Call for applications - 15 PhD Scholarships - Doctoral School of Social Sciences - University of Trento

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    University of Trento
    Social sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)



The University of Trento is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for 15 PhD Scholarships in its three PhD programmes:

PhD programme in Sociology and Social Research (5 scholarships)

The programme provides state-of-the-art research training and teaches advanced professional skills in sociology and social research. Besides providing a solid foundation in the disciplines, including a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods, the Programme places strong emphasis on theoretically driven empirical sociology. The PhD Programme in Sociology and Social Research is open to proposals on all kinds of topics related to Sociological research. Particular attention will be paid to proposals fitting in the following research areas highlighted in the description of the PhD programme, among them:

• social and demographic change;

• comparative sociology; welfare and social policies;

• social inequality studies and stratification research;

• economic sociology, labour market and organizational studies;

• migration studies;

• political sociology;

• digital sociology;

• communication and culture;

• cognitive sociology.

PhD programme in Economics and Management (5 scholarships)

The programme focuses on the fields of decision sciences, organization and human resource management with special attention to methodologies used in a behavioural approach to economic studies. Such an approach is increasingly adopted to generate predictions about market dynamics, particularly in the fields of finance and consumption, as well as to design organizations and institutions. Particular emphasis will be given to research proposals on the following subjects:

● Behavioural approach to individual managerial attitudes towards exploration and exploitation.

● Financial Networks: estimation and reconstruction approaches to prevent systemic crises.

● Graphical model estimation for economic and financial analysis

● Heavy tails in speculative financial assets: estimation and prediction of extreme losses.

● Machine learning for high frequency data analysis.

● PMS and social impact measurement in hybrid organizations.

● Retail investors’ attitudes towards ESG stocks.

● The digitalization of firms and its coevolution with capabilities: the impact on innovation and performances.

● The impact of green finance on firm’s growth and innovation.

● The role of top-managers and CEOs for corporate performance and decision-making outcomes.

Further information is available on https://www.unitn.it/drss/em/945/research-proposals-37th-cycle

PhD programme in Sustainability: Economics, Environment, Management and Society - SUSTEEMS (5 scholarships)

The programme focuses on the development and implementation of models and methods in the multidisciplinary nexus of economic, environmental and social sustainability. Such methodologies include: sustainable economic models and tools for managing natural resources, sustainable business and management models and tools for companies, institutions, for-profit and non-profit organizations. Particular emphasis will be given to research proposals on the following subjects:

• Sustainability, impact evaluation and risk assessment for the natural environment (e.g. climate change), the economy (e.g. green technologies) and the society (e.g. social innovation);

• Non-market valuation for sustainability;

• The impact of regulations and norms on sustainable development;

• Business models in a world of technological and organizational change, and social innovation;

• Tools for sustainable management of businesses and territories;

• Economic Inequality and Sustainability.

One topic-specific scholarships is also offered within the Programme:

• The journey towards climate neutrality: technological and non-technological solutions, environmental, economic and social impacts for the synthetic fibre industry” sponsored by Aquafil SpA.

Further details on the specific project scholarship are available at: https://www.unitn.it/drss/susteems/949/project-specific-scholarships-37t...

All programmes are full time and will be taught in English by members of the university’s multi-national faculty. No tuition fees are charged and the scholarships are adequate to cover living expenses in Trento.

For the online application see https://webapps.unitn.it/Apply/en/Web/Home/dott


An Italian “Laurea magistrale” instituted in conformity with Italian Ministerial Decree 270/2004, or


A university degree of the previous regulations (Italian "Laurea specialistica " or "Diploma di Laurea"), or


An equivalent degree obtained abroad (Master's degree) and recognized

as equivalent to the Italian "Laurea magistrale" by the Admissions

Committee for the sole purposes of admission to the Doctoral programme,

also within the framework of international agreements.

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