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PhD Programme in Cultural and Environmental Heritage - Academic Year 2020/2021 - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

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    ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/05/2020 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Bologna
    H2020 / ERC


The substantive goal of the PhD in Cultural and Environmental Heritage is to bridge the many different perspectives involved in the study of cultural and environmental processes under one, cross-disciplinary perspective, favouring a new approach that focuses on transversal research questions rather than on issues limited to an individual discipline.

To date, the study of Cultural and Environmental Heritage has privileged mono-disciplinary perspectives that could achieve excellent levels of speacialisation. Fully integrated, multi-disciplinary approaches entailing a close collaboration between humanities, biological sciences, social sciences, and law – such as the one proposed in the present programme – are still severely underrepresented. This transversal research will be conducted into shared structures and laboratories, and will aim to train Doctors of Philosophy who are highly specialised and yet able to participate to multidisciplinary research teams.

Phd Scholarship financed and co-financed by fund ERC consolidator project n. G.A 772544 and H2020FlexJET n. 792216

Main research fields:

Curriculum 1: Cultural and environmental heritage: memory, protection, rights

- Cultural heritage: Historic, social, economic, and cultural processes in European, Mediterranean, and Western Asian contexts; public history; conservation of ethno-cultural heritage and management of cultural resources in endangered areas.

- Environment, objects, and rights; diagnostic analysis of monumental and portable artefacts of historical interest; musealisation through digital and virtual modelling; promoting the appreciacion and use of bio-environmental goods as common goods; legal and regulatory consequences.

- Environment and landscape, cities and architecture; tools for the analysis and conservation of the environment, biological and anthropological heritage, archaeology, urban settings, industrial archaeology, consolidation and restoration of historical architecture; the historical relationship between urban areas and their territories, sustainable development of tourism, fruition of historic towns.

- Governance and management of common goods; risk assessment and risk management, efficient use of resources, definition and quantification of ecosystemic service value, assessment of natural resource consumption and of production of solid, liquid, and gaseouse waste.

Curriculum 2: Science and Technologies for Cultural Heritage

Production techniques, material characterization, state of conservation. Development of: advanced analytical protocols (spectroscopy, immune chemistry, DFT, chemometrics), micro and non-invasive diagnostic methods, intervention methods on humidity phenomena of historical buildings, interaction with pollutants, tomographic systems (digital radiography, X-Ray computer tomography, software for real-time tomography and 3D rendering.

Development of innovative restoration materials and methods. Design, development, testing and performance evaluation of innovative materials (nanomaterials, polymers, biopolymers, composite materials) and methods for the consolidation, cleaning and protection of both movable and immovable cultural heritage.

Survey, monitoring and representation technologies: definition of protocols and standards for the production of 3D contents aimed at monitoring cultural heritage, methods and protocols for the production of 3D models with semantic structure to be applied to cognitive systems, design of web-based application for the archiving and use of technical-scientific data related to conservation and restoration projects, production contents and design of augmented reality systems, efficient workflows, survey and monitoring multiscale integrated techniques integrated by topographic, photogrammetric, laser scanner and special positioning, UAV survey for data management, acquisition with multispectral sensors and scanners, GIS applications, 3D models (development of new procedures for the collection and optimal elaboration, ICT methodologies and techniques for the creation, analysis and representation (virtual reality and augmented/mixed reality) and multi sensorial interaction by means of digital data.

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The yearly gross amount of the scholarships is € 15.343,28. Social-security contributions are deducted monthly from the gross scholarship by the University on behalf of the PhD candidates. Scholarships are paid to PhD candidates on a monthly basis, in arrears (payment is completed not earlier than the 25th day of the month).

Eligibility criteria

Please, see the Call for applications

Selection process

Qualifications and research project evaluation

Oral examination

More information in the PhD Programme Table

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Offer Requirements

    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


Regardless of age and citizenship, applicants holding the following academic qualifications can apply for admission:

a. Laurea specialistica or Laurea magistrale (second cycle master’s degrees);

b. Laurea Vecchio Ordinamento (degree obtained under the previous Italian regulations);

c. Degree granted by AFAM (Advanced Artistic and Musical Training) institutions;

d. Second cycle degrees obtained abroad, recognised as equivalent to those covered by letters a), b) and c) of the present paragraph.

Undergraduate applicants may apply on condition to obtain the necessary academic qualification to be admitted to the PhD programme by the PhD programme starting date.

Specific Requirements

- Abstract of the second cycle master’s degree thesis.

- No more than 2 reference letters

- Multi-annual research project, with special emphasis on the activities to be completed during the first-year course

- List of the publications (monographs, articles published on scientific journals).

- List of the abstracts and posters presented during national and international conferences, etc.

- Professional Master courses completed in Italy (1st or 2nd level) relevant to the PhD Programme.

- Postgraduate vocational training programmes/specialisation programmes relevant to the PhD Programme.

- Thesis defended within the framework of Specialization Schools.

- Teaching activity carried out at university level.

- Research activity of any kind - whether basic, applied, translational, etc. - carried out in any capacity, including when covered by research grants, and as a staff member of research projects.

- Vocational internships

- Curricular and non-curricular training and guidance internships

- Documents attesting the knowledge of foreign languages

- Study periods completed by students outside their countries of origin (e.g. Erasmus programme or other similar mobility programmes)

- Other qualifications attesting the suitability of the applicants (scholarships, prizes, etc)


Please, see the Call for applications. More information in the PhD Programme Table.


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