9 PhD positions available in various domains within the MSCA COFUND CLOE Doctoral Programme

CLOE Doctoral Programme training is focused on multidisciplinary approaches to mountain and rural sustainable development and conservation starting from historical, environmental and legal perspectives. The project aims to train 15 PhD students from different countries also thanks to the collaboration of institution and organisations of the Liguria Region and excellent European research centres. In 2022, 9 fellowships will be offered to Early Stage Researchers in order to embark the on CLOE Doctoral Programme. 

CLOE supervisors develop their research in rural and mountain areas carrying out important European projects about: historical process of mountain marginalisation, living rural heritage, biodiversity and natural heritage conservations, measures to mitigate climate change and environmental risks, territorial justice, democracy in marginal areas. The objectives is to answer to one of the most important objectives of national and regional innovation strategies: address the problem of the abandonment of in-lands areas, promoting new approaches to locally-based, socially fair and sustainable development and thus contributing to better respond to the needs of rural areas in term of land management and territorial justice.

As detailed in the call for applications, the candidate has to present the complete Curriculum Vitae and a research project. The candidate has to choose one of the two proposed themes about each position for the preparation of the research project, as summarised below:

Watch the short videos introducing the 9 positions open in 2022 call for applications and meet and the supervisors:

Rural and environmental history and archaeology PhD course in: History, History of Art and Archaeology - Curriculum: Archaeology (2 positions): Contact e- mail: Prof. Anna Maria Stagno: anna.stagno@unige.it


  • Research Theme 1: Rural archaeology and history: space, environmental resources and access rights;
  • Research Theme 2: Rural heritage and landscapes definition, construction and conservation;
  • Research Theme 3: Historical practices and new models of sustainable conservation and development;
  • Research Theme 4: Landscape of practices and landscape for rights and the changes in institutional definitions.

Sciences and Technologies for Electrical Engineering and Complex Systems for Mobility - Curriculum: Electrical Engineering: Contact e-mail: Prof. Renato Procopio: renato.procopio@unige.it


  • Research Theme 1: Microgrid installation in rural environments to cope with electrical energy infrastructures' maintenance problems, due to depopulation and increased with pandemics emergency. Reconfiguration of energy provision grids to reduce their impact on cultural and natural heritage and minimize ground exploitation.

Science and Technology for the Environment and Territory - Curriculum: Earth Sciences: Contact e-mail: Prof. Ivano Rellini: ivano.rellini@unige.it


  • Research Theme 1: Evaluation of geomorphological hazards and related risks in the Ligurian Apennines with particular emphasis on extreme events and abandonment processes;
  • Research Theme 2: Assessment of soil landscape sensitivity in relation to land use changes in Ligurian region (NW, Italy) over the last two centuries.

Landscape design and spatial planning PhD course in: Architecture and Design - Curriculum: Architecture: Contact e-mail: Prof. Roberto Bobbio: roberto.bobbio@unige.it


  • Research Theme 1: Neo-settlement in the Mediterranean uplands: towards the formation of new landscapes;
  • Research Theme 2: New inhabitants and communities in the Mediterranean uplands: demand for governance and spatial planning.

Mathematics and applications - Curriculum: Mathematical methods for data analysis: Contact e-mail: Prof. Eva Riccomagno: riccomag@dima.unige.it


  • Research Theme 1: Coherent Inference for graphical models with applications to risk assessment of rare events;
  • Research Theme 2: Causal discovery with chain event graphs in the presence of asymmetric independencies in a dynamic setting.

Social Sciences - Curriculum: Political Sciences: Contact e-mail: Prof. Arianna Pitino: arianna.pitino@unige.it


  • Research Theme 1: Local authorities’ organization, protection of rights and services’ delivery in rural and mountain areas;
  • Research Theme 2: Historical minorities and new minorities’ (EU and non EU migrants) protection and empowerment (also from a gender perspective) in rural and mountain areas.

History, History of Art and Archaeology - Curriculum: History of Art: Contact e-mail: Prof. Paola Valenti: paola.valenti@unige.it


  • Research Theme 1: Retracing and mapping the presence of major artists and architects of the XX century in the Ligurian hinterland;
  • Research Theme 2: Designing and developing strategies to connect cultural memories and the sustainable enhancement of the mountain and rural areas surrounding the region.

Philosophy of law PhD Course Philosophy of Law and History of Legal Culture: Contact e-mail: Prof. Isa Fanlo: isa.fanlo@unige.it


  • Research Theme 1: Alternatives to private property in the history of legal culture;
  • Research Theme 2: Legal history and sociology of private, public and common property.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates can be of any nationality and age, provided that they respect all the following eligibility rules:

  • hold a degree that would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in Italy;
  • be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs), i.e. at the recruitment date be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  • respect the MSCA “mobility rule”, i.e. not have resided or carried out their main activity in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately preceding the recruitment date (compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent under a procedure to obtain refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account for the calculation);
  • fit in with the research areas of the call for applications with their research proposals


PhD students will be recruited under a 36 months Research Fellowship (Assegno di Ricerca – AdR, art. 22 L. 30/12/2010, n. 240) which will comprise:

  • a living allowance, corresponding to the gross salary (employer/employee) paid in monthly instalments to fellows, inclusive of all social security coverage, contribution to pension funds (gestione separata INPS) and unemployment indemnity;

  • a mobility allowance for fellows’ expenses linked to their mobility (i.e. relocation, family and travel expenses);

The monthly gross salary, including living and mobility allowance, will be of 2.196,16 euro.

An insurance coverage is foreseen, according to Italian law provisions. The contract (AdR) will specify rights and obligations of the ESR and the arrangements relating to confidentiality and intellectual property rights. Moreover, each CLOE fellowship will include a contribution to costs needed to carry out research projects (e.g. consumables, contribution to travel expenses for secondments, short visits and conferences participation, publications, consumables and visas, if needed). The human resources policies of UniGe are guided by the general principles and requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Researchers will be provided with an adequate working space, taking into account personal specific needs or disabilities. UniGe has an Equal Opportunities Committee and a Guarantee Committee for equal opportunities, the enhancement of the well-being of workers and against discrimination in order to guarantee a workplace free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and fair practices and behaviour at work.

Selection Process


Application Deadline:  30 June 2022, 12 noon (Italian time)