Postgraduate Programme in Public Policy
Most academic programmes look at public policies from their own disciplinary approaches. Differently, the Postgraduate Programme in Public Policy at the Federal University of Paraná offers a fresh interdisciplinary environment in which such complex object of analysis can be studied under multiple lenses. It engages economists, jurists, political scientists, sociologists, philosophers and scholars involved in Science and Technology research to address the complexity of building, negotiating and implementing public policies.
Those interested in developing their academic capabilities in research about public policy, as much as policy makers looking for new and challenging views and tools to frame their work, can benefit greatly from the interdisciplinary experience offered by the Programme. It offers supervision and research training for MPhil/PhD degrees in a variety of areas concerning public policies on both a full-time or part-time basis.
Students must be in residence to attend a minimum of classes, according to a working plan developed with their supervisors. We encourage students to pursue fieldwork, university exchanges, and academic visits of different kinds in order to enrich their research experience.
The MPhil andPhD degrees are programmes of research study and aim to train individuals to conduct research of high academic merit. The MPhil programme has the final requirement that students produce a dissertation, while the PhD programme requires a thesis with an original contribution to the field. Both are assessed by oral examination (viva).
Registration is made separatelly for each degree, but students with excepcional performance in their MPhil may be allowed to follow through to pursue a PhD degree.The PhD programme for both full and part-time students is four years (48 months) and the viva must take place within that period. The MPhil programme of studies is two years (24 months) and the viva must take place within that period. The Programme requires that all research students attend a regular number of in-house courses at the University, but encourages students to attend courses elsewhere if helpful to their research plan.
Each research student will have a principal supervisor, a member of staff whose area of expertise is closely aligned with the student’s research topic. A second supervisor may also be appointed to the student, depending on the interdisciplinary nature of the reasearch plan.
The Programme offers supervision and research training for MPhil and PhD degrees in many fields of economics, law, politics, philosophy and science & technology studies. Research interests among our academic are organised along two broad lines of inquiry:
1. Technology, regulation and society
Research topics include: agriculture and international trade; agriculture policies; competition policies; public policy transplantation and design; economics of innovation; economics of networks; history of science and technology; social impact, risks and regulation of nanotechnology; economics, behavior and institutions; export promoting policies; industrial policies; labour market regulation and policies; science, technology and innovation policies and regulation; intelectual property and innovation in agriculture; regulation on information technology; universities-firms linkages;
2. Political Economy of National States and Global Governance
Research topics include: employment policies; social policies; public policy and democracy; political regimes and public decisions; intergovernmental institutions and global governance; history of ideas on the relationship between markets and states; history of the relationship between markets and states; theories of the state and economics; power structures and decision making; monetary and fiscal policies
Prospective students should consult the respective staff member’s personal webpages for more detailed information about individual areas of interest and expertise and in order to identify prospective supervisors. Most of them are able to offer supervision in English or Spanish, but profficiency in Portuguese is also required.
Prospective candidates are asked to check that their research interests fall within the area of expertise of our researchers. For further guidance, they can contact the potential supervisor directly or the Programme Office at email@example.com.
Prospective students should submit 1) a formal application to the Programme Office (application form sent by request), together with 2) an outline of their intended research project (limit of 10 pages), 3) an up-to-date copy of their CV, and 4) other enclosures (list sent by request).
Applications can be sent until October for for entry in March of the following year. Applicants are informed about the results in early December.
For further information, please write to either the Programme Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Huascar Pessali (email@example.com).