PhD in Sociology and Social Research

Academic Year 2017-2018
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Coordinator Prof. Riccardo Prandini. Starting from 29/01/2018 Prof. Antonio Francesco Maturo.
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 4 positions with scholarship
Call deadline May 29, 2017 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Sep 25, 2017 to Oct 06, 2017
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2017
Main Department
Dept of Sociology and Business Law
Mobility abroad
Yes (6 months)
Curricula and Research topics
  • General sociology, sociological theory and research methodology
  • Urban sociology, tourism and migratory processes
  • Sociology of cultural and communicative processes
  • Sociology of normative processes and law
  • Sociology of family and generations
  • Sociology of education and socialization processes
  • Sociology of deviance, criminology and victimology
  • Sociology of Health
  • Sociology of well-being
  • Sociology of social change and social morphogenesis
  • Sociology of Social Policy
  • Sociology of economic processes, organization and work
  • Sociology of Consumption
  • Social communication and participatory processes
  • Sociology of web society
  • Sociology of Social Innovation
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
The Ph.D students find their optimal position as reseacher at universities, in public and private research institutions. The Ph.D grants them high skills level in the field of sociology, both theoretical and applied. The Ph.D students are able to compete for the position of directors and coordinators of research programmes in public, private and third sector organizations.
Admission Board

Vando Borghi Università di Bologna Dip. Sociologia e diritto dell'economia Docente di I fascia
Nicola De Luigi Università di Bologna Dip. Sociologia e diritto dell'economia Docente di II fascia
Susanna Vezzadini Università di Bologna Dip. Sociologia e diritto dell'economia Ricercatore
Alessandro Martelli Università di Bologna Dip. Sociologia e diritto dell'economia Ricercatore
Luca Martigani Università di Bologna Dip. Sociologia e diritto dell'economia Ricercatore
Giovanni Pieretti Università di Bologna Dip. Sociologia e diritto dell'economia Docente di I fascia
Learning outcomes
The fundamental aims of the Phd in Sociology and social research are the formation and improvement of highly qualified professionals with a strong and well educated attitude for the elaboration, organization and direction of empirical and theoretical research. The Phd is organized to educate professionals able to sinthetyse: 1) theoretical and sociological reflections with the most important and innovative emerging social issues; 2) work field with qualitative and quantitative methodologies; 3) the fundamental research with the empirical and applied one. To achieve those goals the students are invited, in the first year, to participate to a methodological seminar, designed to improve their quantitative and qualitative techniques of sociological research. Along the whole period of study the students are invited to participate to regular methodological laboratories, organized to make them able to utilize statistical programms for the social sciences, as SPSS and Stata.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
During the Ph.d program the students must acquire both the theoretical and empirical competences necessary for the development of their personal and empirical research. Particular relevance is given to their methodological and technical skills, with a strong programme of laboratories' work. Those skills include bibliographical research, field research, laboratory work, attendance of seminars, lectures and lessons, elaboration and presentation of papers. Every year the students must report to the teaching staff on the progress of their research.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
The Ph.D students are required to attend a methodological course of 90 hours, including specific units dedicated to quantitative and qualitative methodologies; research tecniques; utilization of data base; elaboration of a research design; evaluation of research's results. They have to attend specialized seminars organized by the teaching staff and they are also invited to select national and international seminars, summers school and conferences, related with their Ph.D thesis. They have at disposal a specialized library with all the main sociological journals and reviews: a laboratory where they can actually improve their methodological competencies, an several dedicated pc stations. Each student is attributed to a internal tutor which sustains and leads the personal research of the student.
Internationalization features
Informations about the Phd are disclosed by means of institutional e.mai sended to a network of foreign institutions with whom we collaborate. Our Ph.D students with scholarsip are requested to spend six months of their research period abroad, in institutions which already have signed an agreement with the Department of Sociology. They are invited to partecipate to international conferences, summer schools, as listeners or tutors. The teaching staff organises every year at least one international lecture with some of the most relevant sociologist. The partecipation of foreign graduate students is promoted too. Beginning in 2012 we applicate for the international Program Erasmus Mundus ARTESS (Argentina) and we are ready to accept other forms of international collaboration.
Expected research results and products
The students have to focus on the main sociological paradigms and to connect it with the methodological outomes, in order to elaborate a personal and possibly original research style. To achieve this goal they are encouraged to present the results of their activities at conferences and scientific journals, preferably with peer reviews. In particular, in the first year students have to present a documented bibliography for the thesis and a detailed project of research. For the second year they have to present to the teaching staff the results of the first year of research and to discuss it by a paper that will be possibly published on peer reviewed scientific journals. In the third year they are tell and helped to partecipate to a national or international event in which to discuss their thesis, and to publish a paper in national or international reviews.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
ALTIERI LEONARDO Università di Bologna Professore associato
BERGAMASCHI MAURIZIO Università di Bologna Professore associato
BORGHI VANDO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
BORTOLINI MATTEO Università di Padova Ricercatore
CASTRIGNANO' MARCO Università di Bologna Professore associato
DE LUIGI NICOLA Università di Bologna Professore associato
ESPOSITO ELENA Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Professore associato
FACCHINI CARLA Università di   Milano-Bicocca Professore ordinario
FOX CHRISTOPHER  Manchester Metropolitan University Professore di università straniera
Maccarini Andrea Maria Università di Padova Professore ordinario
MARTELLI ALESSANDRO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
MARTIGNANI LUCA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
MATURO ANTONIO FRANCESCO Università di Bologna Professore associato
NIGRIS DANIELE Università di Padova Professore associato
OSTI GIORGIO Università di Trieste Professore associato
PALTRINIERI ROBERTA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
PARMIGGIANI PAOLA Università di Bologna Professore associato
PATTARO CHIARA Università di Padova Ricercatore
PIERETTI GIOVANNI Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
PRANDINI RICCARDO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
RIZZA ROBERTO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
SETTE RAFFAELLA Università di Bologna Professore associato
VEZZADINI SUSANNA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
ZURLA PAOLO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario