• Application Deadline
  • 27 days
The Food and Innovation in Rural Transition - The Tuscany Case offered at University of Pisa aims at increasing awareness and competencies about food issues and transition in agriculture and rural areas and to prepare students in order to design future sustainable transitions pathways able to meet medium and long-term societal and consumer demands.


In particular, the Food and Innovation in Rural Transition - The Tuscany Case programme offered at University of Pisa walks students along the investigation of four themes. These themes fall into the four above mentioned factors influencing the sustainability of rural transition and keep a focus on small farming. 

The themes can be synthesised as it follows:

1. Small farms, sustainable tourism and territorial valorisation. This theme explores how small farms contribute to creating opportunities for a sustainable, experiential and multi-seasonal quality tourism sector. This theme includes analysis of rural tourism supply systems with particular reference to local production and agro-food supply chains and other traditional local products; multi-functionality and diversification of agriculture, agro-tourism, social agriculture, analysis of short supply chains

2. Small farms and political agenda. This theme focusses on if, and which, policy acts support directly (e.g. subsidies) or indirectly (e.g. by mentioning small farming as part of broader political strategies) small farms.

3. Small farms, economic viability and socio-cultural suitability. This theme explores how small farms are organised and work. It focusses on their dimensions with respect to production, income generation, employment capacity, market capacity. Moreover, the theme investigates the ability of small farms to produce services (e.g. employment opportunities) and goods (e.g. food products) that are adequate to the local expectations and needs as they are influenced by the socio-cultural and demographic features (e.g. jobs and products for which there is demand of; practices of food provisioning and acquisition that are in line with food traditions).

4. Small farms and the environment. This theme focusses on the impact of small farms on the environment. Namely, on the way small farms activities impact on the use and reproduction of genetic resources, agroecosystem services and abiotic factors.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The Summer Course is organized into 3 learning sections:

  • Literature review
  • Research Methodologies 
  • Food and Innovation in Rural Transition (case-study) 


EU and Non-EU students (University degree or Bachelor degree, Master degree) as well as PhD students


  • Prof. Francesco Di Iacovo

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor degree or Mastrer degree; 
  • High level of english
  • Identity Document (*Passport in case you are a foreign student*)
  • Enrolment Form
  • Curriculum Vitae

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1600 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1600 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 27 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1600 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1600 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 27 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

1000 EUR Fees;

600 EUR Accommodation

Living costs for Lucca

  • 700 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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