PhD programme in Ecology of cultural and institutional systems

PhD: Ecology of cultural and institutional systems
Institution: Università del Piemonte Orientale
Coordinator: This PhD programme is coordinated by Professor Chiara Tripodina.
Length: 3 years

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Description and objectives

The doctorate aims to train scholars who deal with the interpretation of historical-cultural phenomena and socio-political institutions viewed as ‘ecosystems’: complex systems, interwoven with interactions and exchanges, in dynamic equilibrium and continuous evolution. With an approach aimed at enhancing the interdisciplinarity and integration of linguistic, literary, historical and legal humanistic competences, space will be given to the related themes of ‘ecology’ -
viewed as a responsible relationship between culture and nature - and ‘sustainability’ - viewed as an ethico-juridical relationship towards a common global future, both within the social sciences and humanities, and in their intersections with the fields ​​of hard science and technology. Some of the major topics under examination will be the following: the history of the management of environmental resources, and the development of environmental culture, in relation also to local cultures and cultural heritage; ecocritical and ecolinguistic approaches to literature and language; solidarity and sustainability in environmental, economic, social, institutional, cultural and intergenerational terms.
Future doctors in “Ecology of Public and Social Institutions” will have acquired tools and skills towards:

  • a critical and comparative analysis and interpretation of cultural and institutional practices, as well as of linguistic, literary, legal and/or historical sources and texts, viewed as interrelated elements in constant evolution;
  • the development of interdisciplinary tools and methodologies with an applied perspective. 

Curricula

The PhD programme offers three curricula:

Occupational and professional opportunities

The expected employment and professional opportunities for our PhD degree are to be found in higher research activities for public institutions (above all, Universities) and the private sector. Our degree course aims to train new profiles of experts, applying critical analysis to the issues of sustainability in the environmental, socio-economic, institutional, cultural and intergenerational fields.
These skills are deployable in international, national and local institutions, in the public administration, in the ‘third sector’, in educational training and in freelance professions.
Concerning the “linguistic-literary” curriculum, the versatility of its training ensures a profile that will prove useful in the fields of academic research, education and training, intercultural activities, publishing and translation of texts, cultural promotion and organization. Concerning the “historical” curriculum, the skills acquired will prove useful in the field of European and global/international research, the interdisciplinary application of historical analysis in a broad range
of contexts (from planning to environmental education, from the management of cultural heritage to higher education teaching and communication).
Concerning the curriculum in ‘Democratic sustainability and solidarity’, new profiles of law experts will be trained with attention to the themes of solidarity, in particular by studying strategies to fight ‘new poverty’, and of sustainability in the political choices impacting the environmental, socio-economic, institutional, cultural, and intergenerational fields.

Teaching staff

The teaching staff includes professors from the University of Eastern Piedmont, in particular from the Department of Law and Political, Economic, and Social Sciences (DIGSPES) in Alessandria, from the Department of Humanities (DISUM) in Vercelli and from that of Economics and Business Studies (DISEI) of Novara, as well as professors from other Italian universities (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan-Bicocca, Turin, Valle d'Aosta) and non-Italian institutions (Universidad del Litoral, Santa Fe (Argentina), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), Université de Savoie Mont Blanc (Chambéry, France), Uniwersytet Warszawski (Poland), Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla (Spain), Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), Monmouth University (USA), Ohio State University (USA), Wake Forest University (USA), University of West Virginia (USA))

Cooperations and interdisciplinarity

The PhD programme operates in collaboration with the Department of Law and Political, Economic, and Social Sciences (DIGSPES) of Alessandria, the Department of Humanities (DISUM) of Vercelli and with that of Economics and Business Studies (DISEI) of Novara and the natural science departments of the University, in particular on environmental issues, health rights, and  bioethics. The collaboration network also includes other Italian universities (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan-Bicocca, Turin, Valle d'Aosta). The PhD programme pursues a strategy of interdisciplinarity, in cooperation with research centers of the University, in particular the Center on Law and Constitutional History (DISCO), the Centro Marinone, and with research centers and companies outside the University (D.O.C. s.c.s.), ANCI, Accademia della Crusca for the VoDIM  and ArchiDATA initiatives, Casalis research centre)

Internationalization

The PhD programme is pursuing a strong internationalization strategy. We encourage candidates to acquire a joint PhD degree in collaboration with non-Italian universities and we support research periods and internships abroad.
The PhD programme has collaborations with the Université de Toulon (France), Max-Planck. Institute for International and Comparative Public Law (Germany), National Law University New Delhi (India), Université de Savoie Mont Blanc (Chambéry, France), Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Several professors that are part of the PhD programme teach at non-Italian institutions, which also offer collaboration and can host PhD students ((Universidad del Litoral, Santa Fe (Argentina), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), Université de Savoie Mont Blanc (Chambéry, France), Uniwersytet Warszawski (Poland), Universidad Pablo de Olavide,  Sevilla (Spain), Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), Monmouth University (USA), Ohio State University (USA), Wake Forest University (USA), University of West Virginia (USA)).

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