PhD in Regional Science and Economic Geography


Program Description

The GSSI – Gran Sasso Science Institute, based in L’Aquila (Italy), offers 30 PhD scholarships in the following fields:

  • “Astroparticle Physics” (8 scholarships) 
  • “Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences” (8 scholarships)
  • “Computer Science” (7 scholarships)
  • “Regional Science and Economic Geography” (7 scholarships)

The official language of the PhD programmes is English. The fellowships are awarded for 4 years and their yearly amount is € 16,159.91 gross. All PhD students have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities and use of the canteen.

The application must be submitted through the online form available at by 11 June 2020, 5 pm (Italian time zone).

For more information, please consult the Call for Applications at or write an email to

Program Highlights

Regional Science and Economic Geography (7 scholarships)
The aim of the PhD in Regional Science and Economic Geography is to address issues related to territorial development, with particular reference to internal and peripheral areas and intermediate cities, focusing on the role of human, cultural and environmental capital in the trajectories of development and growth. The methodological perspective in research and teaching is multidisciplinary in nature, with a combination of approaches relating to the economy of the territory, regional sciences, economic and human geography.


Alessandro Coppola (Polytechnic of MIlan, Italy), Roberto Basile (University of L'Aquila, Italy), Bianca Biagi (University of Sassari, Italy), Andrea Brighenti (University of Trento, Italy), Francesco Chiodelli (GSSI of L'Aquila, Italy), Marco Cremaschi (University Roma3 of Rome, Italy), Alessandro Crociata (GSSI of L'Aquila, Italy), Alessandra Faggian (GSSI of L'Aquila, Italy), Ugo Fratesi (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy), Simona Iammarino (London School of Economics, UK), Philip McCann (University of Sheffield, UK), Marco Modica (GSSI of L'Aquila, Italy), Mark Partridge (Ohio State University, US), Andrès Rodriguez-Pose (London School of Economics, UK), Giulia Urso (GSSI of L'Aquila, Italy), Alberto Vanolo (University of Turin, Italy), Paolo Veneri (OECD, France), Federico Zanfi (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy).

University profile

The GSSI – Gran Sasso Science Institute ( is an international PhD school and a center for research and higher education in the areas of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Social Sciences. It was founded in 2012 in L’Aquila (Italy) as a Center for Advanced Studies of the INFN – National Institute for Nuclear Physics and then established in March 2016 as a School of Advanced Studies providing post-graduate education.

Through a day-to-day collaboration and interaction, researchers and students have the opportunity to build a sound knowledge of the research methods and to experiment contamination of interests, innovative approaches and multicultural exchanges in all the GSSI activities. In addressing the complexity of today’s world, we are committed to removing all barriers between the GSSI areas of study and research, where interdisciplinarity and cross-fertilization underlie everything we do. Among our goals are the dissemination of scientific results towards society and the promotion of cultural events for generic public, citizens and schools.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) is an international PhD school and a center for research and higher education.

The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) is an international PhD school and a center for research and higher education. Read less