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

Head of the Doctoral Programme in Economics and Management: prof. Flavio Bazzana
Deputy Head: prof. Matteo Ploner

Head of the Doctoral Programme in Sociology and Social Research: prof. Giuseppe Alessandro Veltri
Deputy Head: prof. Moris Triventi

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)

Doctoral Programmes

  • Economics and Management
  • Sociology and Social Research
  • Sustainability: Economics, Environment, Management and Society (SUSTEEMS)

School Programme

The Doctoral School focuses on the knowledge in the field of the social sciences by promoting and organizing doctoral programmes.
The main points of the School mission are:

  • Offer 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.
  • Enhance multidisciplinary and frontier approaches with a broader perspective than those strictly disciplinary, when studying employment, development, institutional and organizational design.
  • Offer both disciplinary and interdisciplinary Ph.D. Programmes.
  • Give 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.

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

  • Methodologies supporting an empirical approach to the study of the economic behaviour as well as the use of non-standard approaches based on experimental and computational economics and a behavioural approach to decision and organization sciences.
  • 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 Management: 4 years (until the a.y. 2019/2020 the duration was 3 years)
  • Sociology and Social research: 4 years (until the a.y. 2016/2017 the duration was 3 years)
  • Sustainability: Economics, Environment, Management and Society (SUSTEEMS): 3 years