Education in the Contemporary Society

The PhD program Education in the Contemporary Society” fosters theoretically informed and methodologically rigorous research on education. Our research is interdisciplinary, internatonal, innovative, and socially responsible. We offer a range of supervisory expertise in different disciplines related to education and learning: general and social pedagogy, didactics, educational sciences, history of education, psychology of development, communication, clinical psychology, philosophy.

International and inter-sectorial relationships

We have strong international links; our students are required to go abroad (at least 6 months) and to present their work internationally. We support joint supervision and exchanges with other research groups. We also collaborate for applied research with external stakeholders, public and private organizations, policy makers and practitioners. With some enterprises, we create specific Executive Doctorate positions, which gives access to the program to their employees. 


Director: Prof. Francesca Antonacci
Deputy Director: Prof. Edoardo Datteri 

Objectives and research areas

The PhD program sustains empirical, experimental, theoretical, transformative, historical, and comparative research, focused on issues related to education and learning in different ages and contexts: school, social intervention, health system, intercultural society and migration, informal and non-formal learning contexts. On such themes: new technologies and media; learning environments, didactics and teaching; work and professional scenarios; radicalization and fundamentalisms; exclusion and injustice; lifelong learning and continuing education; well-being and the quality of life; training in health and care; communication; social understanding; etc.

Teaching activities

The PhD Education in the Contemporary Society is aimed to the realization of a research project, within three years, under the supervision of a member of the Board (tutor), and possibly one or more supervisors, in order to guarantee the quality of the project and to orient the student in the construction of his/her scientific profile, by inserting him/her in a research group and research community, coherently with his/her own interests.

In order to sustain the development of many and complex competences, as it is required from a researcher nowadays, the PhD student is inserted from start into a structured path of courses, seminars and meetings, with halfway and final assessment sessions every year.

Besides courses, active participation of the PhD student to the scientific, cultural, and didactic life of the Department is mandatory, as well as to regular meetings with the tutor/supervisor and with the teacher who is responsible for each year, and to the assessment activities, aimed to ensure the quality and advancement of the research project.

It is obligatory to attend courses and achieve 12 CFU (University Formative Credits), at least 2 of which in the courses of the Doctoral School.

Courses that give credits are:

  1. Cross-cutting competences (modules: Technological tools for research, Bibliographic research, Scientific writing) (4 CFU): the course forms the competences that are needed to ideate, manage and communicate the research project.
  2. Methodologies (introductory and advanced course) (4 CFU): the course offers an introduction to the large variety of methods and tools for research that are used by members of the Board (1st year) and meetings for in-depth analysis and/or methodological supervision, centered on the students’ projects (2nd year).
  3. Course of Pedagogy (2 CFU).
  4. Course of Psychology (2 CFU) and/or Course of Philosophy (2 CFU).

The Doctoral School organizes 4 courses – Basic competences, Management of research, Enhancement of research and Interdisciplinary paths – subdivided in separated modules to offer the possibility to build one’s own personalized path. It is mandatory to acquire 2 CFU within this offer of courses.

The courses will be held in Italian and English

PhD Teaching Board
Antonacci Francesca University of Milano-Bicocca  
Barone Pierangelo University of Milano-Bicocca  
Biffi Elisabetta University of Milano-Bicocca  
Bove Chiara Maria University of Milano-Bicocca  
Datteri Edoardo University of Milano-Bicocca  
Ferri Paolo Maria University of Milano-Bicocca  
Formenti Laura University of Milano-Bicocca  
Grazzani Ilaria University of Milano-Bicocca  
Guerra Monica University of Milano-Bicocca  
Mangiatordi Andrea University of Milano-Bicocca  
Mantovani Fabrizia University of Milano-Bicocca  
Nigris Elisabetta University of Milano-Bicocca  
Ornaghi Veronica Maria University of Milano-Bicocca  
Palmieri Cristina University of Milano-Bicocca  
Pastori Giulia Gabriella Elena University of Milano-Bicocca  
Pepe Alessandro University of Milano-Bicocca  
Pippa Stefano University of Milano-Bicocca  
Riva Maria Grazia University of Milano-Bicocca  
Seveso Gabriella University of Milano-Bicocca  
Tramma Sergio University of Milano-Bicocca  
Ulivieri Stiozzi Ridolfi Stefania University of Milano-Bicocca  
Vergani Mario University of Milano-Bicocca  
Veronese Guido University of Milano-Bicocca  
Zecca Luisa University of Milano-Bicocca  
Zuccoli Franca Giuliana University of Milano-Bicocca  
Anguera Argilaga Maria Teresa Universidad de Barcelona, ESP  
Cefai Carmel University of Malta, MT  
Finnegan Fergal National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), IE  
Fook Janis Leeds Trinity University, UK  
Kagee Ashraf Stellenbosch University, ZA  
Rieffe Carolien Leiden University, NL  
Sahlfeld Wolfgang Supsi Lugano, CH  
Sousa Cindy Bryn Mawr College, USA  
Wandenbroeck Michel University of Gent, BE  
Zannini Lucia Università degli Studi di Milano, ITA  


by Scuola di dottorato, last updated on 18/04/2021