The PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies is a joint initiative between the University of Lisbon, the Technical University of Lisbon and New University of Lisbon. It had its first intake in the academic year 2009-2010. It is part of an interdisciplinary network focusing on the environmental and social sciences, and works in partnership with the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and University of São Paulo (Brazil) and Postdam Climate Institute (Germany), all leading international institution in these fields. It draws on the expertise of teachers and scientific researchers from the three state universities in Lisbon, all of whom have acknowledged records of academic publication in the areas of climate change and sustainable development.