Ph.D. Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies



Salary: scholarship of approx 13.500 euro per year, renewable up to a maximum of three years.

The Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan is accepting applications for admission to the Ph.D. Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies.

The School offers 12 Ph.D. positions covered by scholarships. Detailed information on how to submit applications will be provided by the Call for Application. Closing Date for Application is 29th November 2013.

From the Academic Year 2013-2014, the Graduate School hosts the NASP-WEST project (Network for the Advancement in Social and Political Studies) which involves a network of universities in Northern Italy: Brescia, Università Cattolica, Genova, Milano, Pavia, Piemonte Orientale and Torino.

The partnership for the Ph.D. programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies involves the following departments:

  • Department of Economics and Management – DEM (Università di Brescia)
  • Department of Social and Political Sciences – SPS (Università di Milano)
  • Department of Law and Political, Economic and Social Sciences – DIGSPES (Università del Piemonte Orientale)

The mission of the programme is to give students both a strong disciplinary focus (in sociology, labour law, management and organizational behaviour, psychology of work) and a substantive attention to socio-economic behaviour and processes, in particular from the point of view of labour and organizations.

To this purpose, the programme aims at:

  • giving the students a scientific training, embedded in current, cutting-edge international research, on the substantive topics concerning the relations between the economy and society, with a strong focus on the regulatory problems currently facing public and private decision-makers;
  • giving the students a full set of theoretical, methodological and technical skills, with particular attention to applied statistics and data analysis, in line with the current progresses in social and economic sciences;
  • giving each student the chance to specialize himself/herself in the substantive sub-field (see below) he/she will choose for his/her dissertation, and to produce an excellent piece of empirical work. In principle, each dissertation should produce at least one paper to be published in an international indexed journal, or in the way each discipline reckons to be excellent; 
  • guaranteeing each student the possibility to develop the key skills which today are required as a professional support of a social science researcher, that is: high level knowledge of the English language, capacity of communicating research results, first-hand knowledge of the procedures of scientific publishing and of the way the international scientific labour market works.

In order to structure a large number of substantive topics, six broad areas of specialization are offered. Each student will choose the one who best suits his/her research interests and use it as a starting point for her research project. Of course research across specializations is allowed and encouraged.

Social institutions and the economy

  1. Labour studies
  2. Complex organizations
  3. Economic behaviour and social interaction
  4. Local development and global society
  5. Occupations, education and social stratification

All courses are taught in English, while the dissertation might be written in English as well as in Italian, depending on the topic and on the supervisor’s judgement.

For information about Admission requirement and application procedures please refer to the Apply button.

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