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T.e.s.s is a Research Unit at UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia, a center for the Study of the Territory, the Environment, and Sustainability. The group counts  researchers in the UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia, and in other national and international universities and research Institutions.

T.e.s.s. fosters interdisciplinary studies, having as a common ground the interest for understanding the evolution of the systemic complexities of the territory, in terms of physical, social and economic aspects. Knowledge and comprehension is related to  action, policy design, planning , and governance for the processes of transition towards a more sustainable development. T.e.s.s. has participated in several national and international projects on complex issues such as: land reclamation and remediation, industrial real estate markets, urban regeneration, external costs of shipping,  costs of urban sprawl, planning for climate change, sustainability scenario for specific areas (such as the Parco Delta del Po in Veneto, scenario for the redevelopment of Porto Marghera industrial contaminated site), industrial ecology, regional and local economic development, innovation and competitiveness. Recently, the research unit has been involved in research projects on land use changes and land grabbing, landscape transformation, adaptive management and governance of natural resources,  energy metabolism at regional level, the definition of energy efficiency scenarios for the residential sector in the Veneto region” 


Projects of the Research Unit


Currently TESS carries out research activity in the following areas:


1. Competitiveness of the territories and innovation.
The territories live with the challenges posed by the growing competitiveness of the globalization and those posed by the demand for environmental quality at a local scale. On a regional basis, in the management of the production systems of renewable and non renewable resources, in the ability to innovate in business processes and regulatory settings, in product innovation, in the adoption of new technologies, etc. it is played the possibility to combine sustainability and competition. The research is conducted on a theoretical and empirical level on issues of endogenous growth and the application of these models at regional scale, also with reference to the case of Veneto, in a comparative European perspective.


2. Processes of urbanization, land consumption, management and planning.
Urbanization and industrialization are widespread phenomena with a high impact and often with irreversible effects on the state of natural resources and ecosystems. The increasing industrialization and urbanization has led to a model of unsustainable use of soil. This line of research aims to quantify the public costs of urban sprawl, through the study of the patterns of land use, and the analysis and the elaboration of indicators with particular reference to a case study, constituted by the central area of the Veneto region.


3. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change: theories, forms and planning tools.
The role of planning in the construction of policies for climate protection at the local level is significant; the research aims to study the ways in which planning can interact with the broader process of reducing climate altering emissions, the definition of policies of adaptation to the territorial scale at local level which are able to coordinate sectoral policies implemented by local governments.


4. Planning and sustainable management of the sea (marine spatial planning).
Structuring and planning the uses of maritime resources is the objective of “Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)”. The aim of this project is to develop a methodology for integrated planning of territory-sea, starting from the management of the conflicts and of the trade-offs that arise from the use of the marine and coastal environment.


5. Development of methods for handling spatial data.
Point spatial data refers to phenomena that occur at a point in space and differ from continuous phenomena (like pollution), or diffused one (such as property values) for their characterization of “location”, being defined by their spatial coordinates. The objective of this line of research is the development of methods for measuring the phenomenon ofclustering’.



The area TESS is open to new contributions of study and research that will help:

- The understanding of the evolution of the structural links and systems that define and create a territory, in the economic, social, physical and cultural aspects;

- The study of the conditions that in time, and at different spatial scales, can provide a transition to sustainability, in the physical and environmental scope, in the social and economic one, in the productive processes as well as in the consumption;

- The development of innovative methodologies, the modelling and the techniques useful to the understanding and to the governing of the evolution of the territorial phenomena;


Other research projects, which seek to explore issues and develop methodologies that enable to analyze, understand, model and interpret the different spatial and temporal scales, the DYNAMICS of structural relations between society and nature that constitute a TERRITORY considered as a self-organized complex system, are highly complementary to the lines of research promoted by TESS.

Research projects that combine the individual research with that of the group are similar to the modalities of research promoted by TESS which gathers researchers who combine the cognitive and scientific interests with the practical questions of effectiveness in the management and governance of the territory.