An inter -university program offered jointly by the Centre for Social Studies (CES) and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (III), University of Coimbra, the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT), and the Centre for Geographical Studies (CEG) of the University of Lisbon, and by the Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro.




Degree Coordinator at IGOT: Professor José Luís Zêzere

Doctoral level Coordinator at IGOT: Prof.ª Doutora Maria Lucinda Fonseca


In 2016/2017 the programme will be hosted by the University of Aveiro.

For more information:

Current programme Structure approved by Despacho n. 2578/2011, published in Diário da República, 2ª série n. 25 of 4/03/2011.



Risk Sciences, as a disciplinary area of research, has, in recent years, gained growing visibility and institutional recognition, especially with international agencies such as UNESCO and the Council of Europe.A Doctorate Degree in Territory, Risk and Public Policy is an advanced training program aimed at the development of scientific research skills and the upgrading of professional qualifications in the specific area of risk sciences.The degree’s programme is aimed at those possessing a variety of higher education specialisations, ranging from social sciences to natural and exact sciences, to technology-based sciences, allowing for an integrated perspective of resilience capacity quantification and community and individual resistance based on joint considerations of various uncertainties and selection of relevant variables for the assessment and perception of community risks.



To provide solid, scientific training, on one hand, in different areas relating to the issue of risk, on the other, from the aspect of process modeling, spatial planning and mobilisation of individuals and communities as it concerns the articulation and implementation of public policies. The programme sets out to define structures and tools that support risk management policies, taking into consideration structural measures and emergency systems, including measures to reduce social vulnerability and the designing of regulatory instruments, in conjunction with taking into account national and international legal frameworks, strategies and regulations, in addition to local community policies.The programme runs for a total of four years.