A New PhD Programme in Global Studies at University of Urbino

The University of Urbino is launching a new interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Global Studies, at the crossroads of Economics, Business, Sociology, Political Science and Law. The Programme has a high-quality faculty, including outstanding guests lecturers from major international universities.

Two thematic areas will be addressed in alternate years:

  • in the edition starting in 2017-2018: International Economic Policy, Business and Governance
  • in the edition starting in 2018-2019: Global Society, Cross-border Mobility and Law

Here the leaflet of the 2017-18 Edition.


PhD students in this year’s thematic area, International Economic Policy, Business and Governance, 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.


The PhD Programme is developed over three years:

  • the first year (courses and exams) will be held in Urbino;
  • the second year will be based upon international research and training, mainly spent in international universities associated with the Programme;
  • the third year will be dedicated to the research activity for completing the PhD thesis.


English will be the working and teaching language of the PhD Programme.

Eight positions are offered in the 2017-2018 PhD Programme, including six positions with scholarships covering fees and an annual tax-free stipend at standard Italian rates (€ 13,600 per year; the amount is increased by 50% for training periods outside Italy).

Introductory and background courses will be held in September-October 2017, in order to fill gaps in students’ competencies in English, Economics, Business, Social Sciences, Quantitative Methods.

Courses with exams will take place at University of Urbino during the first year, starting from the end of October 2017. They will be structured into teaching modules organised over two months periods: six weeks of half day teaching and half day studying, one week fully devoted to studying, one week of exams (written tests and/or papers).

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 cover highly debated and cutting edge themes – such as Inequality, Global digital economy, Born global SMEs, International Finance, Environmental regulation, Fiscal and monetary policy, Welfare and social policies, International diplomacy – as well as advanced research methods and research funding strategies.

Some seminars will be held in Italian.



  • First week of June: Opening of applications at www.uniurb.it/global-studies
  • June 30th, 2017: Applications due
  • Early in July: Interview of selected candidates


Information on the PhD Programme and Faculty is available at the website: www.uniurb.it/global-studies

Contact: phd-global-studies@uniurb.it

Director of the PhD Programme: Prof. Antonello Zanfei, DESP – University of Urbino