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Territory, Risk and Public Policies

Territory, Risk and Public Policies

Doctoral Degree
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning
In Association 
Com outras Instituições de Ensino Superior
Time period 
Day time
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 188/2010
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The PhD in Territory, Risk and Public Policies is an inter-university programme jointly offered by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) and the Centre for Geographical Studies (CEG) of the University of Lisbon, the Centre for Social Studies (CES) and the Interdisciplinary Research Institute (III) of the University of Coimbra, and the Department of Environment and Spatial Planning of the University of Aveiro.
Risk Sciences, as a disciplinary area, have acquired in recent years a growing visibility and institutionalization, especially in international organizations such as UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
The PhD programme was designed for a public with higher education, but diversified, ranging from social sciences to natural and exact sciences and technologies, allowing for an integrated vision and quantification of the resilience and resistance capacity of communities and individuals, based on the joint consideration of several uncertainties, and on the selection of relevant variables for the assessment and perception of risk in human communities.
The course provides solid scientific training in the different areas related to the problematic of risk, both in the modelling of processes, in territorial management and in the mobilisation of individuals and communities, as well as in the articulation and implementation of public policies. The aim is to define the foundations and support instruments for risk management policy, including, in addition to structural measures and emergency systems, measures to reduce social vulnerability, normative instruments, taking into account the national legal and strategic framework, as well as community directives and the strategies and regulations of international organisations.
The programme runs for a total of four years.


The doctoral program aims to provide solid training in areas related to risk. The program is structured along three strategic lines: a) promotion of a critical vision, both in relation to the concepts of risk, vulnerability and social resilience, as well as risk assessment and management instruments, considering the contextual dimensions of the risks (sociological dimension); b) the possibility for trainees to be involved in risk analysis in the context of different programs and plans for development and land use planning, in studies to assess policies and in projects with territorial impact (planning dimension); c) analysis of environmental risks and climate change, critically assessing international and national governance policies in this area (environmental dimension).
The program also intends to establish ways of involving communities, institutions, actors and citizens in risk governance practices.

Career prospects 
Teaching career in Higher Education Institutions Research Career Technical consultancy, research, training, development, monitoring and evaluation of projects, in the respective area of specialization Managerial and executive positions in international and national organisations

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
Application requirements: a) Holders of a master degree, with a minimum classification of “Good” or legal equivalent; b) Holders of an undergraduate degree: Bachelor degree or legal equivalent, with an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized as attesting the ability to carry out this cycle of studies, as well as holders of a legally recognized foreign higher education equivalent degree and grades; c) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the ability to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Board of IGOT.
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