The research interests of the members of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) span across comparative politics, international relations, sociology, and social and political theory. 
We focus on contemporary phenomena, at the national, sub-national and transnational level, mainly but not exclusively in Europe.

We support an eclectic approach to research projects and doctoral theses, often cutting across traditional academic boundaries. A variety of method courses and workshops on data gathering and analysis are available in the first two years—survey, experimental and ethnographic; quantitative and qualitative—while field-work and data collection normally take place in the second and third year.

 

New appointments


Juho Härkonen 150xJuho Härkönen is joining the SPS Department in February 2018 as Professor of Sociology, while on leave from Stockholm University. He took his Ph.D. from the EUI in 2007, and was postdoc at Yale before moving to Stockholm in 2009. He is also visiting professor at the University of Turku. His broad research interests concern the formation of social inequalities over the life course, and he has particularly studied the causes and consequences of divorce, labour market and occupational careers, and health disparities. Many of his studies have been cross-nationally comparative. His work includes articles published, among other outlets, in Demography, European Sociological Review, Population Studies, Social Forces, and Social Science and Medicine. His co-editor (together with Laura Bernardi, Lausanne) of Advances in Life Course Research. He has taught courses on quantitative methods, stratification, population, family, life course, and thesis writing.

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Andrea SangiovanniAndrea Sangiovanni is joining the SPS Department in September 2018 as Chair in Social and Political Theory. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London. He received his BA and PhD from Harvard University. Before joining the Philosophy Department at KCL (in 2007), he was a Randall Dillard Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (2005-2007). His main areas of research are in contemporary moral, legal, and political philosophy. Current research interests include: justice and solidarity in the European Union, freedom of movement and immigration, international justice and the philosophy of international law; human rights and the idea of dignity; the relation between principles and social practices; and moral and social equality. Recent publications include: ‘Solidarity as Joint Action’ (Journal of Applied Philosophy), ’The Irrelevance of Coercion, Imposition and Framing to Distributive Justice’ (Philosophy & Public Affairs) and ‘Solidarity in the European Union’ (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies).

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SPS is proud to reveal the positions earned on the job market by our latest cohorts of researchers who completed their doctorate. Potential applicants take notice!

Page last updated on 15 January 2018