Dear colleagues and friends

I am writing to inform you about a new PhD programme in Global Studies that is being launched by the University of Urbino, Italy. The 2017/18 edition will focus on the following thematic area: International Economic Policy, Business and Governance.  Applications will be open from June 6th until June 30th 2017. The selection of candidates will take place early in July 2017. 

Details on the PhD programme are illustrated in message below, and at the website:

You are kindly asked to circulate this piece of information and invite students to apply from your own istitutions and from other universities you are in touch with. We look forward to having a large number of high quality candidates,

Best wishes

Antonello Zanfei

A New Ph.D. Programme in Global Studies at Urbino University


The University of Urbino is launching a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. 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 


Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 international universities associated to the Programme;

-          a third year of research activity for completing the Ph.D. thesis.


English will be the working language of the Ph.D. Programme.


Eight positions are offered in the 2017-2018 Ph.D. 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’ competences in English, Economics, Business, Social Sciences, Quantitative Methods. 


Courses with exams will take place at Urbino University during the first year. starting from end 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

June 30th 2017: Applications due

Early in July: Interview of selected candidates


Information on the Ph.D. Programme and Faculty is available at the website:


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Director of the Ph.D. Programme: Prof. Antonello Zanfei, DESP - University of Urbino


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