The objective pursued is to select and train young researchers destined mainly to work, already during their doctoral studies, in Italian and foreign companies, international organizations, institutions, associations, and trade unions (also in the ‘high apprenticeship’ mode).

The conceptual and methodological tools acquired aim to enhance the interdisciplinary perspective on which the Course is based.

The distinctive features of the course are:
• integration with the productive fabric and economic operators, to improve extra-academic employability;
• use of several working languages in teaching, research and design;
• the training path privileges an interdisciplinary and international approach.

Teamwork is also continually encouraged through participation in scientific, cultural, and artistic activities open to the city and the region.

Employment prospects

The skills acquired through the Ph.D. programme are useful for working within public or private training and research institutions, requiring skills in the direction and design of public policies relating to labour, environmental, social and economic sustainability or, within medium-sized or large companies, with study and high design tasks related to the organisation of personnel and production processes oriented towards digitalisation and ecological transition.

Other possible employment opportunities in trade unions or employers’ organisations or public institutions include the performance of management functions concerning the conduct of trade union negotiations, dialogue with workers’ representative structures, administration of collective agreements, dispute management, and settlement of collective disputes.

Research institutions also include those belonging to the academic circuit, which is one of the natural outlets for the course.