Priority research topics

Under the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (see here for more information) a special research topic is:

Ecosystem services at regional scale in the EU bio-economies.
The updated EU bioeconomy strategy encompasses not only the primary production sectors and the industrial sectors that use biological resources and processes normally at large scale in capital- and labor-intensive industrial plants, but also the ecosystems and the cultural and regulating services they provide, with potential positive effects in the local economies, even if mainly in small scale activities connected to tourism, educational, cultural and sport activities. In this context, the assessment and valuing of forest ecosystem services and their role in the whole economy is essential. The overall aim of the PhD is to investigate over the contribution of forest ecosystems to the local and regional (bio-)economies, characterizing the type of beneficiaries such as e.g. industries or citizens in rural areas or cities.


“Young scientists for Vaia” research program: 4 topics on the dynamic, impacts and management options related to the Vaia storm

  • The Vaia storm: risk perception, TEV of the damages and attitudes versus mitigation programs (D.Pettenella, M.Thiene, T.Tempesta, P.Gatto, L.Secco, D.Vecchiato, M.Masiero)
  • Post-windthrow short-term regeneration dynamics: monitoring the effect of deadwood manipulation (T,Anfodillo, M.Carrer, E.Lingua, G.Petit)
  • Wood transportation and logistics in complex scenarios and the rule of primary and secondary road network. The case of Vaia storm in the Northeast of Italy (R.Cavalli, S.Grigolato, F.Pirotti)
  • The Vaia flood event: observations and prediction of sediment and large wood dynamics (M.Lenzi, M.Borga, V.D’Agostino,  P.Tarolli, L.Picco, C.Gregoretti)

PhD students will work with an inter-displinary approach and will receive a special financial support to cover their travel and allowance costs.


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

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