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A.Y. Cycle Venue
2019/2020 XXXV Urbino
positions with scholarship without scholarship Coordinator Email
8 7 1 Prof. Antonello Zanfei antonello.zanfei@uniurb.it

PNRR - Unione Europea
MUR - Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca
Italia Domani - Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza


The PhD programme focuses on the globalisation of economic, socio-political and legal systems. Two triennial research and training paths are undertaken in alternate years. The first one, refers to “International Economic Policy, Business and Governance” and is offered in 2019-2020. The second one focuse on sociological and legal aspects of globalisation, will be offered  in 2020-2021.

The call for application for the 2019-2020 edition, with deadline on June 10th .2019, 12:00 CEST, has been published and is available in the "Official Documentation" folder in the "REGISTRATION FOR GLOBAL STUDIES. ECONOMY, SOCIETY AND LAW" section of this page. In the same section, the link to the online application procedure is available. 

Ph.D. students in the first thematic area, International Economic Policy, Business and Governance, launched this year (AA 2019-2020), will be trained to carry out research on economic, political and social relations across national borders. A specific attention will be given to:

  • economic growth after the Great Recession, technological change and inequality across and within countries;
  • the international strategies of firms (multinational corporations and SMEs), finance and labour;
  • political processes and policies carried out by European and international institutions and major countries for the governance of globalisation.

Ph.D. students in the second thematic area, Global Society, Cross-border Mobility and Law, to be launched again in 2020-21, will focus on cross-border movements of capital, knowledge, labour and people, mainly from institutional, law and sociology perspectives. A specific attention will be given to:

  • migrations, cross-border mobility and related policies;
  • human rights, welfare policies and cultures in a global context.

The XXXV cycle (third edition of this PhD Programme) will address the first thematic area: International Economic Policy, Business and Governance. Structural and strategic aspects of international economic, political and institutional relations will be examined. A partial list of courses with final evaluation includes: Research Methods for Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, History and Trends of Gobalization, International Business, International and European Economic Policy, Politics and Global Governance, International Corporate Governance and Accounting, International Economic Policy and Institutions, European Institutions and Law, International Production and Trade, International Technology and Innovation.

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The Ph.D. Programme in Global Studies aims to provide interpretive tools and methods for the in-depth analysis and understanding of different aspects and mechanisms of globalization processes. A stimulating learning environment will be offered to prepare qualified experts at the cross-roads of different disciplines, able to undertake research and/or operational responsibilities in different (private/public/business/academic) institutions.The programme is developed over three years:

  • a first year of courses and exams in Urbino;
  • a second year of international research and training, mainly spent in European universities associated to the Programme;
  • a third year of research activity to complete the Ph.D. thesis and initiate publications of research results.


The first year will be dedicated to courses, exams and other teaching and research activities in Urbino, in the context of the Renaissance city, part of the part of UNESCO World Heritage.

Courses with exams will be structured into teaching modules organised over two months periods: six weeks of teaching, one week of study, one week of exams (written tests and/or papers). An additional session of exams will be offered in September-October 2019. Admission to the second year will depend on students’ achievement of a satisfactory score at final exams in each teaching module.

Data Labs will provide opportunities for hands-on work on databases leading to the preparation of statistical and econometric analyses.

Seminars (with no exams) will address specific topics in Economics, Business, Political Science, Sociology and Law. Some seminars will be held in Italian.

Introductory and background courses will be held in September-October 2019, in order to fill gaps in students’ competences in English for academic purposes, Economics, Business, Social Sciences, Quantitative Methods.


The second year of the Ph.D. Programme will include:

  • identification of a Ph.D. supervisor and definition of a research project that will be presented at the annual workshop of Urbino Ph.D. candidates, with a start of the preparation of the Ph.D. thesis;
  • at least six months of research, lectures and training at another international University, to be agreed with the Ph.D. coordinator;
  • participation to selected courses, seminars and conferences of the Urbino Ph.D. Programme, including those of the second thematic area on Global Society, Cross-border Mobility and Law e.g. Legal cultures (Western legal tradition and Islamic legal tradion), Interlational Labour Relations, Comparative Migration Policy;
  • attendance of advanced special courses in relevant research topics and quantitative methods.


The third year will be devoted to the following activities, both in Urbino and in international universities:

  • completing of the Ph.D. thesis;
  • participation to selected courses and conferences relevant for the Ph.D. topic;
  • presentation of papers at international workshops and writing of journal articles.

In the edition starting in the academic year 2019-2020 - International Economic Policy, Business and Governance - the following provisional calendar will be followed:


  • Introductory and background courses (English, Math&Statistics, Economics, Business, Politics)

First semester

  • First Module: Research Methods, History and trends of Globalization, Microeconomics, History of economic thought, International Business
  • Second Module: Applied Statistics, Macroeconomics, International Production and Trade, Politics and Global Governance
  • Weekly Seminars

Second semester

  • Third Module: Applied Econometrics, European Institutions and Law, International and European Economic Policy, International Corporate Governance and Accounting, Data Lab
  • Fourth Module: Globalisation and International Institutions, International Technology and Innovation, Data Lab
  • Weekly Seminars


  • Up to one year of research in a major university cooperating with the University of Urbino Ph.D. Programme.
  • Definition of the Research Project Proposal 
  • Participation to selected Doctoral courses, Summer Schools
  • While in Urbino, attendance of the Weekly Seminars and of one course chosen among the ones offered for the 2018-19 Edition of the Programme, focused on "Global Society, Cross-border Mobility and Law". Courses offered will include inter alia: Legal Cultures (Western Legal Tradition and Islamic Legal Tradition), International Labour Relations, Comparative Migration Policy, International Trade Law


  • Thesis development and completion
  • Participation to selected Doctoral courses and Weekly Seminars
  • Presentation of papers at International Workshops and writing of journal articlesSono previste attività formative complementari finalizzate a rafforzare le competenze di lingua inglese, di informatica, nonché nei metodi di ricerca e di valorizzazione della stessa.

Weekly Seminars will cover highly debated and cutting-edge themes (e.g. Inequality, Global Digital Economy, Born Global SMEs, International Finance, Environmental Regulation, Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Welfare and Social Policies, International Diplomacy), advanced research methods and tools, and research funding strategies.

Lecturer Institution Url
Luigi Alfieri Università di Urbino
Eduardo Barberis Università di Urbino
Antonio  Baylos Grau  University of Castilla-La Mancha, Campus de Albacete -
Antonio  Blanc Altemir  University of Lleida, Spain -
Roberta Bocconcelli Università di Urbino
Giorgio Calcagnini Università di Urbino
Josè Calvo Gonzalez  University of Malaga, Spagna  -
John  Cantwell  Rutgers University, Stati Uniti d'America  -
Luigino Ceccarini Università di Urbino
Francesca Maria Cesaroni Università di Urbino
Rebel  Cole  Florida Atlantic University, Stati Uniti d'America  -
Claes H.  De Vreese  University of Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi  -
Mara Del Baldo Università di Urbino
Ilvo Diamanti Università di Urbino
John  Dumay  Macquaire University, Sydney - Australia  -
Fatima Farina Università di Urbino
Laura Gardini Università di Urbino
Giuseppe Giliberti Università di Urbino
Andrea Giussani Università di Urbino
Matteo Gnes Università di Urbino
Cars  Hommes  University of Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi  -
Iuri Albert Kyril Kazepov Università di Urbino
Michael  Landesmann  Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria  -
Marc  Lazar  Sciences Po - Paris, Francia  -
Rodrigo  Lozano  University of Gavle, Svezia  -
Kiminori  Matsuyama  Northwestern University, Stati Uniti d'America  -
Paolo Morozzo della Rocca Università di Urbino
Fabio Musso Università di Urbino
Rajneesh  Narula  University of Reading, Regno Unito  -
James Lawrie  Newell  Formerly based at University of Salford, UK -
Alessandro Pagano Università di Urbino
Paolo Pascucci Università di Urbino
Chiara Scivoletto Università di Parma -
Luciano Stefanini Università di Urbino
Giuseppe Travaglini Università di Urbino
Roland  Verwiebe  University of Vienna, Austria  -
Stefano Visentin Università di Urbino
Antonello Zanfei Università di Urbino

The Ph.D. in Global Studies allows participants to develop a wide variety of skills and competences useful for an international career in research/teaching or in the private/public sector: strong analytical skills, ability in collaborative work, effective oral and written communication skills, deep cross-cultural competences, wide knowledge of the global socio-institutional context.

Notably, PhD graduates will be well placed to apply for the following professional opportunities:

- academic positions/careers in University Departments/ Research Centres active in the Global Studies area and in the main related disciplines;

- positions/careers as managers/analysts in:

  • International governmental organizations and NGOs active in the economic-social setting, in both advanced and developing countries
  • Local, national and transnational organizations and agencies supporting the internationalization processes of SMEs and social companies
  • Business enterprises and professional firms (consulting/legal sector) active in international projects

How to apply for the Ph.D. Programme in Global Studies. Economy, Society and Law

Course with limited number of positions
Number of positions
14 available (7 with scholarship, 1 without scholarship)
Admission deadline
Applications due by
Official documents
Consult the modalities of the selection procedures, the criteria used for the evaluation of titles and for the interview

Official Documentation
Useful information

The selection of applicants will be based on their previous academic performance, on their knowledge of English, and on the preliminary research project they will present.

Candidates will have to document a university career of at least 4 years to to be assessed by the Ph.D. Selection Committee. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in: Economics, Business, Political Science, Sociology, Law. Selection will be based on:

  • A  detailed CV in English
  • Documents concerning their past academic career, to be produced in one of the following languages: English, French, Italian or Spanish
  • Proficiency in English (minimum a B2 level in the case of non English speaking natives). Candidates exhibiting a B2 certification or equivalent will be given priority.
  • Two letters of reference in English.
  • A preliminary research project of up to 3000 words, written in English, with the following structure: a) state of the art; b) research objectives c) methodology; d) expected results.

Candidates awarded at least 14/20 points from the evaluation of academic qualifications and other documentation will be admitted to the oral examination/interview. The evaluation interview consists of a presentation by the candidate of his/her cv, scientific and research interests, and an in-depth discussion of the topics addressed in the research project presented. The knowledge of the English language will also be evaluated. The interview will take place on July 2nd 2019 at 9 am - Aula 03 - Via Saffi, 42 - 61029 Urbino.

For info and support with the online registration procedure, please send an email to: phd-global-studies@uniurb.it

On-line procedure
On-line application

Useful documents and materials

Official documents for selection procedure vedi

Information on teaching and research activities


PhD Director: Professor Antonello Zanfei

Organizational Support: Dottoressa Simona Abderhalden

A chi rivolgersi

To request information, please send an email to phd-global-studies@uniurb.it indicating "phd in global studies_information request" as subject

Antonello Zanfei
 0722 305562   antonello.zanfei@uniurb.it
Simona Abderhalden
 0722 305508   phd-global-studies@uniurb.it

Administrative contacts

Secretary’s Office
Ufficio Dottorati - Post laurea - Esami di Stato
Via Veterani, 36 - Urbino
Office hours
Monday - Friday from 9.30 am to 13pm
 Tel. +39 0722 304632 / +39 0722 304646 / +39 0722 304638  dottorato@uniurb.it

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