PhD in Sociology and Social Research

Academic Year 2020-2021
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle 36
Coordinator Prof. Antonio Francesco Maturo
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 4 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 21, 2020 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Enrollment period From Jul 08, 2020 to Jul 20, 2020
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2020
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Sociology and Business Law - SDE
Associated Departments
Department of the Arts - DARvipem
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - LILEC
Mobility abroad
6 months
Curricula and Research topics
  • Sociological theory and research methodology
  • Urban sociology, tourism and migratory processes
  • Sociology of cultural and communicative processes
  • Digital Sociology
  • 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 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 PhD 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 PhD grants them high skills level in the field of sociology, both theoretical and applied. The PhD 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 University Role email
Chicchi Federico Università di Bologna Member
Maturo Antonio Francesco Università di Bologna Member
Musarò Pierluigi Università di Bologna Member
Degli Esposti Piergiorgio Università di Bologna Substitute
Migliorati Lorenzo Università di Verona Substitute
Sette Raffaella Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes
The main aims are 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:
- theoretical and sociological reflections along with the most important and innovative emerging social issues;
- 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 PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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, 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 PhD Program are sent to international sociological networks (International Sociological Association, European Sociological Association, British Sociological Association) and then spread to their members.
- The PhD 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 Programme hosts every year several international guests from foreign universities.
- Since 2012 the PhD Program is part of the International Program Erasmus Mundus ARTESS (Argentina).
- The Board of the PhD Program encloses a professor from a foreing university (Manchester Metropolitan University).
- The PhD Program offers classes in order to learn how 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 Programme,
- 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 Programme.
The Board will help the student to connect with publisher and journals. Moreover, the Board of the PhD Programme 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
Bergamaschi Maurizio Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Blokker Paulus Albertus Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Borghi Vando Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Bracke Piet University of Ghent (Belgium) Professore Ordinario
Castrignanò Marco Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Ceccagno Antonella Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Chicchi Federico Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Conley Dalton Clark Princeton University (United States) Professore Ordinario
Degli Esposti Piergiorgio Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Maccarini Andrea Maria Università degli Studi di Padova Professore Ordinario
Manella Gabriele Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Martelli Alessandro Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Maturo Antonio Francesco Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Migliorati Lorenzo Università degli Studi di Verona Professore Associato
Musarò Pierluigi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Osti Giorgio Università degli Studi di Trieste Professore Associato
Paltrinieri Roberta Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Parmiggiani Paola Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Pattaro Chiara Università degli Studi di Padova Ricercatore Universitario
Pieretti Giovanni Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Sette Raffaella Università di Bologna Professore Associato