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    The EPOG-DN ben­e­fi­cia­ries (full part­ners) are recruit­ing the doc­tor­al can­di­dates (DCs) and award­ing PhD degrees. For each doc­tor­al can­di­date, a spe­cif­ic path­way has been estab­lished. The con­sor­tium mem­bers (ben­e­fi­cia­ries and asso­ci­at­ed part­ners) have been includ­ed for the com­ple­men­tar­i­ties they bring to DCs’ training:

    • with­in the eco­nom­ics, by cov­er­ing the sociotech­ni­cal tran­si­tion (WP3), the socioe­co­nom­ic tran­si­tion (WP4) and the socioe­co­log­i­cal tran­si­tion (WP5);
    • between dis­ci­plines, impor­tance being giv­en to inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research (involv­ing eco­nom­ic soci­ol­o­gy, envi­ron­men­tal soci­ol­o­gy and geog­ra­phy, soci­ol­o­gy of inno­va­tion, engi­neer­ing in the field of ener­gy, life cycle assess­ment and mate­ri­als and com­put­er sci­ences, and life and earth sciences);
    • between aca­d­e­m­ic and non-aca­d­e­m­ic stake­hold­ers involved in the eco­log­i­cal tran­si­tion (pub­lic gov­ern­ment advi­so­ry insti­tu­tions, gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies, civ­il soci­ety organ­i­sa­tions and a local authority).


    Uni­ver­sité de tech­nolo­gie de Com­piègne (UTC) (France) is the EPOG-DN coor­di­na­tor. It is a found­ing mem­ber of “Alliance Sor­bonne Uni­ver­sité”, which received the French gov­ern­ment excel­lence ini­tia­tive grant (IdEX) in 2018. It is ranked 151–200 by Times High­er Edu­ca­tion (THE) in the 2018 Young Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings (uni­ver­si­ties estab­lished with­in the past 50 years). UTC is also the third best engi­neer­ing school in France accord­ing to “Indus­trie et Tech­nolo­gie” rank­ing and fifth best for “Inter­na­tion­al out­look” (in QS rank­ing). UTC brings its exper­tise on knowl­edge, inno­va­tion and the dig­i­tal tran­si­tion, its strong rela­tions with pri­vate actors and its capac­i­ty to gath­er skills from both acad­e­mia and the world of work and entre­pre­neur­ship. The EPOG-DN pro­pos­al involves aca­d­e­m­ic staff from the COSTECH lab, an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research unit on tech­nol­o­gy and soci­ety, includ­ing an empha­sis on cog­ni­tive cap­i­tal­ism. PhD degrees in eco­nom­ics are pre­pared in the doc­tor­al school “Sci­ences for engi­neers”. UTC also coor­di­nates the EPOG+ Eras­mus Mundus Joint Mas­ter Degree.

    The Uni­ver­sité Paris Cité (UPC) (France) results from the merg­er, on March 20, 2019, of Paris Descartes (Paris 5) and Paris Diderot (Paris 7) Uni­ver­si­ties and the incor­po­ra­tion of the Insti­tut Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP). With a rec­og­nized inter­na­tion­al stand­ing, as well as a strate­gic port­fo­lio of priv­i­leged aca­d­e­m­ic part­ners through­out the world, it offers its stu­dents state-of-the-art, inno­v­a­tive cours­es in the fol­low­ing field: “Arts, Human­i­ties and Lan­guages”, “Human, Eco­nom­ic and Social Sci­ences”, “Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy”, “Med­i­cine, Den­tistry, Phar­ma­cy and Nurs­ing”. PhD degrees in eco­nom­ics and geog­ra­phy are pre­pared in the doc­tor­al school “Econ­o­my and Soci­ety”. For eco­nom­ics and geog­ra­phy research and train­ing pro­grammes, the lab is LADYSS. DCs will also ben­e­fit from the activ­i­ties of the Cen­tre for Earth Pol­i­tics (CPT).

    The Uni­ver­si­ty of Roma 3 (ROMA3) (Italy) is a young, dynam­ic and mod­ern insti­tu­tion, found­ed in 1992. It has grown rapid­ly in num­ber of stu­dents and gained an excel­lent rep­u­ta­tion: it is well ranked in eval­u­a­tions of aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions its teach­ing and research. It is ranked 801‑1000 in QS Glob­al World Rank­ing and the School of Eco­nom­ics is among the top 25% of Ital­ian insti­tu­tions in the RePEc rank­ing. Found­ing prin­ci­ples of ROMA3 are the pro­mo­tion and organ­i­sa­tion of inter­na­tion­al research projects and net­works, high qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion and the dif­fu­sion of knowl­edge with con­stant inter­ac­tion with the local com­mu­ni­ty, envi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion, inter­na­tion­al sol­i­dar­i­ty, gen­der equal­i­ty and the eval­u­a­tion and pro­mo­tion of merit.

    The Uni­ver­si­ty of Pisa (UNIPI) (Italy), found­ed in 1343, is one of the most ancient and pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties in Europe. The UNIP­I’s research group involved in the project belongs to the Eco­nom­ics and Man­age­ment Depart­ment (DEM). DEM has a strong back­ground in the devel­op­ment of qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive mod­els that eval­u­ate the impact of poli­cies both on eco­nom­ic and social aspects. The team mem­bers will ben­e­fit from the col­lab­o­ra­tion with­in the REMARC Lab, which is part of DEM. Its pri­ma­ry goal is to con­duct cut­ting-edge research on respon­si­ble man­age­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and to have an impact on man­agers, pol­i­cy mak­ers and oth­er stake­hold­ers. REMARC lab focus­es on three main areas – i.e. Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness and Human Rights; Com­mu­ni­cat­ing and Prac­tis­ing Cor­po­rate Social Respon­si­bil­i­ty and Soci­etal Tran­si­tion for a Sus­tain­able Econ­o­my – and on a set of small­er relat­ed projects. Through research, REMARC seeks to shape pol­i­cy mak­ers’ think­ing on eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment strate­gies, and work towards trans­for­ma­tions that reduce injus­tice, wealth and inequal­i­ties. REMARC is part of the Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Cen­tres Com­mu­ni­ty, host­ed by the Net­work for Busi­ness Sustainability.

    Aal­borg Uni­ver­sit (AAU) (Den­n­mark) is a world-renowned research uni­ver­si­ty in par­tic­u­lar for its ped­a­gog­i­cal struc­ture based on prob­lem-cen­tred, real-life projects of edu­ca­tion­al and research rel­e­vance – which inter­na­tion­al­ly has become known and recog­nised as The Aal­borg Mod­el (Prob­lem Based Learn­ing, PBL). The depart­ment of Busi­ness and Man­age­ment (DB&M) offers cours­es in a wide range of areas includ­ing Eco­nom­ics and Eco­nom­ic Pol­i­cy, Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, Inno­va­tion stud­ies, Social Data Sci­ence. Grad­u­ates from the depart­ment find jobs in pri­vate indus­try, aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions and research bod­ies. As a part of the trans­for­ma­tion into a mis­sion-dri­ven uni­ver­si­ty, sus­tain­abil­i­ty is high­light­ed as one of the key focus areas, which can be seen from the fact, that Aal­borg Uni­ver­si­ty in 2022 is ranked in the Times High­er Edu­ca­tion Impact Rank­ings as num­ber two in EU in terms of the over­all work on the SDGs.

    Roskilde Uni­ver­si­ty (RUC) (Den­mark) was found­ed in 1972 with the objec­tive of con­duct­ing research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion at the high­est lev­el in the fields of tech­ni­cal sci­ence, nat­ur­al sci­ence, social sci­ences and human­i­ties. The research is based on the three research direc­tions that add val­ue to each oth­er, curios­i­ty-dri­ven, chal­lenge-dri­ven and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry. RUC has four depart­ments cov­er­ing both Social Sci­ences, Nat­ur­al Sci­ences and the Human­i­ties as well as cen­tral uni­ver­si­ty ser­vices and a uni­ver­si­ty library. The EPOG Doc­tor­al Net­work will be host­ed in  the Depart­ment of Social Sci­ences and Busi­ness (DSSB), which is a cross-dis­ci­pli­nary depart­ment hous­ing research on soci­etal changes, busi­ness eco­nom­ics and the impact of such devel­op­ments on dif­fer­ent soci­eties around the world. As such, it aims at gen­er­at­ing nov­el sci­en­tif­ic insights into the on-going soci­etal changes, con­fronta­tions and con­flicts. As its teach­ing is close­ly relat­ed to our research activ­i­ties, it attach­es high impor­tance to method­olog­i­cal skills char­ac­ter­ized by its mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary nature.

    Uni­ver­si­tat Autòno­ma de Barcelona (UAB), locat­ed in Bel­later­ra, near Barcelona, is one of the major pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties in Spain. It has been found­ed in 1968. In the 2022 edi­tion of the Times High­er Edu­ca­tion World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings, the UAB placed sec­ond among Span­ish uni­ver­si­ties, 170th in the world rank­ing and 75th with­in Europe. UAB pro­motes new busi­ness projects, focus­es on activ­i­ties asso­ci­at­ed with local socio-eco­nom­ic needs, and dis­sem­i­nates new­ly acquired knowl­edge to col­lab­o­rate in the social and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment of the ter­ri­to­ry. The UAB’s research cov­ers extreme­ly var­ied areas of knowl­edge into a sin­gle cam­pus, which helps to pro­mote mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary research. UAB is the hub of UAB Sphere, a knowl­edge ecosys­tem that includes research cen­tres, most of them sit­u­at­ed on the UAB’s cam­pus. UAB Sphere also inte­grates local busi­ness­es, author­i­ties, and the largest hos­pi­tal net­work in Catalonia. 

    The Uni­ver­si­ty of Gene­va (UNIGE) (Switzer­land) is one of lead­ing Swiss insti­tu­tions of high­er edu­ca­tion, found­ed in 1559. It is dis­tin­guished by its intel­lec­tu­al her­itage, its human­ist tra­di­tion as well as its com­mit­ment to inter- and mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary research and teach­ing. The university’s fac­ul­ty of social sci­ences is com­mit­ted to explor­ing the chal­lenges of con­tem­po­rary soci­eties: eco­nom­ic and cul­tur­al glob­al­iza­tion; shift­ing polit­i­cal and social iden­ti­ties; indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty, social and spa­tial inequal­i­ty. This fac­ul­ty pro­motes social com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able and equi­table devel­op­ment, reduced social inequal­i­ty – par­tic­u­lar­ly with regard to gen­der – and insti­tu­tions and polit­i­cal sys­tems that are more par­tic­i­pa­to­ry and respect­ful of jus­tice and diver­si­ty. With­in that fac­ul­ty, the Depart­ment of His­to­ry, Eco­nom­ics, and Soci­ety is engaged in research and teach­ing that offers a plu­ral­is­tic view of the econ­o­my, using con­cepts and meth­ods from eco­nom­ics and oth­er social sci­ences, as well as from his­to­ry, to under­stand how economies are embed­ded in the broad­er struc­tures and dynam­ics of human soci­eties. The depart­ment is regard­ed as a cen­tre of excel­lence for the study of the polit­i­cal econ­o­my of cap­i­tal­ism. UNIGE will bring to the EPOG-DN project its exper­tise in the field of his­to­ry of eco­nom­ic thought, eco­nom­ic his­to­ry, the­o­ries of cap­i­tal­ism and the­o­ries of the dig­i­tal transition.

    The pro­gramme has received the sup­port of the “Hauts-de-France” region.

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