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Doctoral Research School

The Doctoral Research Programme (PhD) in Labour, Development and Innovation is one of the pillars of the Doctoral School E4E (Engineering for Economics – Economics for Engineering) in collaboration with the Enzo Ferrari Doctoral Research Programme in Industrial and Territorial Engineering, the Doctoral Research Programme in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the Doctoral Research Programme in Industrial Innovation Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.


The Research Programme provides a conceptual and methodological framework for interpreting the transformation of the technological and productive scenario and the social consequences, adopting the perspectives of law, economics and organization theory.


Since the academic year 2017/2018, the PhD has been reorganised and now consists of two curricula:


Employment, Development and Innovation

The Employment, Development and Innovation curriculum is aimed at promoting interdisciplinary insights into labour relations in the light of socio-economic changes with a focus on regulatory issues (law, management, economics and organization theory) at various levels of analysis, while developing research tools and interdisciplinary methods for the analysis of the legal and non-legal regulation of employment relations and business innovation processes (industrial, services, public) and the dynamics of economic and territorial development.

Industry 4.0

The Industry 4.0 curriculum is intended to facilitate an understanding of the digital transformation of the economy, and the development of legal, economic, financial and management tools to govern the transformation of companies and organisations from an Industry 4.0 perspective. Training and research in this field focuses on the impact of big data on work and production processes along with digitalisation and the impact on business management.


The synergy with the Enzo Ferrari doctoral research programme in Engineering, Industry and Territory ensures an interdisciplinary approach, with education and training activities focusing on the main technologies and technological trajectories of Industry 4.0.


The aim of the PhD Programme is to educate highly qualified professionals, capable of combining national and international research with the ability to develop innovative projects using suitable methods and tools to generate positive and incisive effects at regional and national level.


The distinctive features of the course are:

  • integration with the world of work and economic operators, with a view to improving employability
    beyond the academic community;
  • use of multiple working languages in teaching, research and design;
  •  the adoption of interdisciplinary and international approach.

These aims are pursued mainly by means of a system of PhD bursaries, by which the Ministry of Higher Education allocates a number of bursaries corresponding to the number sponsored by actors who are not part of the higher education system.