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Sustainability, reforms and environmental challenges: The future of EU

Analyse the challenges brought about by the current global ecological, geopolitical and macro-economic crises

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Social Science and humanities
Course dates
15 May - 9 June 2023

The CIVIS summer school in Sapienza Università di Roma will be the second edition of the CIVIS initiative run in 2022 in Marseille.

The course, entirely in English, is coordinated by Ornella Tarola and intended for Ph.D. and Master's students interested in deepening their knowledge of the future of the EU. After the COVID crisis, Europe must face some new unavoidable challenges: it has to shape a future dealing with the war between Russia and Ukraine and its consequences on oil prices. In the aftermath of the pandemic crisis, the supply-chain bottlenecks, coupled with the unprecedented fiscal and monetary expansions, had already implied strains on the price level in most advanced economies. Today, these are further exacerbated by the effects of the war on energy and commodity prices, and climate change having the characteristics of a ‘global problem”

The first part of the School will be virtual. Before the virtual event, students will be provided with a Course Reading Packet consisting of some papers. Each paper will be related to a particular topic but centered around the key issues of the School. Students will be required to read the papers before the virtual events thereby choosing a topic they wish to disentangle.

At the beginning of the Summer School, the students will be divided into small groups depending on the topic they are willing to analyze and assigned to a professor. Each professor will give a lecture and after his/her lecture, he/she will discuss with the students some hot questions centering around their topic and based on the Course Reading Packet. These questions will help the groups to prepare a short dissertation and a presentation before the physical event takes place. Group presentations will take place during the physical event.

As far as the physical event, several parallel sessions will be organized. Students will attend some of them, depending on their interests. Then, groups will give presentations (based on their CIVIS dissertation). After the presentations, in light of the lectures given during the physical event, discussions involving all the students will occur. 

Main topics addressed

  • Institutions, Local politics Consumers and Environment
  • Fiscal Federalism in the European Union
  • Systemic Risk, Resilience and Sustainability
  • Trust and Competition
  • Uncertainty and Climate agreements
  • Economic Growth and Common economic policies in the EU
  • Fiscal multiplier in the Euro Zone 

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire an interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological framework for addressing multi-dimensional policy issues
  • Acquire advanced knowledge of EU policy-making, governance, and techniques of policy analysis
  • Enhance practical learning skills through group discussions and collective research assignments
  • Gain insights into different teaching styles and academic communities in Universities across the EU
Dates: 15 May - 9 June 2023 Total workload: 80 hours
Format: Blended ECTS: 3*
Location: Rome, Italy Language: English (B2) 
Contact: ornella.tarola@uniroma1.it  

*Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.

Physical mobility

The physical mobility part will be running from 5 to 9 June 2023.

As far as the physical event, several parallel sessions will be organized. They will start at 9.00 CET and will end at 17.00 CET.

5 June 

  • 9.00 - 11.00 CET Morning Session  
  • Coffee Break
  • 11.30 - 13.30 CET Morning Session  

Lunch

  • 15.00 - 17.00 CET Afternoon Session

6 June

  • 9.00 - 11.00 CET Morning Parallel Sessions A and B
  • Coffee Break
  • 11.30 - 13.30 CET Morning Parallel Sessions A and B

Lunch

  • 15.00-17.00 CET Afternoon Parallel Sessions A and B

7 June

  • 9.00 - 11.00 CET Morning Parallel Sessions A and B
  • Coffee Break
  • 11.30 - 13.30 CET Morning Parallel Sessions A and B

Lunch

  • 15.00 - 17.00 CET Afternoon Parallel Sessions A and B
  • 19.00 CET Social Event

8 June

  • 9.00 - 11.00 CET Morning Parallel Sessions A and B
  • Coffee Break
  • 11.30 - 13.30 CET Morning Parallel Sessions A and B

Lunch

  • 15.00 - 17.00 CET Afternoon Parallel Sessions A and B

9 June

  • 9.00 - 11.00 CET Morning Session
  • Coffee Break
  • 11.15 - 13.15 CET Morning Session

Lunch

  • 14.00 - 16.00 CET Afternoon Session

Students will attend some of them, depending on their interests. Then, groups will give presentations (a CIVIS dissertation). After the presentations, in light of the lectures given during the physical event, discussions involving all the students will occur. 

Virtual part

The virtual part will be running from 11 May to 16 May 2023.

11 May

9.30 - 10.30 CET Welcome time and introduction to the School.

Class 1: 10.45 - 12.45 CET Environment and local politics: some empirical evidence

12 May 

Class 1: 10.00 - 12.00 CET The causal impact of the EU Cohesion Policy

Class 2: 15.00 - 17.00 CET How Do Anti-consumerism and Environmentalism Shape the Environment?

15 May

Class 1: 9.00 - 11.00 CET Governance models and Green Transition

Class 2: 11.30 - 13.30 CET Institutions, Environment and Inequality  

16 May 

Class 1: 9.00 - 11.00 CET Systemic Risk, resilience and sustainability

Class 2: 11.30 - 13.30 CET Discussion of the CIVIS Reading Packet and assignments for the physical program

Requirements

This course is open to Masters' and PhD students in Economics, Social life and Institutions, or Environment at CIVIS member universities.

Applicants that do not possess some or all of these criteria are still eligible to apply.

  • Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Engineering, or Political Science
  • Having prior research experience on a topic linked to the issues addressed by the School

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.

Application process

Interested students should apply by filling in the online application form by 28 February 2023. 

Applications will be evaluated based on the relevance of the CV and of the Motivational letter.

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Assessment

During the virtual phase of the course, students will be provided with a Course Reading Package containing several readings focusing on the issues the course will address. Taking inspiration from these readings, and with the help of supervisors from the School, students will select issues and form small working groups (2/3 students) for elaborating a final report (CIVIS dissertation). The report will be presented during the in-person phase of the course.

The final evaluation will take into account both students’ attendance at classes and the final report.

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

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  • Carmen Arguedas, Professor of Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Ana Hidalgo-Cabrillana, Associate Professor of Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Tanguy van Ypersele, Professor of Economics, Aix-Marseille université
  • Karine Gente, Professor of Economics, Aix-Marseille université
  • Frank Staehler, Professor of Economics, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Andrea Tulli, Assistant Professor (Economics), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Ornella Tarola, Professor of Economics, DiSSE, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Emma Galli, Professor of Economics, DiSSE, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Marco Marini, Professor of Economics, DiSSE, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Roy Cerqueti, Professor of Statistics, DiSSE, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Giulio Moini, Professor of Sociology, DiSSE, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Giuseppe Ricotta, Professor of Sociology, DiSSE, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Augusto Cerqua, Assistant Professor (Statistics), DiSSE, Sapienza Università di Roma