PhD positions in Urban Studies at Gran Sasso Science Institute (Italy)

Deadline: 15 April 2015 - 12:00am

Website: http://www.gssi.infn.it/phd/

Where: L'Aquila, Italy

Venue: Gran Sasso Science Institute

10 PAID PHD POSITIONS IN URBAN STUDIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE GRAN SASSO SCIENCE INSTITUTE (l’Aquila, Italy)

The position is full-time, for three years, starting in November 2015.

The doctoral programme in Urban Studies focuses on the interdisciplinary analysis of the long-term structural changes of European cities. The planned learning path aims at building a sound and broad theoretical and methodological knowledge, yet the doctoral programme in ‘Urban Studies’ at the GSSI is policy-oriented. Students will be trained to conduct high-level applied research and to be earnestly involved in the policy-making process in preparation of complex policy reports.

The teaching activity will consist of a number of ‘master classes’ and short-courses on epistemological, methodological and theoretical issues relevant in the understanding of cities development trajectories. As an important part of the planned learning process, students will be asked to read, and to discuss in the context of the class, a number of key books in the field of urban studies.  Training courses, imparted to the whole class or tailored on the needs of specific groups of students, will make students acquire the required skills to use appropriate research tools in the field of urban studies.

As an important step in the learning process, field studies will be also conducted by the class, which will act as a “research team” under the supervision of the GSSI research fellows.

A key feature of this doctoral programme is to make students acquire solid epistemological and methodological bases. Lectures and seminars will be offered focusing on the history and methods of scientific research.

According to what is required to develop their own research projects, students will be strongly encouraged to attend courses and perform research activities in other universities or research centres (not longer than one term per year).
For further information: www.gssi.infn.itapply.gssi@lngs.infn.it

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