The main aim of the course is to provide students with analytical and critical skills and abilities to understand a nissological interdisciplinarity. Thus, the aim of the course is to reveal geographical-social-economic-environmental phenomena of islands, the role played by isolation and remoteness, including challenges and opportunities associated to the concept of islandness. In turn, these need to be increasingly studied in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner, with a focus on island peculiarities, and their existing vulnerability and resilience.


At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the geographical, socio-economic, and environmental horizons of local and regional development
  • Understand the latest achievements and management perspectives of local and regional development in the economic area of the European Union
  • Evaluate holistically and critically island peculiarities
  • Comment and analyse the key elements of different concepts of economic policies related to the island, local and regional development.
  • Analyse the sustainable use of island resources with a critical approach to the concept “Tragedy of the Commons”
  • Detect the development and expansion of the spatial division of labour in regional, coastal-island frameworks and the consequent endangerment of island self-sufficiency and resilience
  • Critically analyse and reflect on the possibilities of networking the islands into a spatial division of labour while preserving self-sufficiency and resilience
  • Evaluate the “SMART island” concept
  • Understand the concepts of vulnerability and resilience applied to the island context, and critically assess measures that support the strengthening of resilience in islands
  • Critically review the concept of wellbeing in the context of islands


  • Graduate students in economics (or in social sciences, technical sciences or science related fields) who intend to round out their knowledge in the regional science and use it in the process of preparing dissertations.

  • Holders of undergraduate degrees or students on last year of their studies in economics or the social sciences who wish to study the field of regional economics.

  • Researchers and professionals working in the field.


This FEBT Summer school program offers participants the possibility of going through evaluation process for the purpose of requesting official credit transfers (ECTS).

Evaluation process

Participants who wish to acquire 6 ECTS will be evaluated based on the regular and active course attendance and  taking an exam in the form of take-home essay.

The goal of the essay is to show the necessary ability to critically think about the challenges of behavioural economics and the essay should have approximately 10.000 words.


Participants not interested in credit transfer will instead receive the Certificate of Attendence, stating the course completed. These students will be neither evaluated nor graded.


The price of course includes lecture and practical hours. More details about fees find here!


Week of June 26 - 30, 2023 (face to face) 

Lecture themes Lecturers Lecture Hours
Shifting Horizons in Local and Regional Development Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
Why Regional Development Matters for Europe’s Economc Future 4
Regional Policy in Changing Europe Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Territorial Innovation and proximity relations

André Torre

Smart specialization policies in rural areas

Multisectoral and Multi-regional Economic Modelling

Eduardo  Amaral  Haddad 

Why study islands?

Nenad Starc


Islandness: insularity, islands’ resources and resilience


New generations of island’s policies


Islands economics between viability and success

Stefano Moncada 

Marie Briguglio


Vulnerability and resilience in islands


Climate change impacts and adaptation in Islands


Sustainable development in European Islands


The economics of wellbeing in islands (TBC)


Environmental economics and islands (TBC)


Behavioural economics and islands (TBC)


Wellbeing in Islands (tutorial) (TBC)

Context and the Role of EU Regional Policy

Vinko Muštra (FEBT)

Workshop for the implementation of open innovations in the context of EU and regional development and the implementation of EU policy* Blanka Šimundić (FEBT) 3
* Essay writing includes 2 (+3) hours of lectures (workshop) and 105 individual hours of participants who want to join the Summer School for the purposes of requesting official credit transfers of 6 ECTS