The Second-level short specialisation degree in Sustainable Local Development Management prepares professional figures, such as participatory process facilitators, mobilizers and managers of local sustainable development networks to work in the public and private organizations involved in the production of collective goods for territorial development.
During the course, attendees will develop network management and project design skills, in the areas of developmental sustainability, local social responsibility and governance networks between public, private and tertiary stakeholders.
The Master provides competencies in collaborative project design and project management for integrated development policies, and the ability to promote forms of resilience and social innovation, from circular economy to sustainable tourism, urban regeneration and Second Welfare.

The course units of the Second-level short specialisation degree in Sustainable Local Development Management develop managerial and strategic skills for an impactful action, teach an innovative and distinctive approach to understand and create, and provide insights on interconnected policy areas to promote experimentation and verification.
During the lessons, cooperative teamwork and co-design and team play attitude are valorised, thanks to a dedicated team-building module.
The course will include a customized 225-hour stage (9 CFU), or, alternatively, a project work with a specific training project, agreed with the Short specialisation degree’s Director, and related to the workshop research topic and the final dissertation.
Furthermore, it will include lecturers from inside and outside the University of Padua and testimonies by strategic territorial development stakeholders.

During the Second-level short specialisation degree in Sustainable Local Development Management, students will improve their multidisciplinary applicative competencies, in order to work proactively within complex sustainable territorial development and social innovation processes.
The figures of participatory process facilitators, mobilizers and managers of local sustainable development networks can operate both in public and private organizations involved in the production of collective goods for territorial development. Regions, Provinces, Municipalities, Local Health Units, Public Utilities, Chambers of Commerce, Local Action Groups, Tourist Destination Management Organizations, Trade Associations, Trade Unions and Organisms of the Tertiary Sector, Cluster Managers for Business Networks.

The Second-level short specialisation degree in Sustainable Local Development Management will provide training on the following topics, through dedicated modules:

Governance of sustainable local development and social territorial responsibility
24 hours/4 CFU/January 2024
coordination by Patrizia Messina

Collaborative project design
28 hours/4 CFU/February 2024
coordination by Lorenzo Liguoro

Collaborative project management
18 hours/3 CFU/February-March 2024
coordination by Gerardo de Luzenberger

Public and private network management
18 hours/3 CFU/March 2024
coordination by Mauro Salvato

Development network management
18 hours/3 CFU/February 2024
coordination by Luciano Gallo

Integrated sustainable tourism policies
24 hours/4 CFU/May-June 2024
coordination by Stefan Marchioro

Communities resilient to the hydrogeological risk
24 hours/4 CFU/May 2024
coordination by Vincenzo D’Agostino

Urban and territorial regeneration
24 hours/4 CFU/April 2024
coordination by Michelangelo Savino

Generational welfare and social innovation
24 hours/4 CFU/March-April 2024
coordination by Giulio Mattiazzi

Circular economy
18 hours/3 CFU/June 2024
coordination by Eleonora Di Maria


D&F Workshop

Local context analysis tools and case studies

20-hour workshop, 8 hours online

coordinated by Lorenza Perini

Team building and work team organization

10-hour workshop, 8 hours online

coordinated by Andrea Marella


The Dire & Fare Workshop for Local Development will be focused on the topic “Local welfare and social innovation”, with an explorative on-field research divided in teams.

The workshop also includes a methodological course on the use of the MOSAIC-Design Your Decision software, a collaborative design tool to structure and digitalize public and private participation processes.

There will also be the possibility to obtain certification as a junior and senior “facilitator” of MOSAIC-Design Your Decision in collaboration with SHERPA srl.

The final project work and/or dissertation may also be related to the workshop.

The M.A.S.TER. School (School of Mediators and Animators for the Development of the Territory), at the twentieth edition in 2024, is an annual continuous training event that has been held since 2004 with the aim of creating an opportunity for socialization and learning on the issues of community and territory development, putting in relation to local operators and expert scholars on the subject.

The M.A.S.TER. School takes place in September, in Padua and its province, at the conclusion of the MSLS Master training course, and is open to all Alumni of previous editions of the Short specialisation degree MSLS. The event includes thematic sessions with interventions by experts and the presentation of the results of the Dire&Fare Laboratory for Local Development created by the students of the Short specialisation degree MSLS.

It was created with the collaboration of SHERPA srl, a spin-off of the University of Padua and the S.M.A.R.T. Association (Scholars, Managers and Animators of Networks and Territories).

The S.M.A.R.T. started in September 2018 on the initiative of former Short specialisation degree MSLS students, researchers and teachers. S.M.A.R.T. it intervenes in the promotion of exchange and learning opportunities, in the organization of animation initiatives aimed at students and Alumni of the Short specialisation degree MSLS and in the realization of interventions aimed at deepening the prospects of networking. S.M.A.R.T promotes the Studio Damiano Caravello Prize with the aim of supporting the training of new young network managers.

The general ranking of merit for the academic year 2023/24 will be published on the Italian page of this Second-level Short specialisation degree according to the timing provided in the Call.

Single course


Health, environment and territory
€ 1.812,50
€ 1.160,00
Find the admission titles in the selection notice 23/24.


Lessons will be held on Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm, and from 2 pm to 4 pm, and on Saturday, from 9 am to 1 pm. There will also be three lessons on Thursday from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, for tutorials on how to use the MOSAIC-Design Your Decision software.

The lessons will be held in dual mode and online (online on the Zoom platform and in-person). This mode will help to optimize the times and modes for continuous training, by exploiting the opportunities offered by new technologies for distance learning, in synchronous and asynchronous mode.
And it will also facilitate off-site attendees, who will be able to follow distance learning activities both on single modules and for the entire Short specialisation degree.
The distance learning option can be evaluated and authorized by the Short specialisation degree’s Direction.

Yes, enrolment in single Short specialisation degree modules is open both to graduates holding the degree required, and to anyone else. Single modules will award CFU only to those who hold the degree required to access the Short specialisation degree, after passing the evaluation at the end of each module.
Students enrolled can attend the single modules within the same Short specialisation degree for up to 20 CFU per academic year.

The stage of the Second-level Short specialisation degree in Sustainable Local Development Management (MSLS) – addressed especially to newly graduates looking for a job – will be done in partnership with the University of Padua’s Stage and Career Service Office, at Institutions affiliated with the University, under the supervision of a company tutor and a university tutor. On the other hand, the project work is addressed to attendees who already have a job and want to specialize in a specific project area; it can be related to the Dire&Fare Local Development Workshop topic.

Yes, beside the Short specialisation degree’s Diploma, also an open badge will be released, to attest the disciplinary knowledge, soft skills and technical competencies acquired, in a digital form.