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The New University of Lisbon (UNL – Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) was founded in 1973. UNL is a university institution with internationally recognized research and quality teaching, progressively oriented towards second and third cycle programs. UNL has nine academic units and two main campuses, one in Campolide (Lisbon) and another in Caparica (Almada), where the Faculty of Sciences and Technology is located. The university enrolls over 16,600 students.

Faculty of Sciences and Technology

The program of the European Master of System Dynamics will be accommodated by the Faculty of Sciences and Tecnhnology (FCT – Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia). Founded in 1977, the FCT/UNL is currently one of the most prestigious Portuguese public schools of science and engineering. FCT/UNL enrols ca. 7,500 students, has around 500 academic and research staff. It has 14 departments/sectors, 8 support services and hosts 16 research centres. An important measure of academic quality at FCT/UNL is provided by growing employer satisfaction and successful job market insertion of FCT/UNL graduates and postgraduates. FCT/UNL keeps close links with many Portuguese and foreign universities with regard to the exchange of academic staff and students, as well as collaboration within research projects. Through its departments and research centres, FCT/UNL also provides a range of services to public and private enterprises within its areas of expertise. At FCT/UNL, it will be the Ecological Economics and Environmental Management Group (ECOMAN), from CENSE – Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research, which will provide lecturers for the programme.

Dr. P. Antunes
Paula Antunes has a PhD in Environmental Systems from the New University of Lisbon, and works in ecological economics, namely in the fields of sustainability studies, environmental management and environmental assessment and modelling. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, lecturing environmental management and ecological economics, both in graduate and undergraduate courses. Paula Antunes has a background in environmental engineering and has a great deal of experience in developing interdisciplinary work and coordinating multidisciplinary research teams. She is the coordinator of CENSE – Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research.

Dr. R. Santos
Rui Santos has a PhD in Environmental Engineering (Environmental Economics and Social Systems) from the New University of Lisbon and a MSc. in Operations Research from the Technical University of Lisbon (IST). He is working in ecological economics, mainly in the areas of design and evaluation of environmental policy instruments, socio-economic assessments and cost benefit analysis. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, lecturing in several undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental economics and ecological economics. An economist by training, he has acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience in environmental science and engineering and has participated and coordinated several multidisciplinary projects integrating environmental and socio-economic aspects.

Dr. N. Videira
Nuno Videira has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the New University of Lisbon (UNL) and a Master in Philosphy in System Dynamics from the University of Bergen. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, where he collaborates in environmental economics and environmental management courses. His current research interests include mediated modelling, participatory methods for environmental and sustainability assessment, and environmental management instruments. He has collaborated on several research projects and studies supported by national and international organisations.

Programme

Sustainability Science (10 ECs)
Students will gain an understanding of the concept of sustainable development and of the assumptions and implications of the different perspectives regarding SD. They will also be able to understand how a system dynamics approach can be useful for formulating policies aimed at promoting sustainability. Students learn to assess and make use of the sustainability concepts, and methods involved in solving different problems in business organisations and in public policy domains. Furthermore, students can reflect on the principles of sustainability in combination with system dynamics.

Integrative modelling (10 ECs)
Students will be introduced to several integrated modelling concepts and approaches and its application to environmental and sustainability assessment processes. This will allow the development of several competences, such as: i) Understanding of integrated modelling concepts and tools; ii) Capacity to critically assess and combine two or several modelling approaches, for a better system comprehension and policy evaluation possibilities; iii) Ability to judge issues and values associated with different combinations of models, and how various system levels interact in a system dynamics perspective; ability to discuss issues of uncertainty, complexity and knowledge representation in integrative model building processes; iv) Understanding the role that integrated modelling can play and capacity to apply methods and tools in environmental appraisal and policy formulation contexts, namely for visioning, foresight, future scenarios studies, public and stakeholder participation, and the evaluation of ecosystems functions and services.

Sustainability Strategies Lab (10 ECs)
This course is aimed at introducing the main concepts that are relevant for the development of sustainable development policies applied in a real-world situation. It is expected that students develop several competences, namely: i) Understanding the main concepts and tools for the formulation of policies aimed at sustainable management of natural resources; ii) Capacity to assess and propose the application of different environmental policy instruments in a particular context; iii) Applying a system dynamics approach in the formulation and evaluation of a sustainability strategy and policy proposals; iv) Understanding the relationship between sustainability strategies and competitiveness in private and public organizations.
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