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Ph.D. Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies

Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Milan - Italy
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: €16,350
£14,541.71 converted salary* gross per year.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th June 2019
Closes: 24th June 2019

Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Sciences (NASP) 

Salary: scholarship of 16.350 euro gross per year, renewable up to a maximum of three years. 

The Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Sciences (NASP) is pleased to announce that its Ph.D. Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies (ESLS) calls for application for 4 Ph.D. positions covered by scholarships (duration: 3 years).

Full information on how to submit applications is provided by the Call for Application. The application deadline is June 24, 2019 (h. 14.00 italian time).

The Ph.D. programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies is based at the University of Milan and is jointly promoted by the following institutions, members of NASP:

  • Collegio Carlo Alberto (University of Turin)
  • Department of Social and Political Sciences – SPS (University of Milan)

The programme has a strong focus on quantitative methods but also accepts research projects based on qualitative and mixed methods. The substantive attention is on the relations between society and the economy, both at the micro and the macro level, from the disciplinary perspectives of sociology, industrial relations and organization studies.

The program thus aims at:

  • giving 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 students a full set of theoretical, methodological and technical skills, with particular attention to applied statistics and data analysis;
  • giving each student the chance to specialize themselves in the area they will choose for their 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.

Six broad areas of specialization are offered. Each student will choose the one who best suits their research interests and use it as a starting point for their research project. Of course, trespassing and contamination are allowed and, in case, encouraged.

  1. The social and political regulation of markets
  2. Industrial relations and labour law
  3. Complex organizations and human resources management
  4. Economic behaviour and networks of social interaction
  5. Local development and global society
  6. 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. 

Contacts: for more information on ESLS PhD Programme and the call for application please visit

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