URBEUR – Urban Studies

The international Doctoral Programme URBEUR is networked with a number of outstanding European Universities: University of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Delft, Lièges, London, Leuven, Oulu, Paris, Wien. It offers scholars, researchers and professionals a programme of study designed to deliver a broad and thorough grounding in the field, along with the skills to develop specific areas of expertise. It provides for the development of methodological skills for qualitative work as well as for quantitative analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the acquisition of interdisciplinary competences thorough knowledge of comparative approaches. 

The programme trains highs-level researchers and experts for careers in universities and other research institutions, as well as in international and national institutions and organizations. More than 50% of our Ph.D. graduates hold an academic position in Italy or abroad, where they are able to carry out research projects, usually along with teaching responsibilities. 

Thanks to its interdisciplinary and international structure, URBEUR has been recognized by the Ministry of University and Research as an Innovative Doctoral Programme. In line with the strategies identified by the National Research Plan 2015-2020, starting this year it offers two PhD scholarships with executive path (so-called Innovative-Intersectorial Ph.D Programme) through two agreements with two social enterprises that provide double supervision and joint definition of research programs on the topics of urban regeneration and social housing.

Contacts

Director: Prof.ssa Lavinia Bifulco

Deputy Director: Prof. Matteo Colleoni

Organizational secretary: Dr. Sara Zizzari, sara.zizzari@unimib.it

Website: https://urbeurblog.wordpress.com/

Objectives and research areas

The Programme offers scholars, researchers and professionals a programme of study designed to deliver a broad and thorough grounding in the field, along with the skills to develop specific areas of expertise. The Programme provides for the development of methodological skills for qualitative as work, as well as those necessary for quantitative analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the acquisition of interdisciplinary competences, thorough knowledge of comparative approaches, and the language skills necessary to work at a professional level in a global environment.

Teaching activities

In the first year, intensive teaching classes and seminars are designed to provide:

  • in-depth knowledge of the social sciences, focusing in particular on new theoretical and research directions in urban sociology, the transformations of local and national welfare systems, globalisation processes and their impact on cities, the new inequalities, urban segregation, and urban policies in general; impact of new technologies, social innovation and networks; environment, space and society.
  • advanced quantitative and qualitative methodological skills, suitable for conducting territorial comparative research;
  • acquisition of language skills necessary to perform at a professional level in a global environment.
     

Instruction is in English and encompasses methodological and thematic modules.

Methodological modules:

  • Social research design
  • Quantitative methods for the social sciences
  • Ethnographic field-work and qualitative research methods
     

Thematic modules:

  • Global cities and urban transformation models
  • Social change, crisis and local systems: theoretical and methodological issues
  • Networks, social capital and territorial development
  • Urban and regional economics
  • Mobility policy and projects
     

Co-tutorships and joint degrees with partner universities as well as long term research stays at European universities are encouraged.

Tuition fees are very low and scholarships are adequate to cover living expenses in Milan. Scholarships are increased by 50% for authorised research time spent abroad.

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by Scuola di dottorato, last updated on 17/05/2020