European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication

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Comune di Roma


The Municipal Council is the most important organ of the Rome City Government and as they are elected by the government, directly represents its members will. It is a representative and collegial organization that has functional and organizational autonomy and is responsible for planning and political/administrative control. In the framework of the principles established in the Statute, the Council's work is controlled by regulations approved with an absolute majority.

The City Government of Rome supports and promoted various projects:

  • The Eurolaboratorio is a pioneering political tool created by the City Government of rome with the goal of linking the process of city's telematic learning with the opportunities and experience of other cities and organizations in the European Union. The Eurolaboratorio was born in 1994 within the city's Informatics Department as part of a more general renewal process concerning , on one hand, the internal structure of the Rome city Government and on the other, the changes that affect the relations between the local administration, the community and citizens. Within the framework of the 4th R&ST Quadro Programme, the Eurolaboratorio to date has presented 17 project proposals for “Telematica” and “Esprit” programmes and has otained EU financing for 12 projects to develop services.
  • Progetto Leonardo Residential and Nursing Homes, Benchmarking Network: The Municipality of Rome is sponsoring a specific project aimed at optimising residential services for older people in conformity with consumer's requirements. This action will be supported by the use of innovative tools such as the exchange of best practices through the method of benchmarking-based training, to be experimented within the area of a European Network including organizations managing residential and nursing homes in Capital Cities.
  • Science OnLine: The City Government of Rome in collaboration with the Civic Zoology Museum, the CNR Psychology Institute and Murst have developed a website to permit diffusion of scientific knowledge to the general public.
  • Global Junior Challenge: The goal of Global Junior Challenge is to develop cultural exchanges between people from many countries. The spirit of the Challenge is to facilitate knowledge of different cultures and the use of the new technologies by people all over the world. By pursuing this philosophy, a participant in the Global Junior Challenge can be a protagonist in this process by building a network of partner projects and creating precious cooperation for further developments.
  • Roma Preview: A web site with link to hotels, public services, tour operators and events in collaboration with the Azienda di Promozione turistica del Comune di Roma
  • Progetto PEOPLE: web site completely dedicated to e-government.
  • Major Cities: The Major Cities of Europe IT User's Group is an independent group of representatives from cities all over Europe. The objectives of the group are: To effect a voluntary exchange of ideas, visions and experience between members of the Group for the purpose of improving the performance of local government by using information technology; To represent the collective interests of members of the Group in discussions with public authorities, suppliers of information technology and other relevant organizations at an European level. The Group was founded in 1982 under an initiative of the Greater London Council. The membership covers almost every country in Scandinavia and the Western and Southern parts of Europe. Since the end of the Cold War cities from the eastern part of Europe also find their way to join the Group. Recently some cities which are not in Europe, but want to work together with European cities, joined the group as well (Tel Aviv, Tblisi). Although the exact position and tasks of local authorities in the different countries may vary, the main responsibilities are the same. The value of the Group lies in the benefit to its members by the exchange of problems that they have to cope with and solutions.
  • TeleCities: TeleCities is the major European network of cities committed to leadership in the Information and Knowledge Society. Established in 1993 in the framework of Eurocities, TeleCities is open to democratically elected city governments as well as to business and scientific partners. TeleCities provides a platform of over 100 local authorities from 20 different European countries, sharing experience and developing practical solutions achieving an Inclusive Information and Knowledge Society, both at European and local level. Its aim is to promote eCitizenship at the local level to ensure that all citizens can equally profit from the benefits of the Information and Knowledge Society.


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Comune di Genazzano (Roma)


Genazzano, an important agricultural centre, is located about 46 Km from Rome. It was a fiefdom of the Colonna family and is of particular architectural importance due to the Colonna, Castle Casa Apolloni, an example of Aragonesi gothic and by a Ninfeum attributed to noted architect Bramante. The Polo Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea of Genazzano is a centre for cultural production in the visual arts but not limited to them. Therefore it is a point of action and exchange for knowledge and experience among artists. It’s main character can be described as a “ training action” made possible by cultural promotion, exploitation and preservation – didactic training as an educational movement for disseminating art, communication, reception and marketing.

The Castle of Genazzano will soon be endowed with a series of services such as didactic laboratories for school, multimedia technology, a video-room, a digital and paper library, a photographic studio, and a diagnostic laboratory for the repair of contemporary works of art.


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The Rome City Government and the State Universities of Rome "La Sapienza”, “Torvergata” and “Roma 3” have established an education and research centre called the “Cantiereuropa Association: The Europe of Cities and Citizenship". CantierEuropa's programme goal is to stimulate and strengthen the activities of universities and local administration with a European dimension. Briefly summarized, it aims to strengthen university education and research; a priceless asset and a necessary condition for the development of a European conscience in the City of Rome. Cantieruropa has participated in various initiatives to promote activities within the scope of projects such as "Mobility and Research to Create a European Citizenship” (February 2002) and “The New Europe is Growing” (May 2003), in cooperation with the Rome City Government and the European Commission.



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Maison de Sciences de l’Homme Paris

Research Centers

"La Maison des Sciences de l’Homme" was conceived almost forty years ago by its founders to be a centre of advanced research in human and social sciences.

It is open to all researchers, regardless of their institution, nationality, disciplines and geographical field of specialisation. It provides them with a place where they can work together and undertake studies they could not do in another context. It functions without competing with the structure of universities and other institutions of teaching and research.

In order to carry out this task, it unites various work tools (and especially its library) relevant to different research centres and institutions (CNRS, EHESS, FNSP, Paris Universities), and covers the main disciplines (anthropology, economics, history, psychology, sociology, etc.) in the principal regions of the world (Latin America, Asia, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe).

For limited durations (three years), it has accommodated young teams which have focused on new projects. It supports the activities of various networks, working together for the necessary internationalisation of research. Each year it welcomes several hundred researchers from all over the world to attend seminars for periods that run between one week and a year, and for whom since 1990 it has provided a place to stay and work in the heart of the Latin Quarter: the "Maison Suger".

It respects researchers' independence and helps to support individual initiatives. The only requirement for French and foreign researchers who decide to use "La maison des Sciences de l'Homme" as a centre for co-operation and for their ideas and projects, is to abide by three essential principles: innovation, communication between the disciplines, and an openness to the rest of the world.

The MSH is managed by a board of trustees of twenty-five members: some of whom, de facto, represent the supervision from government authorities as well as the main higher education and research institutions of Paris and the surrounding area. Others are selected from among scientific personalities recognised for their abilities and experience. This board is steered by a standing committee. It is lead by a director nominated by the Minister of Higher Education and Research, at the suggestion of the board of trustees.

Two separate commissions work within this board:

  • A Scientific commission composed of six members: the Presidents of the EHESS and of the FNSP, the Director of the CNRS Human and Social Sciences Department, and three members selected by the Board of Trustees.
  • A Financial commission, also composed of six people: four, elected by the board from among its members, the Director or his representative and the finance officer.
  • A Council of directors, which brings together the Directors of the research centres or institutes located on the premises of the Foundation, supports the Director in his tasks of management and direction of general services.

Finally, since 1993 a consultative International assessment council is responsible for an scientific evaluation of the Foundation programmes. This Committee is composed of ten scientific personalities, with a minimum of five foreigners amongst them, and of a committee reporter, nominated by the Board of Trustees.

The financial means of the Foundation are provided by State subventions, donations and various trusts as well as by its own resources.