At the University of International Studies of Rome - UNINT there is an active research doctorate in Global Studies & Innovation. The program is aimed at training highly qualified researchers and professionals, with a deep understanding of the theoretical horizon that surrounds innovation and social change nowadays, as well as a concrete knowledge of the intercultural and transnational contexts in which the aforementioned changes occur.

Description and objectives

The doctoral program aims to develop skills related to the evolution of global society, with reference to people, organizations, institutions, languages ​​and educational processes. The course aims to deepen, also from an operational point of view, the understanding of the main trends of social and technical innovation, and to outline interventions in international contexts that are not only effective and efficient, but also oriented towards personal care. Therefore, it is intended to train highly specialized professionals, such as educators, managers and operators in the defense 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, in a dialogue with the doctoral students, to enhance the interdisciplinary aspects, in the context of studies on innovation and globalisation. The duration of the program is three years and the number of places available is 6.  
The admission procedures and selection criteria are defined in a specific call, which is published once a year, usually between the months of June, August and September. Admission to the doctorate is also permitted to public administration employees who, if admitted following selection, can take advantage of a period of leave for study purposes for the entire duration of the program.

Le 6 PNRR scholarships aim to develop the following missions in particular:


M1C1: DIGITALIZATION, INNOVATION AND SECURITY IN THE PA. The project aims to develop intercultural and IT skills suitable for operating within security and prevention systems to counter threats in the cyber world, with particular reference to the growing vulnerability due to digitalisation.

M1C2: DIGITALIZATION, INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS IN THE PRODUCTION SYSTEM. The project aims to analyze the key factors that underlie the image and international competitiveness of Made in Italy, with particular attention to the use of digital channels for the analysis of the foreign reputation of products, services and brands national and the development of communication and sales strategies aimed at international markets.

M1C3: TOURISM AND CULTURE 4.0. The project aims to understand political phenomena and intercultural communication, on the one hand, and to observe tourist and migratory flows from an experiential perspective, on the other, using digitalisation and/or database creation processes. .


M4C1: ENHANCEMENT OF THE OFFER OF EDUCATION SERVICES: FROM NURSERY TO UNIVERSITIES. The project analyzes the training offer of universities to investigate the pedagogical and didactic assumptions regarding delivery through digital technologies.


M5C1: WORK POLICIES. The research project is oriented towards the definition of a system of interdisciplinary skills suitable for encouraging the training of new professional figures capable of supporting the international development activities of the Italian system, both at an entrepreneurial and institutional level, with particular attention to gender equality in accessing professions linked to internationalization processes.

M5C3: SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS FOR TERRITORIAL COHESION. The project can focus on the two selected components, preferably connected to each other: intercultural dynamics for social inclusion and combating radicalization phenomena. Particular importance should be given to the development of skills useful for understanding, preventing and combating religious extremism phenomena linked to social hardship - on an urban, national and European scale - and to international political dynamics.

Scientific approach and research themes

The doctoral course involves an interdisciplinary approach, which combines the study of the dynamics underlying the changes taking place in society from a political, cultural and economic point of view, with particular attention to the impact of digital innovation. More generally, doctoral students are required to develop and synthesize research relating to the social sciences and humanities, so that they can carry out original and interdisciplinary studies. The doctoral course will also focus on the study of the theories and practices of "transnational management", with a specific focus on the relations between Europe and the most relevant emerging geographical areas, which are acquiring more and more geopolitical, economic and cultural at an international level and which play a key role in European and global security (including cybersecurity). A holistic approach to the above-mentioned issues will be encouraged.

The program aims to attract graduates with a strong multi/interdisciplinary profile, significant knowledge of intercultural communication research paradigms and capable of developing high-quality scientific activity, focusing on law and geopolitics, international and digital affairs, psycho-pedagogy, political relations, languages, international security, economics and finance. The program includes research and training in the fields of linguistics, education, management, intercultural communication and, in general, provides students with significant knowledge of the influence of digital innovation on nations and organizations, from economic, legal, social and cultural.

Professional opportunities

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

Examples of job functions include:

  • management of internal and external intercultural communication;
  • management of cross-border transactions and business relationships;
  • 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 linguistic and communication solutions for intercultural marketing in export and marketing companies;
  • development of language and intercultural communication programs;
  • teaching and research in universities or upper secondary education;
  • geopolitical and security analyses;
  • consultancy for public/private actors involved in global crisis scenarios;
  • planning and management of activities aimed at preventing and combating organized crime and ideological-religious terrorism.

Overview of educational and research activities

Each candidate admitted to attend the doctoral course is assigned a tutor, belonging to the teaching body, and a co-tutor. The tutor and co-tutor are responsible for including the doctoral student in the research activity and undertake to support him in the proposal and planning of the individual study plan. The tutor defines the specific research topics with the student and subsequently the thesis.


Individual study plan

First and second year doctoral students propose an individual study plan to the Teaching Board - Individual Training Agreement – carried out under the guidance of tutors in which students include some courses relevant to their research project.

PhD candidates have access to:

  • courses dedicated exclusively to research doctorates: each Faculty of the University of International Studies of Rome organizes and activates a 20-hour course for its own reference sectors;
  • the courses belonging to the master's degree programs of the University of International Studies of Rome.


At the end of the courses there is a suitability test whose judgment will be expressed as "suitable" in the case of a positive outcome or "not suitable" in the case of a negative outcome. Depending on the type of teaching, the test can be written and/or oral, with the possible presentation of works or essays by the students.
First year doctoral students must accumulate a minimum of 15 credits to be admitted to the second year.
Second year doctoral students must accumulate 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 writing of the doctoral thesis and on teaching support activities.


Doctoral seminars

doctoral seminars they are seminars dedicated to doctoral students and constitute the common program for all doctoral students. The seminars can be carried out both by teachers who are members of the College and by external teachers. Attendance at doctoral seminars is mandatory for at least 60% of the hours.


Substitute and/or supplementary activities

Subject to the tutor's authorization, doctoral students can propose substitute activities with reference to the preparation of the doctoral thesis and the research and publications that they are called upon to produce during their studies. This includes the participation of doctoral students in mainly external scientific initiatives such as conferences and seminars held in other scientific and institutional venues.


Administrative activities

Doctoral students can be involved in university administrative activities for a maximum of two afternoons a week.


Educational activities

Subject to the favorable opinion of the teaching body, starting from the second year of enrolment, doctoral students may be granted the qualification of subject expert with reference to the SSDs included in the doctoral training project. Doctoral students who are experts in the subject are involved in teaching support activities.


Scientific papers

Starting from the second year, doctoral students must publish at least one paper per year in scientific journals which can be evaluated according to the 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 XNUMX% for periods of stay abroad of at least XNUMX 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.

Doctoral Seminar calendar

2023/2024 academic year


Brazil is a member of the Brics. Understanding history and culture to look to the future

The translatio studiorum in the medieval Muslim world: from the house of wisdom (Bayt Al-Hikmah) to the “Great Commentary” of Ibn Rushd (Averroes)
Les journées de la francophonie à l'UNINT 2023
The use of neuroscience in (sustainable and social) marketing: applications and case studies

Introduction to quantitative social research techniques. Experimental analysis
Body language and non-verbal communication – “The master lesson” cycle
Brazil seen from the present? Politics, law and economics



Infranodus: a tool for text network analysis and data visualization 

How to publish in sector 13/B4
European banking regulation
World cultural heritage in Portuguese-speaking countries

Between languages ​​and cultures: intercultural communication strategies in Arabic-speaking countries 

Econometric analysis and applications

Leadership: definition, orientations and leadership styles

Seminar 2 | Going global: ideas for a digital approach to international markets
Seminar 1 | Principles, tools and methodologies for digital marketing



Topic lesson 2: Sustainability in the transport and logistics industry
Topic lesson 1: Logistics in the urban areasr

AI, robotics and geopolitical challenges

Integration processes between constitutional and contractual freedoms
Is the Islamic ordering principle still in force) Rethinking the Arab spring ten years later

Is the Islamic ordering principle still in force) Rethinking the Arab spring ten years later
Ibidism vs homologation in the construction of postcolonial identity: the Brazilian case

International marketing: competing in the global market place in the pandemic era
Microcourse in negotiations

30 March
Les journées de la francophonie à l'UNINT

23 24 and March
Les journées de la francophonie à l'UNINT: francophonie, francophonies

16 26 and March
Stepping stones China: the challenge of running a non-profit organization in China
Communicating disabilities: from a paternalistic to an inclusive point of view

25 February
The perception and concept of democracy in the Middle East and United States

3 February
Getting to know the Arab world for intercultural dialogue



Islamic finance? Ritual almsgiving (Zakat) and prohibition of usury in the Koran and in Muslim tradition (in its classical and modern implications)
Made in Italy and non-preferential order of goods at customs
Made in Italy and US customs policies: countervailing and anti-dumping duties

Debt sustainability and relaunch of the Italian economy
Europe's recovery plan in a historical perspective

Fourth industrial revolution: from hicks neutrality of technical progress to jobless growth

Sentiment analysis: application examples
Sentiment analysis: introduction and methods

Mixed Method Research: guest speaker

Competitiveness and perception of Made in Italy in international markets
The role of Italy in world trade
Hermeneutics of the literary text

Cosmopolitanism and cultural identities: an English case study
Critical-discursive analysis of a body of jurisprudence from the Supreme Court of the United States of America



World Arabic Language Day
Critical-discursive analysis of a body of jurisprudence from the Supreme Court of the United States of America
Discovering Montenegro today: a journey through history, economy, politics and policies
Asian values ​​and the Islamic ordering principle: a challenge to Western law? First part

At the origins of the European crisis
Features of the Bulgarian economic system
Climbing up the stairs that may lead downstairs: Bulgaria and the EU
Quantitative measurement and analysis techniques

Publishing in Highly Ranked Journals: The (Bumpy) Road to (Possible) Success

To understand the customer: empathy map and the consumer journey map
Places and place branding
The data and the rules

How to identify interesting research questions
Talents and strategies to support Italian exports: Sace's experience
Central Europe between the west and the east
Export beauty. From Goethe's journey to Made in Italy

Research methodologies and the analysis of texts
Political leadership and business. The impact of big corporations 
Multiculturalism from an Islamic perspective: from the Koran to post-modernity
Meanings and roles of business planning and project management

Crafting a paper for international journals
Europe, immigration and citizenship: examples of legislation compared
Internationalization and valorisation of research: third mission in higher education

The process of European economic integration. Costs and benefits (first module)
Italy's foreign direct investments. Macro theories and evidence
Italy's role in world trade - Macroeconomic theory and evidence
SPSS course

Teachers' Board XXXIX cycle


Cirò Sbailò – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |


Amedeo Argentiero – UKE – Kore University of ENNA |
Silvio Cardinali – University of Calabria |
Stefania Cerrito – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Fabio Cintioli – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Alessandro De Nisco – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Angelo Iacovella – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Emma Learned – University of Naples |
Tiziana Lioi – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT | 
Giada Mainolfi – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Anna Carla Nazzaro – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Daniele Niedda – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Salvatore Patera – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Giuseppe Pisicchio – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Lucilla Pizzoli – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Marco Romano – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Mariagrazia Russo – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Annalisa Sandrelli – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Ciro Sbailò – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT |
Sara Trucco – University of International Studies of Rome – UNINT | 


We inform you that the interviews for admission to the PhD in Global Studies & Innovation - XXXIX cycle - will take place on Monday 25 September 2023 starting from 9 am

We inform you that, as per the Official Gazette no. 63 of 22 August 2023, 4th Special Series - Competitions and Exams, the deadline for submitting applications for admission to the PhD in "Global Studies & Innovation" - XXXIX cycle - will expire at midnight on 24 September 00.

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