PhD in Science and Culture of Well-being and Lifestyles

Academic Year 2017-2018
Subject area Biological, Geological and Agricultural Sciences
Coordinator Prof. Giovanni Matteucci
Language Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 5 positions with scholarship
Application deadline May 29, 2017 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Aug 01, 2017 to Aug 10, 2017
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2017
Main Department
Department for Life Quality Studies - QUVI
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 months)
Curricula and Research topics
  • Well-being Promotion and Health Protection: Integrated strategies to preserve the well-being of various population groups; Research and development of drug for health protection; Biomarker analysis for monitoring the well-being status; Risk assessment of hazardous exposures and unhealthy lifestyles; Metabolism and nutrition; Physical activity, physical exercise and sports. 
  • Cultural Studies and Global Societies: Languages and media (photography, film and video, fashion and design culture); Theories and methods for culture study (aesthetics in relation to social research, ethnography, cultural anthropology); Culture transmission and education (processes of culture’s teaching and learning in relation to early childhood, human movement and embodiment, social justice and diversity education, global citizenship education, cultural heritage).
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Job opportunities are primarily related to both the University's research and/or public and private institutions (national and international) related to pharmaceutical science, methods and systems for improving the well-being, prevention and reeducation in sport, education and cultural promotion in the context of the global society. Such research framework refers to behaviors directed towards a healthier lifestyle, but also to the studies on trends that define cultural values today. This includes studies of risk factors, tools for health protection, physical activity, healthy diet, but also on social relationships, resilience, positive emotions, autonomy and self expression, interaction with the environment of social life (work, home, leisure). In other words, in this framework are included professions that have focused on the quality of life in every context with which man interacts on a daily basis. Other potential areas of employment may be consultancy, planning and partnerships, related to research activities mentioned above, in the fields of: medicine, physical activity sciences (especially in the work and home environment), physical exercise (preventive, reeducational, maintenance), sport practice (prevention, reeducation, training), cultural world (environmental sustainability, aesthetics, fashion) and education (instruction, training).
Admission Board

Daniela Baroncini Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze per la Qualità della Vita Docente di II fascia
Andrea Cecialiani Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze per la Qualità della Vita Docente di II fascia
Silvana Hrelia Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze per la Qualità della Vita Docente di I fascia
Vincenza Andrisano Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze per la Qualità della Vita Docente di I fascia
Claudio Stefanelli Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze per la Qualità della Vita Docente di I fascia
Ines Tolic Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze per la Qualità della Vita Ricercatore
Learning outcomes
The Doctoral Program aims at combining high level of disciplinary competence (sound theoretical and methodological knowledge of single research areas) with a multidisciplinary feature at the intersection of wellbeing and life styles. This is the main goal of inquiries in the fields of drug development, biochemistry of nutrition, physical activity (sport, adapted and preventive), symbolic and social systems related to the relationship between individuals and natural and artificial environments. Young researchers are expected to fully master scientific research in single research fields as well as being able to design and conduct inquiries functional to the study of Life Quality, as defined by WHO as “individuals perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns”.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
Doctoral candidates are expected to carry out activities at different levels, designed according to specific contents. They concern both research and educational activities. The core activity is to develop autonomously a research project selected within the themes provided by the Doctoral Program, under the supervision of a tutor and the support of the Doctorate Council. This commitment will promote the candidate’s organizational skills and the ability to carry out empirical and/or theoretical research. At least 200 hours of instruction that the candidates will have to attend are planned both in joint courses as well as in specialized courses and workshops in each macro-area. These will become highly optional and with a more specific disciplinary feature (according to each candidate profile) starting from the second year, when a research period abroad will be compulsory. Candidates will periodically present the state of their research during regular meetings with the Doctorate Council, which can then assess the work done. Moreover candidates will be allowed to carry out a limited integrative teaching activity in official courses of the University of Bologna.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
At the beginning of the course, each Doctoral candidate will be assigned a research project consistent with the corresponding discipline and topic. The doctoral training activities will hence offer Doctoral candidates: (1) basic activities (to which all candidates are expected to attend) focused on cross-methodological topics (academic writing workshops and bibliographical research seminars will be organized); (2) specific activities for the chosen disciplinary field aimed at acquiring skills and rigorous knowledge on research methodologies which are needed for the development of each research project. In addition, Doctoral candidates will attend lectures and seminars held by prominent national and international scholars; where needed, courses chosen between those offered in University Degree Programs or Second-level University Masters may also be attended. During the third year, the Doctoral candidate will focus on the preparation of a final, written dissertation, while supervised by his/her own tutor, who will constantly be part of the research training process. The Doctoral candidate will learn how to deal with informatics tools which are useful for the development of his/her own research; how to perform bibliographic and data base research, data analysis; how to develop laboratory techniques and methodologies, critical and interpretive attitude, papers and research projects. In order to increasingly acquire extensive abilities and skills and keep abreast of their specific research subjects Doctoral candidates will attend each side activity that the Doctorate Council deems relevant to the specific methodological training on the Doctoral Program’s topics. Moreover, Doctoral candidates are expected to participate to symposia that are consistent with the Doctoral Program’s topics, where they can present and discuss their work both in national and international frameworks.
Internationalization features
Numerous international collaborations and Erasmus exchange Programs, which connote the Doctorate Council’s activity already, ensure Doctoral candidates (also in the framework of Marco Polo Program, which is strongly incentivized by the Department) the possibility to be hosted in foreign institutions and hence to develop their theses realized in co-supervision with the latter. The criteria for the inclusion of foreign academics will be determined for each disciplinary area by the Doctorate Council during the first year. It is mandatory for Doctoral candidates to spend at least a trimester in foreign universities or research institutes, with Doctorate Council authorization. Hosting institutions will be first of all those with which the members of the Council have established international collaborations already and which represent an increasingly developing network. During the research period abroad, the Doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to learn innovative methodologies of research. In the framework of international agreements (i.e. Erasmus Mundus), foreign PhD students will have the opportunity to spend a research period in the laboratories of the Department for Life Quality Studies in collaboration with its Academic Staff. Thanks to the originality of its trans-disciplinary feature, the Program is likely to attract also foreign students, who may be funded with scholarships by their own country or in the framework of international or European exchange Programs. The collaboration of foreign students may also promote international research networks on a larger scale, by pursuing further relationships with different institutions. In order to allow an international profile of the PhD, research paths that involve exchange and collaboration with foreign institutions will be encouraged. To this end, agreements with European and Extra-European universities will be increased, affording the possibility to obtain a double, multiple or joint PhD degree.
Expected research results and products
The Doctoral Program is an expression of the different disciplines and skills that connote the Department of Quality Life Studies - University of Bologna. For this reason the result of the research activity, also oriented in terms of interdisciplinary activities, train the Doctoral candidates to the production of original studies to be published both in international scientific journals and as books, papers and Conference Proceedings (national and international) in order to integrate Doctoral candidates within the community of their specific disciplines. Finally, it is desirable, for some research fields, the development of patents for new methods (procedures, activities, instruments, ...), for the promotion, recovery and pursue of a healthy lifestyle.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
ANTOGNONI FABIANA Università di Bologna Professore associato
BARONCINI DANIELA Università di Bologna Professore associato
CECILIANI ANDREA Università di Bologna Professore associato
FIMOGNARI CARMELA Università di Bologna Professore associato
GATTA GIORGIO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
HRELIA SILVANA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
MAFFEI FRANCESCA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
MATTEUCCI GIOVANNI Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
MENARINI ROY Università di Bologna Professore associato
MILELLI ANDREA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
SEGRE REINACH SIMONA MARIA Università di Bologna Professore associato
STEFANELLI CLAUDIO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
TAROZZI ANDREA Università di Bologna Professore associato
TAROZZI MASSIMILIANO Università di Bologna Professore associato
TOLIC INES Università di Bologna Ricercatore
TUMIATTI VINCENZO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario