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Globalization, the digital revolution, the ecological crisis, the unsustainable nature of contemporary economic systems are only some of the considerable phenomena redefining the principal challenges to progress as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within this complex and shifting scenario, which calls to action institutions, research bodies and international organizations alike, there is an increasing demand for professionals able to operate at various levels in novel and traditional careers pertaining to sustainability: the Sustainable Development Jobs.

The last few years have witnessed a growing commitment from business and individuals towards developing new pathways in Corporate Social Responsibility on the one hand, and to putting in place areas dedicated to Sustainability Management on the other. These trends join an already consolidated strategy from communication and marketing sectors within business, which had already perceived in the culture of sustainability an opportunity to relaunch a business’s brand identity.

Comunità sostenibili, interview with Donovan Hohn, Journalist

These changes in course are the result of an intensified advocacy within international organizations and institutions on the topic of sustainability, as demonstrated by the approval in 2000 of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), extended and relaunched in 2015 with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the White Paper on the Future of Europe by Jean Claude Juncker; the Milan Charter published for Expo Milan 2015; signing of the Paris Agreement and the recent outcomes of Cop24 in Katowice.

This scenario highlights the urgency to rethink and question certain fundamental tenets of today’s current models of production and consumption, how to achieve an efficient use of resources, how to introduce of forms of circular economies through to a reorganization of urban space, based on models which consider not just innovation and technology but also social well-being within a more general context of biodiversity throughout both territory and community.

It’s against this background that the Second Level Master’s in Sustainable Development Jobs has been formulated and proposed by the University of Milan-Bicocca together with Fondazione G. Feltrinelli in collaboration with the University of Milan, the Milan Polytechnic, the University of Pavia and the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (l’Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, ASvIS). A high-level multidisciplinary course based on a strong synergy between theory and practice which aims at developing skills and know-how, putting together sustainability’s multiple facets and provide an alternative to the verticality of a sector-focused approach. The Master’s course is promoted by entities active in both research and education who have collaborated to establish a platform for instruction, practice, skills and networks engendering a vocational pathway for students and an update for professionals already active in the field.


 The characteristics of the Course offered are:

1. An academic partnership between University of Milan-Bicocca, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, University of Milan, Milan Polytechnic, University of Pavia and Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASViS);

2. The adoption of a comprehensive vision of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

3. The offer of a multidisciplinary educational project aimed at probing into all aspects of sustainability;

4. A strong focus on employment opportunities through an emphasis on 5 professional profiles (sustainability manager, sustainability ambassador, community engager, communication specialist, research advisor), with direct participation in the course from business through workshops, case studies analysis and the provision of internships with over 20 business partners.



1. To create professionals able to apply the principles of sustainability to the diverse components of contemporary society: from management objectives within the private sector to the needs emanating from the public sphere, with an ability to interact with the communities, mindful of both their needs and expectations.

2. To supply the tools for a critical and integrated analysis of the multiple aspects underlying the idea of sustainability.

3. To promote the dissemination of concrete practices aimed at sustainability.



 The course envisages a programme closely linking theory to sustainability practices. The activities consist of didactic assignments which, in addition to presenting a theoretical framework for the topics covered, provide analysis, planning, management and monitoring skills essential for an understanding and integrated handling of social, environmental, economic and cultural issues assisting sustainable development.





Sustainable development: policy, concepts and measures
Università degli Studi di PaviaAims to provide a discussion of the principal concepts of development and related practices from an analytical perspective and examine sustainability tools and policies. From development plans: MDGs to SDGs, to analysis of growth, inequality and poverty, through to a discussion of the economic growth Indicators (growth rates), human development (HDI, IHDI, MPI etc.) and missed development opportunities.
Analysis, conservation and evaluation of biodiversity and natural resources
Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicoccathis subject will cover issues of defining biodiversity, the history of life on earth and appropriate management methods, beginning with the current crisis.
Basic of circular economy
Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicoccaproviding up-to-date know-how on advanced technologies necessary for the development of a society founded on principles of bio-economics. The main components of the entire supply chain will be described and analyzed, identifying the technological needs and benefits deriving from a paradigm change to a circular economy..
Principles and methods for an integrates evaluation of social and environmental impact
Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicoccaresearching the effects of mobility and of new forms of socio-economic and residential settlements, as well as providing skills for an analysis and preventive assessment of environmental consequences for use in relation to the Environmental Impact Assessment, the Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Environmental Impact Authorizations processes.
Sustainable consumer choices and food policy
Università degli Studi di MilanoThe course seeks to provide analytical tools in a general context of sustainable food systems, with a special focus on consumer trends in the food industry, factors which determine product choice; sustainable food standards; labelling and certification of foodstuffs and food market policies.

Integrated design of sustainable nutrition-sensitive agro-food system

Università degli Studi di Milanocitizen planning strategies in areas of high rates of social, economic and environmental fragility, with a focus on sustainable urban and community planning and citizen planning in urban spaces.

Planning for sustainability. cities and communities

Politecnico di Milanocitizen planning strategies in areas of high rates of social, economic and environmental fragility, with a focus on sustainable urban and community planning and citizen planning in urban spaces.

Territorial planning and climate changes

Politecnico di MilanoAnalysis, planning and management of urban spaces with a focus on adapting and mitigating the effects of stress factors on anthropic ecosystems, implementing the notions of resilience in all its diverse applications.
Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli




Sustainability culture

Analysis of methods and practices for communicating sustainability, with a special focus on the use of innovative approaches for public participation, through use of the web and crowdsourcing methods.

Stakeholders and community engagement

Tools, techniques and goals for stakeholders engagement and community engagement, with a special focus on the analysis of case studies and best practices.

Responsible Research and Innovation

An introduction to the key aspects of RRI, from gender issues to open access, ethics and integrity, public participation and science education. Analyzing case studies spread over the four aspects of RRI.

Metrics for sustainability

An introduction to measuring quantifications, measuring performance in the environmental, social and government spheres. Analysis of composites within the sustainability framework, with case studies.

Consensus building and science diplomacy

management strategies for all phases of project implementation in the sphere of sustainable development and within the SDGs framework: from strategic goals to an analytical management of structures, communication.

Project management

management strategies for all phases of project implementation in the sphere of sustainable development and within the SDGs framework: from strategic goals to an analytical management of structures, communication.


During the second semester, students have to carry out an internship within one of the partner institutions, in order to experiment one of the professions of sustainability. Students who already has a job have the possibility to carry out a Project Work within the workplace they belong to.This kind of activity is defined in agreement between the Scientific Committee, the employer and the student.




This Master’s course is aimed at second level graduates in all relevant spheres, professionals in the private sector, officials in public administration and government bodies as well as experts collaborating with NGOs and international agencies.



ALESSANDRO BANTERLE (Full Professor, Dept. Of Science and Environmental Politics; Economics and Food Politics. University of Milan)

STEFANO BOCCHI (Full Professor, Dept. Of Science and Environmental Politics, Agronomy and Herbaceous Cultivations. University of Milan-Bicocca)

PAOLA BRANDUARDI (Full Professor, Dept. Technologies and Biosciences, Chemistry and Fermentation Biotechnology. University of Milan-Bicocca)

MAURIZIO CASIRAGHI (Full Professor, Zoology. University of Milan-Bicocca)

LAURA CAVALLI (she is senior researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
within the Research Program Sustainability and Society (SAS) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network Manager for Italy);

ENRICA CHIAPPERO MARTINETTI (Full Professor, Political Economy. University of Pavia)


UGO GUARNACCI (Policy Officer, European Commission)

STEFANO MIRTI (Architect and Coordinator. NABA Milan)

EUGENIO MORELLO (Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Technique. Milan Polytechnic)

MARCO ORLANDI (Full Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Analytical Chemistry. University of Milan-Bicocca)

EMILIO PADOA-SCHIOPPA (Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Biology and Ecosystem Ecology. University of Milan-Bicocca)

GABRIELE PASQUI (Full Professor, Dept of Architecture and Urban Studies, Technical and Urban Planning. Milan Polytechnic)

NICO PITRELLI (Head of Communications and Media Relations, SISSA)

FRANCESCO RAMPA (European Center for Development and Policy Management (ECDPM)

ADRIANA VALENTE (Research Director, Social Studies of Science, Education, Communication, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies- The National Research Council);

SALVATORE VECA (Honorary President, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation) 


Sustainability manager: a position aimed at reducing the environmental impact of productive processes, while favouring processes of social inclusion, territorial regeneration and capacity building through interaction with the local communities.
Sustainability ambassador: whose role within a company framework is to identify, interpret and deal with the challenges and problems raised by the implementation of sustainability to the processes of production, distribution and consumption forming the basis of business models.
Community engager: to interact with the local communities and identify their needs, expectations and skills, with a view to promoting positive dynamics to improve the territory having regard to all resources, from environmental to human.
Communication specialist: acts as communicator and content manager able to identify – thanks to an understanding of the phenomena – problems, solutions and the correct approach for understanding them, as well as promote sustainability, its collective application while at the same time encouraging the need for individual awareness and action.
Research advisor: a role which entails planning and drafting projects using research methods which ensure that work output is constructed and directed towards answering real needs, such as inclusivity and resource-sharing, findings and know-how.


Admission application
The application must be submitted strictly within 18 March 2019. The candidates must apply on-line on the website accessing the section “Segreterie Online”.

Admission list
Admission list will be published on the University of Milano-Bicocca website at the following link.




ADMISSION DEADLINE: by March 18, 2019

DURATION AND TIMETABLE: The Master’s Course runs from May 2019 to April 2020. Lessons and laboratories on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.

LOCATION: University of Milan-Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza, 1; Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, viale Pasubio, 5 Milano

COURSE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Master’s (Laurea Magistrale) or Master’s (previous Italian legislation) or their equivalents, as well as a good knowledge of English

AVAILABILITY: 25, subject to an admissions test

SELECTION: The admissions test will be held on March 29, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the University of Milan-Bicocca, piazza della Scienza 1. Selection for admission will be effected via an evaluation of the Applicant’s curriculum, an evaluation of a brief presentation regarding sustainable development and an interview which also seeks to establish the Applicant’s level of English.

FEES: 4.000 euro