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Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Program

The Doctoral program in “System Dynamics”  consists of:

1) PhD in Model Based Public Planning, Policy Design and Management (this curriculum is run in English).

2) PhD in Dinamica dei sistemi giuridico-sociali (this curriculum is run in Italian)

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The doctoral program in “Model Based Public Planning, Policy Design and Management” is focused on applying System Dynamics modeling to foster a learning-oriented approach in public sector performance management, for the design and implementation of sustainable policies.

The program is run in English.

By attending the program, students will learn how system dynamics modeling and simulation can support collaborative governance, to manage ‘wicked’ social issues and to pursue sustainable community outcomes.

The program has a focus on Dynamic Performance Management.

BIANCHI CARMINE (PhD Coordinator)

BELLAVISTA ALESSANDRO

MIRANDA ANTONELLO

SERIO MARIO

ASSO FRANCESCO

VISCONTI COSTANTINO

SANTORO LAURA

FIORITO LUCA

BIVONA ENZO

MONTELEONE CARLA

GIURINTANO CLAUDIA

PALUMBO ANTONIO

CASABONA SALVATORE

PERA ALESSANDRA

AZZOLINA LAURA

SCICHILONE GIORGIO

NICOLOSI MARINA

PERRONE ANTONIO

PENNISI GIULIA

GARILLI CHIARA

GIAIMO GIUSEPPE

COSTA MASSIMO

TOMASELLI SALVATORE

CINCIMINO SALVATORE

COSENZ FEDERICO

VANNI DI SAN VINCENZO DOMITILLA

PARISI FRANCESCO

MARCATAJO GABRIELLA

PARLATO MARIA CONCETTA

CERESIA FRANCESCO

MAGGIO PAOLA

ARMAO GAETANO

CALA VITERY Favio

DAVIDSEN Pal

DE CORSO Giuseppe

DYNER REZONZEW Isaac

KOPAINSKY Birgit

MOXNES Erling

PENA BORRERO MARGARITA

PINEDA SERNA Leonardo

TENJO JAIME

WHEAT David

PhD students (XXIX cycle) – A.Y. 2013/2014

Yin Jien Lee (yinjienlee@gmail.com)

Eduard Romanenko (eduardromanenko@gmail.com)

PhD students course XXX – A.Y. 2014/2015

Hugo Herrera (hugojhdl@gmail.com)

Olga Tolmachova  (olya.tol@gmail.com)

Andrea Casimo (andreacasimo@hotmail.it)

PhD students course XXX – A.Y. 2015/2016

Giovanni Scire’ (gioscire01@unipa.it)

Cuccia Andrea (andrea.cuccia@unipa.it)

Course XXII – A.Y. 2007/2008

Federico Cosenz (federico.cosenz@unipa.it)

Calogero Ubaldo Marino (calomarino@tiscali.it)

Eleonora Platania (eleonora.platania@alice.it)

Course XXIII – A.Y. 2008/2009
Alberti Mario Antonio (marioalberti@katamail.com)

Subroto Athor (athor.subroto@ui.edu – athorsu@yahoo.com)

Course XXIV – A.Y. 2010/2011
Lidia Noto (lidianoto219@gmail.com)

Pietro Sorci (pietro.sorci@libero.it)

Federico Papa (federico_papa@hotmail.com)

XXV cycle – A.Y. 2011/2012
Hesan Reza

Luca Mellina

XXVI cycle – A.Y. 2012/2013

Guido Noto guidonot@gmail.com

Marinkovic Milica
XXIX cycle – A.Y. 2013/2014

Nadia Cimò

Angelo Guerrera (angeloguerrera@libero.it)

Vincenzo Vignieri (vincenzo.vignieri@unipa.it)

Omar Chique

Evelyn Yvonne Tembo

Marialuisa Di Marco

Q. Are international students invited to apply?

A. Yes, of course. The programme is taught in English.

Q. How many PhD positions are available this year?

A. This year, a total of 12 PhD candidates will be admitted into the PhD programme.

Three will receive a scholarship from the University of Palermo.

Q. How and when can I apply to the PhD programme?

A. For the current academic year, the call is now available.

Q. How is the exam organised? And, which knowledge is required to be adminitted into the PhD programme?

A. In order to be admitted to our PhD programme, candidates must pass an exam, that will be carried out in two consecutive days.

In the first day, candidates will be asked to explain (in a written document) the logical framework underlying a scientific paper that will be distributed. The paper will concern Public Sector Management/Policy issues.
The main goal of the test is to understand the level of research aptitudes of each applicant. Of course, such an assessment is also related to the aptitude that each applicant shows in applying her/his esearch aptitudes to the Public Sector Research domain. Therefore, no prior System Dynamics knowledge is required to an applicant to be admitted to the programme. Previous knowledge/experience in Public Management Policy fields can be an advantage for the applicant, but is NOT a prerequisite too.

In the second day, candidates will discuss in an interview with the committee their own written test. They will be also asked about their past studies and knowledge, as well as their own interest into the programme. The goal of the interview is NOT primarily to assess the level of knowledge in Public Administration/Policy or in System Dynamics. It is again to understand the research aptitudes, motivations and the background of the applicant, in relation to the PhD programme.

Questions you are likely to be asked is why you want to do a PhD in general, and this PhD in particular. You should think about the answers to these questions before you go to the interview. Many people apply for PhD’s because they couldn’t think of anything else to do. A good supervisor will try to avoid these people.
Finally, remember to find out as much as you can while you’re there. Try to speak to PhD students working in your potential new Department and see if you like the atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to ask the PhD students about the quality of supervision. Three years is a long time to be stuck with a bad supervisor or to work in an unfriendly environment.

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