SSI: un Centro multidisciplinare che studia le sfide legate ai processi della globalizzazione e dell’integrazione europea

La Scuola di Studi Internazionali promuove e organizza numerose attività di ricerca nell’ambito degli Studi Europei e Internazionali, in particolare in relazione alle sfide associate ai processi di globalizzazione e di integrazione europea. Tali attività si caratterizzano per un approccio multidisciplinare e interdisciplinare che consente, a differenza di un approccio mono-disciplinare, di comprendere i rapidi cambiamenti sociali, politici, economici e istituzionali che hanno luogo in Europa e nel resto del mondo.

Progetti di ricerca in corso

La Scuola ha sostenuto la realizzazione di una serie di progetti d ricerca finanziati sia internamente sia esternamente, valorizzando l’attività scientifica un gruppo di giovani ricercatori, qualificati e dinamici. I docenti lavorano su una serie di progetti di ricerca che coinvolgono colleghi di altri Dipartimenti dell'Università di Trento e studiosi e istituzioni esterne. Un elenco dei progetti di ricerca in corso è disponibile alla pagina dedicata.

Tematiche principali di ricerca

Le attività di ricerca della SSI ruotano intorno a quattro macro-aree tematiche:


The environment research cluster brings together researchers and professors across the many disciplines that find a home at the School of International Studies. Core themes related to environmental research currently covered in the cluster include access to resources; the role of science, scientists and future imaginaries; links between environment and human rights; environmental governance from the local to the global level; and links between environment and conflicts, security and securitisation. All of these themes are approached by colleagues with expertise in different disciplines, ranging from environmental economics to international law, and from sociology to political geography. The themes approached in the environment research cluster are far from static - colleagues are at the forefront of emerging questions in this crucial field, seeking to provide answers about how best to manage different aspects of environmental problems, and bringing the latest insights to their teaching on Masters degrees offered at the School.


The research cluster on Europe brings together scholars interested in European integration processes, covering its philosophical, political, legal, sociological, economic, and historical determinants. Studies of the cluster focus not only on the European institutions and their interrelations, but also on their impact on the national systems and societies of European States, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The scope of the research pursued by the members of the cluster is wide, covering issues such as the transformation of the European democracy in relation to multiple recent crises, centre-periphery institutional relations and the role of populist parties in the European Parliament, environmental participatory democracy, intra-European trade and the impact of technological change on job markets, attitudinal dynamics in member states and economic variables, inequality and anti-discrimination policies, rule of law, market regulation and protection of fundamental rights, regionalism and federalism in the EU. The general approach of all this research is to map the evolution of the European integration process, analyzing some of the most relevant current trends in relation not only to the previous situation, but also with regard to the possible future developments of the European Union, an issue that is widely debated in order to respond to the existential challenges that Europe faces in relation to the world crises, which have a multiple and synergic nature. The research activities are connected to the teaching activities of the School of International Studies, both in the Ph.D and in the Master's programmes. Moreover, they are often pursued in cooperation with other Departments of the University of Trento, as well with other Italian and foreign universities and research centres.

Human Rights

The debate and the evolution of thought on the definition of fundamental human rights dates back to centuries of political history of the world in the East and in the West. Just think of the so-called Cylinder of human rights of Cyrus the Great (VI B.C.) in which the first seeds of freedom of thought and the abolition of slavery are sown or the Magna Carta of 1215 in which new rights were given to people, subjecting the sovereign to the law. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be considered a major milestone achieved during the 19th century. However, there are numerous contexts in which human rights are regularly violated. A rather heated scientific debate is going on the definition of fundamental human rights: some hold theses concerning the relativity of human rights while others argue that there are some fundamental inalienable rights. Furthermore, the protection of the rights of majorities can often risk not sufficiently considering the protection of the rights of minorities. This cluster aims to be a place for analysis and reflection on various issues relating to human rights in the world in order to contribute to the enrichment of scientific research and the dissemination of issues concerning the violation or protection of fundamental human rights in various international contexts.

International Security

According to conventional and traditional definitions, security studies pertain to the phenomenon of war: their matters of investigation are the threat, use and control of military force. Post-Cold-War calls for broadening and widening the conceptualisation of security responded to the need of unpacking security challenges and policies by shifting from security-as-an-object to security-as-a-process as well as encouraging expertise cross-fertilisation. Along similar veins, the research cluster "International Security" aims at crossing disciplinary and area boundaries and benefits from SIS' signature feature, that is, inter- and trans-disciplinarity as the key to understand contemporary complexities of conflict and cooperation patterns. Inspired by a research vocation, our cluster aims at feeding and in turn being fed by the teaching activities especially charactering two of Master's Degrees hosted by the SIS and particularly anchored to the study of security at the global, international and transnational level: that is, the Master's Degree in International Security Studies, and the International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies.

Le pubblicazioni più recenti dei membri afferenti alla SSI sono disponibili alla pagina dedicata.

Network di partner

Al fine di promuovere l’attività di ricerca e la diffusione dei risultati, la Scuola ha instaurato rapporti di collaborazione con una serie di centri di ricerca e think tanks nazionali e internazionali, oltre che con i Dipartimenti e le Facoltà dell’Università di Trento, e ha attivato speciali programmi di incontro e ospitalità di studiosi nazionali e internazionali.


Durante l’anno accademico la Scuola organizza una serie di eventi tra cui un ciclo di seminari settimanali sui temi degli studi europei e internazionali (inclusa la sicurezza internazionale), e promuove conferenze e workshop di ricerca. Partecipa alla realizzazione di eventi di disseminazione e alla promozione della ricerca con altri enti locali, nazionali e internazionali