and natural hazards, 2) continue the cutting edge research currently being done on the Earth and Planets, and 3) apply this knowledge in areas that bridge between the geosciences and physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology. The focus area in Earth and Planetary Systems will train and educate future leaders in areas of industry with growing demands (e.g., natural resources and energy), and in government agencies that require PhD-level researchers to inform... [-]

Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Built Environment

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Portugal Guimarães

The main objective of the Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment is to create an integrated approach to this subject, covering phases of: design, construction materials and technologies, service life evaluation and durability, rehabilitation, building comfort and use of energy, construction economics and management, sustainable urban development and regeneration.Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment [+]

PhDs in Sustainable Development. Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment The built environment has evolved to frame and facilitate nearly all human activities. Simultaneously, its constant expansion has become more and more harmful to the natural environment. The construction sector accounts for an estimated 40% of earth resources consumption and, therefore, has a crucial role to play in achieving sustainability. Urban development has special importance within the broader context of sustainability as well, while current trends predict that the number of urban dwellers will keep rising, reaching almost 5 billion by 2030 out of a world total of 8.1 billion. The main objective of the doctoral programme is to create an integrated approach to this subject, covering phases of: design, construction materials and technologies, service life evaluation and durability, rehabilitation, building comfort and use of energy, construction economics and management, sustainable urban development and regeneration. iDiSBE aims at providing a high level specialized advanced education in order to develop in the doctoral candidates the ability to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of sustainable built environment, through creative and autonomous investigation. Access to higher education The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level. Access forms Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the School of Engineering of the University of Minho. Formal requirements The minimum requirements for applying to International Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment are as follows: A Master Degree with a minimum grade of B-... [-]

PhD Environment and Society

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years October 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research and is assessed by a verbal examination and final thesis. [+]

PhD Environment and Society A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research and is assessed by a verbal examination and final thesis. This research theme focuses on the expertise developed within the School of Geography's Environment and Society research theme. Research by members of this theme focuses on topics at the environment-society interface in various geographical contexts and scales. Work in this research theme has been focused on four key areas: Sustainable rural and urban land management Farming, food and forestry The sustainable use and management of water Health and environment Theme members act as advisors to UK Government agencies, international agencies and development organisations and play leading roles in professional bodies (eg. SiLC and Geological Society) and learned societies (eg. RGS IBG). Postgraduate students are strongly integrated into our research, contributing across all areas of activity and reflecting the international scope of our work. You will be allocated at least two supervisors - at least one of whom is identified prior to admission. We make every effort to match applicants to staff on the basis of their research interests, and regular reviews are held to ensure smooth progress of your research work. Facilities School facilities You will be provided with your own desk space and laptop, and have access to the wider University computing and library facilities. Photocopying and telephone facilities are also provided. The school also has a number of specialised facilities. Library... [-]

International Ph.D. in Management - Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Italy Pisa L'Aquila + 1 more

The International Ph.D. in Management is divided into two different curricula: "Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare" and "Change and Complexity Management". [+]

PhDs in Sustainable Development. Written Exam: May 25, 2015 (EU citizens)
 Assessment of the Titles: June 3, 2015 (EU and NON-EU citizens) 
Interview: June 8, 2015 (EU citizens) The International Ph.D. in Management is divided into two different curricula: "Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare" and "Change and Complexity Management". Ph.D. students from both of them will follow the same lectures in Pisa for the first year. Students within the curriculum in "Change and Complexity Management" will follow the second year courses in L'Aquila. The curriculum in Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare deals with the most important management topics which characterize current research activities. Particular emphasis is given to: the management of innovation processes and the international competitiveness of firms, institutions, as well as local, regional and national systems; the management of sustainability in public institutions, private companies and wide territory areas specifically focusing on environment policies, renewable energy sources development, and quality evaluation of food and tourism industry chain; the management of healthcare, meant as the development of models and tools for governance, in order to support the subjects involved in the healthcare system in the process of management and innovation of social welfare assistance and performance evaluation. The curriculum in Change and Complexity Management focuses on two main topics: disaster management and smart communities. These topics are both characterized by a wide complexity because of the high number of actors involved and the relevant effects that a good or wrong management can produce on society. A specific attention to leadership methods... [-]

Ph.D. Programme in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Italy Pisa

The Ph.D. Programme in “Politics, human rights and sustainability” is a three-year residential programme characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the subject and by the emphasis placed on current problems defining the protection and promotion of human rights. [+]

In addition to the fellowships provided for in the call for admission, BV TECH S.p.A. funds a three-year fellowship within the framework of the Ph.D. in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability – research area: International Law, Agricultural Law. The candidate shall focus his/her research project on the topic of “National Security, Defense and Cyber Warfare: Critical Infrastructures Protection from Cyber Threats in Italy and Its wide Strategic and Political Implications in the International Arena.” The research should address the theme of the cyberspace as fifth dimension of conflict in the strategic dynamics of the international relations, with particular focus on the Italian national defense and security strategies. By taking in due account the initiatives promoted by other members of the International Community in the field of cyber-security, the research should examine the strategic implications generated by the policies and measures adopted by Italy in order to prevent, protect and respond to cyber attacks against national critical infrastructure. The study should also investigate the role played, or that might be played, by the private sector to countering cyber threats. The research should result in the definition of a set of recommendations aimed at designing and building an integrated and coherent Italian national cyber defence and security model. Course Description The Ph.D. Programme in “Politics, human rights and sustainability” is a three-year residential programme characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the subject and by the emphasis placed on current problems defining the protection and promotion of human rights. The Programme consists in... [-]

PhD in Development Studies

ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Lisbon

This is an advanced programme of study designed to impart knowledge and produce original research in the field of Development, in line with the best European universities. With the creation of this PhD, the intention is to look at the changes which have taken place over recent decades and which have led to this scientific area becoming the focus of contemporary debate, as much in economic, social and environmental policy as in academia. [+]

PhD in Development Studies

The PhD Development Studies was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to provide high quality academic training in development studies and produce original research in this field. The course has emerged in response to the changes in recent decades that have brought Development Studies to the fore in current debates, both in the academies and in the area of economic, social and environmental policy.

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The research undertaken in ISEG’s research centers, which have been classified by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) as very good or excellent, provide important support for students in this program.... [-]


PhD in Environmental Studies

Charles University Faculty of Humanities
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature. [+]

Currently, there is a consensus that a comprehensive understanding of the planet’s natural system does not suffice. It is necessary to understand the complex interactions between the socio-economic system and the vital planetary systems providing societies with ecosystems and natural services. The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature. The goal of the Environmental Studies doctoral program is the advancement of knowledge which should contribute to the creation of a theoretical base for the strategy of making economic, social and cultural development sustainable, especially from an environmental perspective. The following scientific directions have been defined for the study program: - Socio-economic metabolism. - Natural services. - Relationships between health and environment. - Application of sociological and economic approaches aimed at addressing environmental issues and sustainable development. - Research topics applying environmental economics. - Socially urgent issues of public policy of sustainable development. - Legal aspects of relationships towards the environment. - Environmentally inspired topics from the perspective of philosophy, anthropology and history. - Indicators of the relationship between the environment and human activities. - Education for sustainable development. Students can come up with their own ideas for topics for doctoral training or may use topics provided by supervisors. The objective of the doctoral program Environmental Studies is to provide, in the above mentioned domains, the concept of sustainable development with support in the form of scientifically conducted research. An important aspect of the program is the interdisciplinary character of... [-]

Environmental Management

South East European University
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 Macedonia Tetovo Skopje + 1 more

The study program aims to: Contribute to environmental trends developed in our society; Foster public opinion for solving environmental problems; Scientific Research... [+]

PhDs in Sustainable Development. The study program aims to: Contribute to environmental trends developed in our society; Foster public opinion for solving environmental problems; Scientific Research; Career With the completion of PhD studies students acquire 180 ECTS. Their knowledge and skills can be effectively applied in the field of Environmental Management for research purposes. Also, may find employment in Institutions for environmental protection where they can apply their acquired knowledge into practice. Learning outcomes Knowledge and understanding Shows a systematic understanding of the research field and excellent knowledge of research methods and skills within that field according to the highest international standards; Advanced knowledge of the effects of natural processes that take place in the environment; Advanced environmental topics such as the greenhouse effect, acid rain, air pollution; Advanced knowledge on the importance of effective actions to protect and improve the environment. Applying knowledge and understanding Demonstrates ability to interpret, design, apply and adapt essential research subject with scientific integrity; Gives a contribution through original research that transcend the existing boundaries of knowledge, developing new knowledge, in the level of national and international reviewed publications; Knowledge of the environmental, economic and educational processes; Follow-up of scientific world trends. Making judgement Ability for critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, competency assessment; Ability to independently initiate and participate in national and international research networks and events with research integrity; Ability to independently initiate research and development projects that will generate new knowledge and skills for the research field... [-]