The PhD Programme in Labour, Development and Innovation is an integral part of the E4E Doctoral School (Engineering for Economics – Economics for Engineering) in collaboration with the “Enzo Ferrari” PhD Programme in Engineering, Industry and Territory, the Phd. Programme in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the PhD Programme in Industrial Innovation Engineering.
The programme was set up in the academic year 2014/15, as the natural evolution of the PhD Programme in Labour Relations that was established in 2006 as a result of the agreement between the Marco Biagi Foundation, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the Ministry of Higher Education and and Research.
In the academic year 2017/2018, the PhD Programme was redesigned and now consists of two curricula:
The PhD programme aims to provide the interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological tools required for investigating the contemporary world of work, in qualitative and quantitative terms, in a legal, social and economic perspective, with a view to intervening in the dynamics of work at micro, meso and macro level.
One of the key characteristics of the School is the integration with public bodies and private-sector firms, with an view to promoting the employment prospects of the doctoral research students in a range of activities reaching beyond the academic world. This objective is pursued primarily by means of private funding of bursaries, with the allocation of funding by the Ministry of Higher Education for a number of bursaries equivalent to the number funded by external bodies.
The PhD programme aims to select and train researchers in an interdisciplinary and comparative method, strongly oriented towards the practical application of results, with links to business and social actors at national and international level. Young researchers completing the doctoral programme can expect to play an active role in Italian and international enterprises, international bodies, institutions, associations and trade unions, also by means of higher-level apprenticeships.
One particular characteristic of the PhD programme is the use of a number of working languages. Teaching in languages other than Italian is essential for promoting the international dimension of the programme and for attracting international students.