Doctoral Programmes


Director of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences: prof. Paolo Barbieri

Head of the Doctoral Programme in Economics and Finance: prof. Luigi Mittone
Deputy Head: prof. Francesco Ravazzolo (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Head of the Doctoral Programme in Sociology and Social Research: prof.ssa Agnese Vitali
Deputy Head: prof.ssa Chiara Bassetti

Head of the Doctoral Programme in Sustainability: Economics, Environment, Management and Society (SUSTEEMS): prof. Roberta Raffaelli
Deputy Head: prof. Marco Ragazzi

Head of the Doctoral Programme in Development Economics and Local Systems - DELOS (last intake academic year 2019/2020): prof. Luciana Lazzeretti (University of Florence)
Deputy Heads: prof. Gianna Claudia Giannelli (University of Florence) and prof. Ermanno Celeste Tortia (University of Trento)

Head of the Doctoral Programme in Economics and Management (last intake academic year 2022/2023): prof. Flavio Bazzana
Deputy Head: prof. Matteo Ploner

School Programme

The Doctoral School of Social Sciences focuses on the knowledge in the field of the social sciences by promoting and organizing doctoral programmes.
The Doctoral School of Social Sciences is committed to:

  • Offering a broad common methodological training in the economic and social sciences context, promoting the use of new methods of research offering a wide range of applications in Social Sciences.
  • Enhancing multidisciplinary and frontier approaches with a broader perspective than those strictly disciplinary, when studying employment, development, institutional and organizational design and economic and financial issues.
  • Offering both disciplinary and interdisciplinary Ph.D. Programmes.
  • Giving students the opportunity to live in a vibrant research environment, interacting with scholars with different perspectives of studying economy and society in a strongly international exchange context.
  • Training researchers with solid quantitative and theoretical skills capable of analysing economic and financial phenomena.
  • Contributing to the international scientific debate on economic and financial issues.

The main focus areas of the School Programmes are as follows:

  • Economic development and institutions; monetary and fiscal policies; economic choices and energy transition; financial risk management; international enterprises and markets; investment and optimization instruments; public policy evaluation; behavioural economics and decision - making.
  • The classical themes of contemporary sociology, among them the study of social and demographic change; comparative sociology; welfare and social policies; social inequality studies and stratification research (class, cohort, gender, sociology of education); economic sociology, labour market and organizational studies; migration studies; political sociology (social movements, public opinion); communication and culture.
  • The study how the principles of economic, environmental and social sustainability can inform economic models, models and tools for managing natural resources, business models and management tools for companies, institutions and organizations (including both for-profit and non-profit ones).

Official language: English. Only for the Doctoral Programme in Sociology and Social research the official languages are both Italian and English.


  • Economics and Finance: 4 years
  • Sociology and Social research: 4 years 
  • Sustainability: Economics, Environment, Management and Society (SUSTEEMS): 3 years