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A PhD in Global Studies & Innovation is active at UNINT.  The programme aims to train researchers and practitioners with an in-depth understanding of innovation and social change, along with a solid knowledge of the intercultural and transnational contexts in wich this change takes place.

Description and objectives 

The doctoral programme aims to develop skills relating to the evolution of global society, with reference to people, organisations, institutions, languages and educational processes. The course aims to deepen, also from an operational perspective, the understanding of the main trends in social and technical innovation, and to outline interventions in international contexts that are not only effective and efficient, but also people-oriented. Therefore, the aim is to train highly specialised professionals, such as educators, managers and operators in the defence and security sector, capable of effectively managing highly complex situations, without losing sight of the centrality of the person and the need to contribute to common development.

The research activities are supervised by the Doctoral Board of professors, in order to enhance their interdisciplinary aspects, in the context of innovation and globalisation studies. Dialogue with doctoral students is taken into account.
The duration of the programme is three years and the number of places available is six.
Admission procedures and selection criteria are defined in a specific call for applications, which is published once a year, usually between the months of June, August and September. Admission to the PhD programme is also open to employees of public administrations who, if admitted following the selection process, may be granted a period of study leave for the duration of the programme.
The six PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) grants aim to develop the following missions in particular:


M1C1: DIGITALISATION, INNOVATION AND SECURITY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. The project aims to develop cross-cultural and IT skills suitable for operating within security and prevention systems to counter threats in the cyberspace, with special reference to the increasing vulnerability due to digitization.

M1C2: DIGITALISATION, INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS IN THE PRODUCTIVE SYSTEM. The project aims to analyse the key factors behind the image and international competitiveness of Made in Italy, with a particular focus on the use of digital channels to analyse the foreign reputation of domestic products, services and brands and the development of communication and sales strategies aimed at international markets.

M1C3: TOURISM AND CULTURE 4.0. The project aims at understanding political and intercultural communication phenomena, on the one hand, and observing tourism and migration flows from an experiential perspective, on the other, making use of the processes of digitization and/or data-base creation.


M4C1: STRENGTHENING THE OFFER OF EDUCATION SERVICES: FROM NURSERIES TO UNIVERSITIES. The project analyses the educational offerings of universities to investigate pedagogical and educational assumptions regarding delivery through digital technologies.


M5C1: LABOUR POLICIES. The research project is oriented towards the definition of a system of interdisciplinary skills suitable for fostering the training of new professionals capable of supporting the international development activities of the Italian system, both at the entrepreneurial and institutional level, with particular attention to gender equality in access to professions related to internationalisation processes.

M5C3: SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS FOR TERRITORIAL COHESION. The project may focus on the two selected, preferably interlinked, components: intercultural dynamics for social inclusion and countering radicalisation phenomena. Particular emphasis should be given to the development of skills useful for understanding, preventing and countering the phenomena of religious extremism related to social distress - on an urban, national and European scale - and to international political dynamics.

Scientific approach and research themes

The doctoral course takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining the study of the dynamics underlying the changes taking place in society from a political, cultural and economic perspective, with a focus on the impact of digital innovation. More generally, doctoral students are expected to develop and synthesise research related to the social sciences and humanities, so that they can carry out original and interdisciplinary studies. The PhD course will also focus on the study of 'transnational management' theories and practices, with a specific focus on the relations between Europe and the most relevant emerging geographical areas, which are increasingly gaining internationally geopolitical, economic and cultural ground and play a key role in European and global security (including cybersecurity). A holistic approach to the above issues will be encouraged.

The programme aims at attracting Master's graduates with a strong multi/interdisciplinary profile, a significant knowledge of intercultural communication research paradigms and who are able to develop high quality scholarly activities focusing on law and geopolitics, international and digital affairs, psycho-pedagogy, political relations, languages, international security, economics and finance. The programme includes research and training in the fields of linguistics, education, management, intercultural communication and, in general, provides students with a significant knowledge of the influence of digital innovation on nations and organisations, from economic, legal, social and cultural perspectives.

Professional opportunities

Upon completion of the course, doctoral candidates will be able to qualify for jobs in international companies and organisations, including public institutions, supranational organisations and multinational companies operating in Europe and/or emerging countries. PhD students will also be able to seek teaching and research positions in academia and higher education institutions.

Potential career opportunities include: 

  • management of internal and external intercultural communication;
  • management of cross-border transactions and business relations;
  • human resources and diversity management;
  • development of language strategies and strategic language solutions in communication units;
  • development of translation, language and communication strategies in translation companies;
  • interpreting and translation management;
  • country analysis and intercultural segmentation of foreign markets;
  • negotiation in an intercultural context;
  • development of innovative language and communication solutions for intercultural marketing in export and marketing companies;
  • development of language and intercultural communication programmes;
  • teaching and research in universities or higher secondary education;
  • geopolitical and security analyses;
  • consulting for public/private actors involved in global crisis scenarios;
  • planning and management of activities aimed at preventing and combating organised crime and ideological or religious terrorism. 

Overview of educational and research activities

Each candidate admitted to attend the doctoral programme is assigned a mentor, belonging to the College of Professors, and a co-mentor.  The mentor and co-mentor are responsible for the doctoral student's inclusion in the research activity and undertake to support them in submitting and planning their individual study plan.  The mentor defines with the candidate the specific topics of research and later those of the thesis.  

Individual study plan

First- and second-year doctoral students must submit an individual study plan - Individual Training Agreement - created under the guidance of the mentors to the Board of Professors. In this plan the candidates must include some courses relevant to their research project.

PhD candidates have access to: 

  • courses dedicated exclusively to the Ph.D. programme: each Faculty of the Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma organizes, and runs, a 20-hour course for its fields of reference;
  • courses belonging to the master's degree programmes of the Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma. 

At the end of the courses, there is a proficiency test, whose result will be "suitable" in case of a positive outcome or "unsuitable" in case of a negative outcome.  Depending on the type of lecturing, the test may be written and/or verbal, with a possible presentation of work or short dissertation papers by students. 
First-year doctoral students must accrue a minimum of 15 ECTS to be admitted to the second year. 
First-year doctoral students must accrue a minimum of 15 ECTS to be admitted to the third year. 
There are no individual courses for third-year doctoral students because the activity focuses on the doctoral thesis preparation and education support activities.  

Doctoral seminars

Doctoral seminars are seminars dedicated to doctoral students and are the common programme for all doctoral students.  Seminars can be held either by faculty members of the College or by outside faculty.  Attendance at doctoral seminars is mandatory for at least 60% of the hours. 

Substitute and/or supplementary activities 

With the permission of the mentor, PhD students may propose alternative activities with reference to the preparation of the doctoral thesis and research and publications they are required to produce over the course of their studies.  This includes the participation of PhD students in mainly external scientific initiatives such as conferences and seminars held in other scientific and educational facilities. 

Administrative activities 

PhD students may be involved in university administrative activities for up to two afternoons per week. 

Educational activities

Subject to the favorable opinion of the Board of Professors, starting from the second year of enrollment, PhD students may be granted the title of Subject Expert with reference to the SSDs included in the doctoral training project.  PhD students who are Subject Experts are involved in educational support activities. 

Scientific papers

Starting in the second year, doctoral students must publish at least one paper per year in scientific journals that may be assessed according to ANVUR criteria. 

Stays abroad

Starting in their second year, PhD students have the opportunity to study and research abroad at other universities and research institutions. 
For doctoral scholarship holders, the scholarship amount is increased by 50% for periods of stay abroad of at least 30 continuous days.
Periods of residence abroad must be authorized by the Board of Professors, who will discuss the doctoral student's proposal only after receiving the official letter of invitation from the hosting institution. 



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Notice is hereby given that, as announced in Official Gazette No.  63 of 22 August 2023, 4th Special Series - National Examinations, the deadline for submission of applications for admission to the PhD in "Global Studies & Innovation" - XXXIX cycle will expire at midnight on 6 September 2023.

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