Interdisciplinary research projects

In addition to individual research activities, members of the School of International. Thanks to the support of the Autonomous Province of Trento, the School has undertaken and funded various interdisciplinary research projects which fall within the more general topic of interest “Institutional change, economic growth and social development”.

Leading team: Luigi Bonatti, Andrea Fracasso e Paolo Rosa
Post-doc Fellow: Peng Bin

Leading team: Antonino Alì, Giorgio Guido Fodor, Marco Pertile
Post-doc Fellow: Chiara Sisler

Leading team: Luisa Antoniolli, Matteo Borzaga, Gustavo Corni, Giorgio Guido Fodor, Sara Lorenzini, Carlo Ruzza, Jens Woelk
Post-doc Fellow: Umberto Tulli

Research team: Andrea Fracasso, Marco Pertile, Stefano Schiavo

Post-doc Fellows: Paolo Turrini, Martina Sartori

  • Anti-establishment voting and economic integration

The aim of the project is to examine empirically the potential link between the rise of anti-establishment parties and the increase in economic integration, with both European and non-European countries. It will study if anti-establishment parties have obtained relatively more votes across national Parliamentary elections in Italy and other European countries with available data within those regions most affected by economic integration and the recent crisis.

Research team: Mauro Caselli, Andrea Fracasso, Carlo Ruzza, Stefano Schiavo
Post-doc Fellow: Silvio Traverso

  • The EU Trade Policy in Civil Wars and Other Cases of Contested Sovereignty: An International Law Perspective

Cases of contested sovereignty touch upon the cardinal principle on which statehood and the functioning of the international community are based: that one and only governmental authority represents at the international level human groups located in a given state territory.   The real or perceived unlawfulness of some territorial situations might put into question the legality/legitimacy of entertaining economic relations with entities responsible for the conduct that brought about the situation itself. 
Against this complex backdrop, the project aims at investigating the process of formation of the EU trade policy in cases of contested sovereignty from an inductive  perspective, i.e. based on a scrutiny of the practice of the relevant actors, and at assessing the consistency of the  EU trade policy in light of the rules of international and EU law.

Research team: Marco Pertile,  Antonino Alì, Andrea Fracasso
Post-doc Fellow: Vito Todeschini

Externally funded research projects

Team leader: Stefano Schiavo
Research team: Andrea Fracasso, Marco Pertile, Martina Sartori, Stefano Schiavo, Paolo Turrini

This is a multidisciplinary project that studies the main drivers and consequences of international virtual water flows. Virtual water is the water virtually embodied in all commodities, so that the exchange of goods represents a way to transfer water from water-rich countries to water-scarce ones, and therefore can enhance water efficiency at a global level. The research activity carried out at the SIS aims at identifying the main economic and legal determinants of virtual water flows, and their impact on global water efficiency.

  • The INTL-UNI Project: The Challenges of the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space in the International University (funded by EU Commission)

Team leader: Catherine Riley

In the process of internationalisation, universities are faced with new challenges and opportunities for maintaining and improving the quality of their programmes. Students and lecturers alike form much more heterogeneous groups than ever before, speaking a wide spectrum of languages and representing a wide spectrum of cultural backgrounds in what may be termed the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space (M&MLS). This three-year EU funded project aims to identify ways of addressing these challenges and making the most of the opportunities to eventually produce a series of quality criteria for international programmes.

  • Differences, migration, integration: education to citizenship in the age of legal pluralism (funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Trento e Rovereto - Caritro)

Post-Doc Fellow: Serena Tomasi

The project is carried out with the synergic contributions of the Faculty of Law (Centro di Ricerche sulla Metodologia Giuridica, CERMEG, of the University of Trenti), local Istituti Scolastici Comprensivi and Centro Intercultura della P.A.T.
The research focus on the working out of an original model of argumentation & education in the context of the current law and values’ pluralism. The aim is to enhance intercultural dialogue and stimulate - since the first cycle of tuition - those skills required to get acknowledged with European and transnational sources of law, as well as being able to play an active citizenship, suited to the needs of the local school scenario.
In addition, the project aims at developing a tool fostering key competences in the European context of the qualifications for life-long learning, related to self-fulfilment, active citizenship and social cohesion. The use of fundamental argumentation techniques will enable first cycle students to learn concepts and sources of law (local, national, European and international) and, above all, develop cognitive skills in data analysis (legal, political, social) in the evaluation of controversial situations, in clear and proper presentation of individual requests, in reducing aggressive attitudes. The project also includes meta-didactic exercise in class.

  • The SPEAQ Project: Sharing Practice in Enhancing and Assuring Quality (funded by EU Commission)

Team leader: Catherine Riley

The general aim of this two-year EU funded project is to connect the three key quality stakeholders: teacher, student and quality manager in order to share and enhance quality assurance practice in higher education and ultimately foster a quality culture. At a local level the project focused on a student-driven project to enhance the educational experience of international students, and as a consequence also national students by enhancing information an communication channels at all levels and between all stakeholders.

Research fellowship in memory of the late prof. Ferdinando Targetti  (funded by Fondazione Banca Intesa San Paolo)

Tutoring Professor: Stefano Schiavo
Post-doc Fellow: Shamnaaz Begum Sufrauj

The project aims at investigating the growing interdependency of social and economic relationships among world countries using a network approach. It proposes a simple stochastic model of network formation and evolution, to describe the structure and dynamic properties of international trade, and uses it as a benchmark against which to test the performance of each country.

PhD research

The PhD Programme in International Studies has the mission of training doctoral students to be capable of competing internationally for prestigious positions in academia and international organizations. 
The PhD educational objectives include:

  • understanding the theoretical approaches upon which the disciplines at the core of International Studies (Economics, Law and Political Science) are founded;
  • the ability to apply analytical and empirical research methods in the key disciplines;
  • familiarity with the necessary tools for submitting research projects to scientific commissions (including non-university commissions), for presenting research results in public and for submitting articles and reviews to national and international scientific journals.

As a result, the development of an interdisciplinary education lies at the heart of the PhD programme. Comprehension of the theoretical approaches and knowledge of empirical methods are tightly integrated into the course and theoretical propositions are verified empirically in order to encourage the student to develop a capacity for critical thought on changes in the international system. The programme includes compulsory courses in the first year, written and oral tests.
Scientific areas:
International Economic Policy, European Policy, Economic and Monetary Integration, International Law, International and EU Labour Law, International Trade and Economic Development, European Union Law, Comparative studies of Law, International Criminal Law, Transnational Crime, European Union Public Policy, Comparative Public Policy, Multilevel Governance, Peace-building and Conflict Resolution.
The programme lasts for three years and is open to citizens of any country who have achieved a qualification in disciplines related to international studies.