• Application Deadline
  • 27 days
Rural transition has recently become a hot issue in both European and non-European countries. Rural areas are involved in dynamics of development whose sustainability cannot be taken for granted. The Food and Innovation in Rural Transition - The Tuscany Case programme is offered by University of Pisa.
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The Summer School Food and Innovation in Rural Transition - The Tuscany Case from University of Pisa  explores how small farms impact on sustainable rural transition while contributing to food provisioning. 

In particular, the programme 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:

  • 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 and consumption, employment and market integration. Moreover, the theme investigates the ability of small farms to provide employment opportunities and foods, adequate to meet the local expectations and needs (e.g. jobs and products for which there is demand of; practices of food provisioning and acquisition, in line with food traditions)
  • 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
  • Small farms and the environment. There is a growing recognition that agriculture can contribute to providing ecosystem services, defined as the multiple benefits provided by ecosystems to mankind (i.e., life
  • support, such as nutrient cycle, soil formation and primary production, supply such as food production, drinking water, materials or fuel, regulation, such as climate, water purification, pollination and infestation control, cultural values including aesthetic, spiritual, educational and recreational ones). This theme focuses on the relations between farming and the environment and, particularly, on the way small farms contribute to the use and reproduction of genetic resources, agroecosystem services and abiotic factors.
  • Small farms and political agenda. It is recognised that small(er) farms make up an important share of total agricultural employment and play an important role in many rural economies particularly in more fragile and disadvantaged regions. This theme focusses on the intrinsic values associated with small farms and their instrumental advantages for other policy objectives and on how policies support directly (e.g. subsidies) or indirectly (e.g. by including small farming as part of broader political strategies) small farms.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 27 days
  • Credits
    10 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • The Summer School aims to increase 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 concerns and emerging consumer demands.
  • The Course will provide students engaged with agricultural and rural studies an immersive experience on the Tuscan territory, which provides interesting world-wide known examples of diversified rural development.


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.

General Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree, fluent engish, background in rural development field
Required Documents
  • Identity Document (passport in case you are a foreign student)
  • Enrolment Form 
  • Curriculum Vitae

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1000 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 27 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1000 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 27 days.
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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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