PhD in Sociology and Social Research

Academic Year 2018-2019
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle 34°
Coordinator Prof. Antonio Francesco Maturo
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 4 positions with scholarship
Application deadline May 14, 2018 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrolment period From Jul 27, 2018 to Aug 06, 2018
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2018
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Sociology and Business Law - SDE
Mobility abroad
Yes (6 months)
Research topics

- 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, or in public and private research institutions. From an internal research, it came out that previous phD licensed from our program work in the following fields: planning and evaluation of social and health policy - both in the public sector and in the third sector; human resources in big firms; trade unions relationship for big enterpresis; marketing and consumer cultures; health care organizations (both public and private)
 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; experts in security and safety; NGOs; professional training.
Admission Board

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
Martelli Alessandro Università   di Bologna member
Maturo Antonio Francesco Università   di Bologna member
Rizza Roberto Università   di Bologna member
Bergamaschi Maurizio Università   di Bologna substitute
Parmiggiani Paola Università   di Bologna substitute
Sette Raffaella Università   di Bologna substitute
Learning outcomes
The main aims are the the formation and improvement of highly qualified professionals with a strong and solid attitude for the elaboration, organization and direction of empirical and theoretical research. The Phd is organized to educate scholars who will be able to manage: 1) theoretical and sociological reflections along with the most important and innovative emerging social issues; 2) field-work with qualitative and quantitative methodologies, also in the digital realm. To achieve these goals the students are invited, in the first year, to participate to several methodological seminars, 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 will analyze critically the main theoretical sociological paradigms and its methodological consequences. More specifically, the students will carry out the following activities:
- theoretical research
- fieldwork, that is:
a) how to plan a sociological research
b) operationalization
c) selection of the best methodology and research techniques
d) data collection by qualitative and quantitative
e) data analysis and data interpretation
f) how to write the research paper
- tutoring and teaching assistance in classes and group work with junior students
- writing reviews and working papers
- research activities carried out abroad for 6 months in a university.
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
- Information about the Phd Program are sent by an institutional e-mail to a large number of sociological department in several foreign countries. Moreover, information about the Ph. D Program are sent to international sociological networks (International Sociological Association, European Sociological Association, British Sociological Association) and then spread to their members.
- The Ph.D students are obliged to spend six months of their research period abroad, in foreign universities, to follow classes and/or to work on their dissertation. They are strongly invited to partecipate at international conferences and summer schools.
- The PhD Program hosts every year several international guests from foreign universities.
- Since 2012 the PhD Program is part of the International Program Erasmus Mundus ARTESS (Argentina).
- Tbe Board of the PhD Program encloses a professor from a foreing university (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- The PhD Program offers classes in order to learn out to write an article for international journals and how to write abstracts in order to be accepted at international conferences
Expected research results and products
On the basis of the deep learning of the main sociological paradigms and their connection with the methodological outomes, the students are expected to acquire a personal and original research style. Moreover, the students should write:
- at least one scientific article in a sociological journal during the 3 years of PhD Program
- an innovative thesis
- the publication of a paper with the results of the thesis or a second article, within 2 years after the end of the PhD Program. The Board will help the student to connect with publisher and journals
Moreover, the Board of PhD Program encourage the students to work on emerging social issues that can help solving social problems on local, national or international basis. Therefore, the Board will help to spread students research results towards the main institutions that could be affected and through the most appropriate channels. Students research is timely monitored be the Board.
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
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
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
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