PhD in Interdisciplinary Management of Landscape

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The goal of this PhD programme is to develop methodological approaches and capacities to support scientifically the design and evaluation of public policies and management tools which can contribute for meeting the demands of society concerning land cover, which requires interdisciplinary developments integrating a variety of scientific fields as ecology, soil sciences, hydrology, agronomy, economy, sociology, geography, political science and ethics. There are interdisciplinary fields of this type in approaches such as landscape ecology, conservation biology, ecological economics, and regional sciences, but there is a need for more integrative work and progression in this domain, so that adequate conceptual background and practical solutions can be met.


With this PhD programme, students will be able to develop integrated methods to connect disciplinary paradigms with Man and the Environment as their subject. The intention is that the students will be able to learn, adapt and create methods to: a) assess goods and services provided by the landscape, such as biodiversity, hunting, environmental quality, recreation, carbon sequestration, identity preservation, etc. ; b) design and assess policies for land use, as related with spatial planning, regulation, taxes and subsidies, market creation and new property regimes; c) propose decision support tools, such as multi-criteria analysis, ecological-economic modelling, participatory methods; d) understand practices and social perception, as well as the social construction of land use; e) develop spatial models integrating the environment, technology, economics and regulation;

Admission Requirements

May apply for the study cycle: a) holders of a master's degree in Agronomy, Economics, Biology, Environment, Geography, Engineering, or related fields, or legally equivalent qualifications; b) holders of degrees with 240 ECTS, or more, in Agronomy, Economics, Biology, Environment, Geography, Engineering, or similar areas, or with legally equivalent qualifications, who hold a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the scientific council as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies and demonstrate extensive experience in the area of studies in question; c) holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the scientific council as attesting the ability to hold a doctorate and demonstrates extensive experience in the area of the study cycle.

Professional Opportunities

Consultant in the areas of territorial planning, agri-environmental policy, rural development, environmental impact assessment, air quality and sound environment; Manager of protected areas, water resources, solid waste, waste water and water supply, pollution control systems and energy resources; Researcher and evaluator of projects in the course area.


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Course Code


ECTS Credits



3 Years

Study Regime

Full-time attendance, in daytime schedule

    Mobility Coordinator


  • Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • R/A-Cr 184/2010 de 19-10-2010

Study Program

Code Name Year Semester
0300006Landscape, Biodiversity and Society1st year1st semester
0300007Project Seminar1st year1st semester
0300028Thesis proposal1st year2nd semester
0300029Elaboration of the Thesis2nd yearYearly
0300030Thesis Preparation and Defense3rd yearYearly

Optional Curricular Subjects

Code Name Year Semester
0300035Agricultural and Agri-Food Economics1st yearSemestrial
0300040Conservation Priorities Assessment1st yearSemestrial
0300034Ecotourism and Valorization of Natural Resources1st yearSemestrial
0300036Environmental Economics1st yearSemestrial
0300037Food Products Marketing1st yearSemestrial
0300039Management and Planning Silvicola1st yearSemestrial
0300033Methodologies Decision Support1st yearSemestrial
0300031Natural Resource Management1st yearSemestrial
0300041Quantitative Methods in Socio-Economics1st yearSemestrial
0300026Option I1st year1st semester
0300025Option II1st year1st semester
0300027Specialization course1st year1st semester
0300032Bio-diversity and Conservation1st year2nd semester
0300038Regional Sustainable Development1st year2nd semester
0300065Specialization course1st year2nd semester