STeDe EMJMD aims to create experts in the area of sustainable territorial development. More concretely it trains professionals to be able to help organizations acting in the territory (enterprises, local communities, civil society organizations) to draft sustainable development policies for economic, social, environmental, international and intercultural management. The Master concerns the economic competitiveness, social inclusion, environmental protection, international cooperation and intercultural relation challenges of territorial development focussing not only on local communities, but also on enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations. It also aims to offer an example of sustainable territory involving all local organizations, which should have human resources available and able to promote sustainable development. The programme can be attended only on a full-time basis. Attending lectures is compulsory; no distance learning will be provided.

Teaching languages are English and French.

The Master refers to the ability of:

– giving recommendations in the area of sustainable territorial development;

– taking part in the idea, analysis and management of a sustainable development policy on the territory;

– assessing the different validation tools for sustainable development actions and policies within public and private territorial organizations.


Job opportunities:

Job opportunities for alumni could be found in all sectors where sustainable development actions should be implemented, in particular in territorial organizations responsible for the creation of sustainable territories (territorial communities, enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations, local governments), the central government and international organizations.

Potential posts are: environmental adviser; sustainable development manager in local communities, public administrations, enterprises, civil society organizations & local governments; representative within local public institutions, national and international institutions, enterprises, trade unions & professional bodies.


Admission criteria:

Candidates with education in human and social sciences (economics, geography, sociology, development, management, law, etc.) or hard sciences (agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering, architecture, forestry, etc.) will be accepted to the Master. Candidates are requested to have a first cycle degree of 180 ECTS (Licenciatura, Bachelor degree, Laurea, Licence) or an equivalent degree (diplôme d’école d’ingénieurs, école de commerce etc.).

A good command of English and French, spoken and written, is required.

Programme structure

STeDe Master is a master level degree course and consists of 120 ECTS credits in two academic years (From October to August). All the course units and educational activities are offered in the four participating universities through a specific mobility scheme for the students: each participant will study in at least 3 different countries.

First semester

Università degli Studi di Padova


CU1 : Communication, culture and the knowledge of Italian socio-cultural environment (3 ECTS)

CU2 : Group Dynamics and Transformative Learning (6 ECTS)

CU3 : Project planning and evaluation (6 ECTS)

CU4 : Environmental and Social Responsibility in Local Development Process (6 ECTS)

CU5: How to Measure the Impact of Local Development (6 ECTS)

CU6: How to Enhance Group Dynamics: Issues in Sustainable Development, Intercultural Dialogue and Territoriality (4 ECTS)

CU7: Territorial Development and GIS (6 ECTS)


Second semester

KU Leuven


CU1 : Communication and Knowledge, and Socio-cultural and Economic Environment of Belgium (3 ECTS)

CU2 : Spatial Management (9 ECTS)

Choice from

  • Strategic Spatial Planning (6 ECTS)
  • Geography of Developing Countries (6 ECTS)
  • Critical Review of Sustainable Development Policies and Planning (3 ECTS)
  • Society – Environment Interactions (3 ECTS)
  • Natural Risk Management (3 ECTS)
  • Landscape urbanism (3 ECTS)
  • Urban political ecology (3 ECTS)

CU3: Intercultural and tourism destination management (6 ECTS)

Choice from

  • Tourism, Globalisation and Sustainable Develoment (3 ECTS)
  • Culture and Tourism (3 ECTS)
  • Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development (3 ECTS)
  • Conservation Policies (3 ECTS)

CU4: Integrated project from the place/destination management practice (9 ECTS)

  • Destination Management (from site to landscape) (6 ECTS)
  • Place Management (from neighbourhood to region) (6 ECTS)
  • Destination Management Assignment (from site to landscape) (3 ECTS)
  • Place Management Assignment (from neighbourhood to region) (6 ECTS)

Third Semester

Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne


CU0: French Language (0 ECTS)

CU1: Communication, culture and the knowledge of French socio-cultural environment (3 ECTS)

CU2: Mandatory courses (21 ECTS)

Module 1: Economie, développement durable et territoires (Min. 9 ECTS)

Choix parmi / Choice among the following courses:

  • Stratégies territoriales durables – Territorial strategies for sustainability(3 ECTS)
  • Economie et politiques de l’environnement – Environmental economics and policy(3 ECTS)
  • Entreprises et développement durable – Business and sustainable development(3 ECTS)
  • Finance et développement durable – Finance and sustainable development(3 ECTS)

Module 2: Stratégies locales (Min. 6 ECTS)

Choix parmi / Choice among the following courses:

  • Développement économique local – Local economic development (3 ECTS)
  • Economie numérique et développement du territoire: Information et dynamique territoriale – Digital economy and territorial development: Territorial information and Dynamics
  • Choix de localisation et dynamiques regionales – Location choices and territorial dynamics(3 ECTS)
  • Services publics locaux – Local public services (3 ECTS)
  • Evaluation des politiques publiques territoriales – Evaluation of public and territorial politics (3 ECTS)
  • Conduite d’un projet de territoire – Territorial project management(3 ECTS)

Module 3: Outils (Min. 3 ECTS)

Choix parmi / Choice among the following courses:

  • Analyse des données – Data analysis(3 ECTS)
  • Econométrie appliquée – Applied econometrics(3 ECTS)
  • Techniques d’enquête – Survey methodology(3 ECTS)
  • Cartographie SIG – Cartography GIS (3 ECTS)

CU3: Workshop (6 ECTS)

Fourth semester

Università degli Studi di Padova, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco, Université de Ouagadougou, University of Johannesburg

Internship (12 ECTS) and Thesis (18 ECTS) are jointly carried out under the responsibility of one of the 6 partner Universities, where the student is spending his/her 4th semester (host University). The case study can also be outside the Country of the host University. The Student can carry out only one internship from the 4th semester onwards, also in case of late graduation.

Non-EU Scholarship Holders will have their 4th semester at one of the European Universities of the consortium. EU Scholarship Holders will have their 4th semester at the Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco, Université de Ougadougou, University of Johannesburg. Exceptions could be considered, if adequately motivated. The Committee will have the final decision.

Self-sponsored students does not have any limitation in choosing the hosting institution for their 4th semester.


At the end of the course students will be awarded a second level degree (Master’s level degree) that gives access to third level degree courses (Doctoral’s level degree courses).

Delivered Degree:

Università degli studi di Padova and KU Leuven will deliver a joint degree to the students having coimpleted the Master curriculum; the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne will deliver a national degree ; both degrees will be recognized also as a Brazilian degree by the Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco only for the students  having spent the 4th semester in that University.

The Erasmus Mundus Master correspond to the following national titles:

  • Laurea Magistrale in Local Development – Sviluppo Locale, Classe n. LM-81 delle Lauree Magistrali in Scienze per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo – (D.M. 22/10/2004, n.270) from the Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Territorial Development – Major subject Erasmus Mundus Master in Sustainable Territorial Development from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Master Economie Appliquée, Parcours Economie de l’aménagement et du développement local from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne
  • Mestrado em Desenvolvimento Local from the Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco.