The UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Territory Management was established in 2010 at the University of Turin.

Since 2013 the Unesco Chair runs a first level Master Degree on Socio environmental and agri food networks sustainability.

The master's degree aims to train entrepreneurs of micro and small enterprises within agricultural supply chains and local food and sustainable rural development agents. These professionals will be able to promote, in local and global scenarios, the transition to environmental sustainability and provide local actors expertise for the design and management of sustainable supply chains and rural development interventions in a landscape perspective. Main fields of employment: small and medium agricultural enterprise and agribusiness, trade associations, agricultural and agri-food cooperatives, business networks, consortia, networks GAS or solidarity economy.

The master offer an interdisciplinary approach: teachers from academia alongside professionals and technicians, it combines courses and workshops in the field of social science, agriculture, economy, local marketing and communication.

More generally, the aims of the chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of sustainable development and territory management; to facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally recognize researches and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Italy, in other region of the world, and more specifically in Latin America and Euro-Mediterranean regions.

The specific objectives of this Chair are to train experts, professionals and consultants in:

  • monitoring the environmental and social quality of life at the local, regional, national and international levels, preventing natural and hazardous risks, and promoting sustainable development in consumption;
  • preserving and promoting bio-cultural diversity by enhancing the local knowledge, traditions and heritage that are crucial aspects of sustainable development; 
  • leading the ecological transition at social, economic and production levels, guiding civil society, the private sector and public sector organizations towards new ways of production, distribution and consumption of energy, commodities and services;
  • increase and improve international cooperation for research on environmental issues such as consumption, urban and rural development, environmental policies and conflicts, environmental health and environmental sustainable innovation, as well as scientific and technological strategies;increase and improve the international dissemination of research outcomes on environmental-related topics.
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