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PhD Program in Economics and Organizational Sociology







Why choose ISEG?

The PhD in Economic and Organisational Sociology is a 3rd cycle degree, launched in 1991, which aims to further knowledge and produce original research. It is hosted by SOCIUS/CSG (Research Centre in Economic and Organisational Sociology), a research unit belonging to ISEG and evaluated as Excellent by FCT, the national Foundation for Science and Technology.

Research lines

The themes and topics for this PhD evolve around economy, finance and organisations in our contemporary societies. The program proposes to look at markets and organisations as nuanced, complex and sometimes conflicting social realities, thus challenging students for new readings of the rationalist paradigm of neoclassic economics, that focuses on the optimal behaviour of economic agents. Making visible the interplay between economic, social and cultural dimensions in the constitution of individual agents and their societies, this program contributes to enrich the existing array of social science accounts of the economy through a multidisciplinary approach.


PhD students might conduct research in the fields of economic sociology, organisation studies, sustainable development, science and technology studies, social studies of finance, classic sociological theory, cultural economy, migration studies, gender studies and value theory, among others. Therefore, a variety of research objects can be investigated, namely public policies, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, formal and informal markets, alternative economies and the DIY culture, property rights, cultural industries, money and payment systems, professions and work or third sector organisations. Different methodological approaches can also be deployed, from logistic regression models and statistical analysis, to experimental studies, participant methodologies, ethnography and network analysis.


The program benefits from a dynamic environment of discussion and active feedback among the academic community of students, researchers and lecturers of SOCIUS/CSG, the Research Centre in Economic and Organisational Sociology. For instance, the PhD comprises a series of annual conferences, workshops and seminars, where students may present and discuss their work and expose it to other national and international researchers, policy-makers and members of the civil society. The program also benefits from several links between SOCIUS/CSG and other national and international research networks, as well as from its location in the historical centre of a vibrant city, Lisbon.


What are the effects of a rapidly changing global economy? What is the role of states, markets, institutions, organisations and individuals in shaping economic and financial practices? Which explanatory links may be found, both historically and currently, between the economy and politics, culture, technology or the environment? Are all markets ethical? How are global citizens involved in decision-making processes regarding their economic and financial daily lives? How are organisations reshaped? How is work balanced with other dimensions of human life in the 21st century? And what is the role of knowledge production in the Anthropocene age? These are some of the questions discussed in the course units and around which consolidated research is being carried out.

Designed For

Candidates must hold a Masters in the scientific fields of Sociology, Economics, Management and other Social Sciences considered acceptable by the Scientific Board. Anyone who only holds a Bachelors in one of these subjects may also apply, as long as they have a minimum grade of 16, or exceptionally a lower grade, alongside a curriculum that proves an adequate scientific background or professional experience. Other candidates who demonstrate an ability to study for this degree may also be admitted. The selection is made by the Scientific Board of the PhD program, based on the following criteria:

> Masters and respective final grade;

> Bachelors and respective final grade;

> Scientific curriculum and relevant professional experience;

> Research proposal.


Anyone who wants an advanced education and who wishes to carry out research with the aim of working in a highly qualified position in the public sector, the private sector and the social economy sector, in an international or national context. Such roles might include teaching and research, leadership and management of organisations, consulting, training, research study and projects, journalism, planning, project development, and the design and evaluation of public policies and of social projects and policies.


A brief proposal regarding the research topic of the PhD thesis is presented by the candidate upon admission. After being accepted for the program, a supervisor is appointed to tutor the student during the in-depth preparation of the thesis project during the 1st year, which is presented and discussed during the Research Seminar. At the end of the 1st year, a consolidated version of the thesis project is assessed by an examination panel comprised of representatives from ISEG and other institutions, which may suggest alterations, or recommend that the student discontinue their studies. When the thesis project is accepted, it is then registered and the name of the supervisor is confirmed. The process of preparing, researching and writing a thesis lasts for two academic years, according to the Rules and Regulations for ISEG PhD Programs.



Tuition Fees

7000 euros

Numerus Clausus

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