Environmental policies in the EU: Waste Management

1. Name of the line of doctoral research

Environmental policies in the EU:
Waste Management

2. UNESCO codes related to the research line
2300: Chemistry91: Environmental Chemistry
2400: Life Sciences99: Ecology and General Biology
3100: Agricultural Sciences01: Agrochemistry
3200: Medical Sciences12: Public Health
3300: Technological Sciences08: Environmental Engineering and Technology
5300: Economics04: Economic activity
5400: Geography01: Economic Geography
5600: Legal Sciences and law99: Environmental Law
5900: Political Sciences99: Environmental Policy
6300: Sociology102: Ecological Sociology

3. Recommended admission requirements for candidates

Candidates are interested in in research on waste management models and systems and their environmental impact. Applicants are trained in the branches of Social and Legal Sciences, Health, or Technologies, familiar with any of the dimensions of waste management. Candidates must have a B2 linguistic competence in Catalan, Spanish or English and availability in accordance with the requirements of the doctoral regime of the European Higher Education Area. Lastly, prospects preferably have a link with an entity that motivates and justifies their application.

4. Chair

Fiter i Rossell Chair of Legal and Political Sciences

5. Leading Centre

Centre for Environmental Studies

6. Centre for Environmental Studies

Dra. Conxa Puebla

7. Object of Study

This line of doctoral research studies waste management in all its dimensions: political, legal, organizational, social, economic or technological, with the aim of identifying the common and unique elements present in the different management systems of the EU, to which the Principality of Andorra is added due to the territorial linkage of its waste management.

8. Hypothesis

The line of research proposes, as a general hypothesis, to demonstrate that different models and systems of waste management have different levels of effectiveness and efficiency, which, at the same time, also generate different results, and that these differences are associated with the legal and socio-political, economic or technological conditions of each territory.

9. Length

3 years

10. Analytical model

In this line, doctoral research must necessarily assume the following analytical structure in their Doctoral Research Plan:

  • Introduction
  1. Justification of the research.
  2. Presentation of the doctoral research case.
  3. Formulation of the general hypothesis and the specific ones.
  • First part
  1. Conceptualization of waste management as an object of scientific analysis.
  2. Theoretical approaches and perspectives applied to the study of waste management.
  3. Methodology and techniques for the scientific analysis of waste management.
  4. General and specialized documentary and bibliographic sources for the study of waste management.
  • Second part
  1. Descriptive analysis of the general characteristics of the European territory object of the doctoral research case.
  2. Descriptive analysis of the legal regime of waste management in force in the European territory object of the doctoral research case.
  3. Descriptive analysis of the current waste management system in the European territory object of the doctoral research case.
  4. Empirical analysis of the real effectiveness of the communicative management of the Third Sector organization object of the doctoral research case.
  • Third part
  1. Conclusive analysis of the results of the current waste management system in the European territory that is the object of the doctoral research case.
  2. Comparative analysis of the results of the current waste management system in the European territory object of the doctoral research case in relation to other territories studied by the line of doctoral research.
  • Fourth part
  1. General and specialized bibliographic sources used in the research.
  2. Specific documentary sources used in the investigation.
11. Options of doctoral research

Initially, candidates admitted to this line of doctoral research may choose one of the following options as a case study:

  1. Principality of Andorra.
  2. Principality of Catalonia.
  3. Occitania region.
  4. Autonomous Region of Madeira.
  5. Piedmont region.

Study cases are going to be assigned to doctoral students by strict order of admission date and taking into account the interest or the accredited link with one or another territory.

12. Specialized training

In accordance with the Doctoral Program guidelines, the doctoral research line organizes the corresponding training activity, which the doctoral students must carry out online during the first year of the program.

This specialized training allows doctoral students to gain prior knowledge of all the necessary theoretical and methodological elements to carry out their research. It is structured in seven units:

  1. Construction of the object of study.
  2. Theoretical approaches to the object of study.
  3. Research methodology and techniques.
  4. Sources of information and documentation for the investigation.
  5. Research hypothesis.
  6. Context and scope of the investigation.
  7. Structure of the investigation.
13. Scientific calls and activities

The Coordination of the line of doctoral research annually convenes a Scientific Conference to present and debate on the theoretical and methodological issues that affect the object of study of the line. These conferences are open to all doctoral students and researchers working in the same scientific field, who are invited to share their findings and engage in debates.

Likewise, at the end of the second year of the program, doctoral students can attend public events carried out by other doctoral students, which are also convened by the Coordination of the Doctoral Program

Doctoral students can participate in public events organized by the J. H. Newman Doctoral School, such as presentations of publications or projects, conferences and debates, etc.

In addition, the Coordination of the research line informs the doctoral students of the calls that other scientific and academic entities carry out about the object of study or related fields, so that they are aware of them and can present, if appropriate, works carried out during their doctoral research.

14. Scientific Publications

The Coordination of the research line is going to provide doctoral students with a list of specialized publications and papers, to which they have to direct their proposals in order to publish their doctoral research.

15. Languages

Català / English / Español

16. Additional information

Contact details: lrd.06.gdr@euniv.eu

PhD regulations: https://euniv.eu/universitat/normativa/