Priority research topics

PHD POSITION ON GLOBAL TRADE FLOW AND THE FOREST SECTOR

The University of Padova, Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro-forestali (TESAF-UNIPD) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission are inviting applications for PhD positions through the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme. The CDP scheme intends to enhance the science-policy link through strategic collaborations with higher education institutions characterized by research excellence and international reputation, in order to:

  • Train a new generation of doctoral graduates in science and technology with a focus on the science-policy interface, able to understand the research needs at different stages of the policy cycle, capable of providing scientific support to policy and of using transferable skills in science communication and knowledge management.
  • Co-develop, co-host and co-supervise doctoral studies between higher education institutions and the JRC.
  • Strengthen collaboration between the JRC and higher education institutions by promoting mutual enhancement of related skills and competences, combining existing knowledge and capacities, and enhancing networking in key scientific areas.

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RESERVED GRANTS FOR THE 2020 SELECTION

Applicants are encouraged to declare in the application their interest for one or more of the following topics (more info here):

  • Study and implementation of technology for monitoring and control of nutritional and water stresses or phytosanitary problems in greenhouse crops and viticulture (Supervisor: Francesco Marinello and Diego Tomasi)
  • Forest management for wild food in the rural economy (Supervisors: Giai Petit and Elena Pisani)
  • Socio-economic resilience and impacts of climate change on natural resources of mountain economies (Supervisors: Laura Secco and Davide Pettenella)
  • Natural Capital Net-Impact Approaches in supply chain analysis in the agro-industrial and forestry sectors (INPS - Istituto Nazionale di Previdenza Sociale) open only to applicants that are sons or daughters of workers registered with INPS). Borsa riservata ai candidati che al momento della presentazione della domanda di partecipazione al concorso risultino essere i figli o orfani di iscritti alla Gestione unitaria delle prestazioni creditizie e sociali o di pensionati utenti della Gestione dipendenti pubblici (allegare la seguente dichiarazione sostitutiva di certificazione, scaricabile dal sito https://www.tesaf.unipd.it/en/sites/tesaf.unipd.it.en/files/Autocertificazione_generica.doc). È obbligo per il vincitore di svolgere un periodo di studio e ricerca di 8 mesi presso Etifor Srl e di minimo 6 mesi all’estero. La borsa verrà assegnata sub condicione alla verifica dei requisiti richiesti e alla conseguente conferma del finanziamento da parte dell’INPS.
  • Green infrastructures and nature-based solutions for urban community sustainability, resilience and wellbeing: possible solutions, expected impacts, investment needs/opportunities and insights for policy makers (grant co-financed by ETIFOR, hosting organisation, and UniSART-CARIPARO). More info (in Italian) here

 

Research area Agriculture, forest and food economics and policy

Priority Research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Consumer attitudes towards food quality attributes

E.Defrancesco, S.Trestini, V.Boatto

2

Geographical indications: i) common property right protection in the extra-EU countries ii) common property rights governance

E.Defrancesco

3

Forest governance and policy issues, in particular focused on deforestation and forest degradation and possible nature-based solutions

D.Pettenella, L.Secco, M. Masiero

4

The role of social innovation in rural development and nature-based solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss and the provision of the ecosystem services.

L. Secco, E.Pisani, M. Masiero

5

Wine economics and policy

L.Galletto, V.Boatto, E.Pomarici

6

Economic valuation of Environmental Resources and non-market goods 

M.Thiene

7

Energy markets and demand analysis

M.Thiene, D.Pettenella

8

Community-based forest management: resilience, adaptation and impact on natural resources

P.Gatto, L.Secco

9

Landscape and economy

T.Tempesta

10

Italian food exports and foreign consumer perception 

L.Rossetto

11

Food supply chain analysis  

L.Rossetto

12

Farm economics and Common Agricultural Policy analysis

S.Trestini, V.Boatto, E.Defrancesco 

13

Farm risk management

S.Trestini, V.Boatto

14

Agricultural policy impact analysis methods

G.Stefani, E.Defrancesco

15

Collective action and alternative food networks

G.Stefani, E.Defrancesco

 

Research area Forest ecology and forest management

Priority research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Optimality principles driving the hydraulic architecture in trees

T. Anfodillo, G.Petit

2

Allometric approaches for modelling forest structure

T. Anfodillo, M. Carrer, G.Petit

3

Dendroecology and quantitative wood anatomy

M. Carrer, G.Petit

4

Allometric scaling relationships of anatomical, structural and functional properties of trees

G. Petit

5

Global change effects on tree species and forest ecosystems

M. Carrer, G.Petit

6

Soil biology and ecosystem services

A. Zanella

7

Organic and conservative agriculture for reducing global warming

A. Zanella, R.Ghisi

8

Post-disturbance forest dynamics

E.Lingua

9

Forest structure analysis by LiDAR and optical data

E.Lingua, F.Pirotti

10

Analysis of forest parameters using remote sensing and geographic information systems

F.Pirotti

11

Forest and Treeline dynamics

E.Lingua, M.Carrer, G.Petit

12

Tree farming and agro-forestry system for biomass and quality timber

M. Pividori, T. Sitzia

13

Forest biodiversity conservation and management in the Natura 2000 ecological network and other areas

M. Pividori, T. Sitzia

14

Management and plant diversity in alien tree communities

M. Pividori, T. Sitzia

15

Landscape-forest patterns and processes in urban and suburban areas

P.Semenzato, T.Sitzia

16

Urban forests biodiversity and recreational use

P.Semenzato, T.Sitzia

17

Pest risk management of recently introduced forest diseases

L.Montecchio

18

Integrated pest management of fungal diseases in agroforestry

L.Montecchio


Research area Hydrology, water resources, land and soil conservation

Priority research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Hydrology, hydraulic, debris flow, sediment and log transport in mountain watersheds

M.A.Lenzi, V,D’Agostino, C.Gregoretti

2

Fluvial morphology, streams dynamics and restoration

 

M.A.Lenzi, V.D’Agostino, C.Gregoretti

3

Erosion processes and sediment transport: risk management

V.D’Agostino, M.A.Lenzi, C.Gregoretti

4

Geomorphology: geomorphometry-geomatics, landform analysis and erosion modelling

P.Tarolli, A.Vettore, G.Dalla Fontana, M.Borga, C.Gregoretti, A.Guarnieri

5

Flood and soil erosion processes: monitoring, prediction and forecasting

C.Gregoretti, M.Borga, G.Dalla Fontana

6

Soil, Water and Society

P.Tarolli, G.Dalla Fontana, M.Borga, V.D’Agostino

7

Linking riparian vegetation, fluvial woods and morphodynamics of gravel-bed-rivers

L.Picco, M.A.Lenzi, V.D’Agostino

8

Forest hydrology, ecohydrology and hillslope hydrology

G.Zuecco, M.Borga, G.Dalla Fontana

9

Snow and glacier hydrology

G.Dalla Fontana, P.Tarolli, M.Borga

10

Water pathways in forested catchments

G.Zuecco, M.Borga, G.Dalla Fontana

11

Flash flood risk management

M.Borga, G.Dalla Fontana


Research area Agriculture and forest mechanization and operations management

Priority research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Vineyard mechanization and precision viticulture technologies

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

2

Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for agriculture applications

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

3

Innovative sensors in agriculture

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

4

Agricultural (big) data management

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

5

Energy efficiency in agriculture at farm level

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

6

Reduced impact forest operations in sensitive areas

R.Cavalli, S.Grigolato

7

Climate change and forest operations

R.Cavalli, S. Grigolato

8

Optimization of wood transportation systems

S.Grigolato, R.Cavalli

9

Improving rural and woodland accessibility

S.Grigolato, R.Cavalli

10

Blue-green infrastructure for sustainable urban stormwater management

L.Bortolini, V. D'Agostino


Research area Viticulture and enology, food quality and nutrition

Priority research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Characterization of food allergens

G.Pasini, A.Curioni

2

Food digestibility and nutrition

G.Pasini, A.Curioni

3

Wine macromolecules and wine quality

A.Curioni, S.Vincenzi

4

Valorization of by-products from the food industry

G.Lomolino, S.Vincenzi

5

Metabolomics of nutraceuticals in foods and beverages 

R.Flamini, A.Curioni, S.Vincenzi

6

Food and wine quality and sensory analysis

G. Lomolino

(for the list of the potential supervisors please refer to the list of the supervisors and their research activities and publications)