Routes towards Sustainability

Routes towards Sustainability is an international University Network founded on the 29th of October 2012 by the University of Ferrara and other nine universities.  

Throughout the years Routes towards Sustainability has developed interdisciplinary research on sustainable development; it has also activated teaching programmes at a graduate and post-graduate level, published books, papers and articles.


Symposia, General Meetings, Seminars, Workshops

  • Sustainability, Research and Teaching after Rio. Challenges for the Future, First International Symposium, University of Ferrara, 29th-30th October 2012.
  • Planning Multi-Hazard Mitigation: Issues of Local And Regional Assessment and Management, Summer School, University of Ferrara, 19th-27th September 2014.
  • Multi-Hazard Mitigation: A Challenge For Sustainability and Safety, International Conference, University of Ferrara, 29th-30th September 2014.
  • Routing Sustainable Development Towards a Culture of Well-being, Second International Symposium, University of Ferrara, 1st-2nd October 2014.
  • Ciudades, Saude e Bem-estar - Cities, Health and Wellbeing, Third International Symposium, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil, 28th September-2nd October 2015.
  • The City that Adapts. Interviewing Societies, Cultures and the Built Environment, International Seminar, University Institute for Higher Studies - IUSS, Ferrara, 4th December 2015.
  • Primer Congreso Internacional sobre Sustentabilidad en los Hábitats, ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Mexico, 19th-20th September 2016.
  • Communicating Sustainability. Strategies, Policies and Models of Behaviour, international and interdisciplinary intensive programme, University Institute for Higher Studies - IUSS, Ferrara, 23rd-27th May 2016.
  • Beyond Environmental Issues, Second Regional Meeting, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Seccional Medellín, Colombia, 27th-29th April 2017.
  • Ecological Minds in Humanities and in Sciences, International Seminar, University of Ferrara, 22nd-23rd February 2018.
  • Policy Measures for Promoting Ecological Thinking, International Seminar, Universidade do Porto, 6th June 2018.
  • Cultures and Local Practices of Sustainability. Intersecting Multiple Footprints and the Environmental Humanities, Fourth International Symposium, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago and Villarrica, Chile, 10th-14th December 2018.
  • The KaleidoScope of Sustainability, Fifth International Symposium, University of Ferrara, 8th November 2019.



Paola Spinozzi and Massimiliano Mazzanti, eds, Cultures of Sustainability and Well-being: Theories, Histories and Policies, London and New York: Routledge, 2018.





  • Gianfranco Franz, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara,
  • Paola Spinozzi, Faculty of Humanistic Studies, University of Ferrara,
  • Gonzalo Valdivieso, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile,


Partner Institutions

  • University of Ferrara (IT) [Founder]
  • An-Najah National University (PNA) [Founder]
  • Humboldt-University of Berlin (D) [Founder]
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (RCH) [Founder]
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (BR) [Founder]
  • South China University of Technology (PRC) [Founder]
  • Universidad Católica de Cordoba (AR) [Founder]
  • Université Gaston Berger du Sénégal (SN) [Founder]
  • University of Warsaw (PL) [Founder]
  • Waseda University (J) [Founder]
  • École d'Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires à Marne-la-Vallée (FR)
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali (COL)
  • Université Bourgogne Franche Comté (FR)
  • University of Calabria (IT)
  • ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara (MEX)
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas (BR)
  • University of Hanoi (VN)
  • Universiteit Leiden (NL)
  • Universidad Piloto de Colombia (COL)
  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Seccional Medellín (COL)
  • Universidade do Porto (PT)
  • Western Sydney University (AU)
  • Univerzity Karlovy v Praze (CH)