Skip to content

Department of Political and Social Sciences

We focus on contemporary challenges facing European politics and societies

students-talking-with-masks

Doctoral Programme

The core mission of the EUI Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) is the recruitment, training, and placement of early career researchers from throughout Europe.

Read more Doctoral Programme
conference people Badia RSCAS Flickr Sala del capitolo

People

Our Faculty, Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs come from a broad range of countries spanning all Europe and beyond.

Read more People
Students back in library

Research

We focus on the interplay of institutional dynamics with their behavioral context.

Read more Research
Library two people

Seminars & Teaching

We are one of Europe’s leading centres for research on comparative politics, political behaviour and political sociology, the sociology of inequality, analytic sociology, and international relations and security.

Read more Seminars & Teaching
Badia Fiesolana cloister, 5 students walking

About

We conceptualise institutions dynamically by studying the interactions between institutions – both formal and informal - and their behavioural context. This applies to the analysis of the impact of party competition on public policies, changing family structures and their consequences for inequalities, changing norms of governance and conflict and their implications for politics and geo-politics.

Read more

News

Mnaili_THESIS_OF_THE_MONTH_BANNER_1920x1080px

Settling Palestine: logics of (in)direct governance of Israel's occupation

Every year, about 30 researchers defend their PhD theses in the SPS Department. In order to illustrate the range of their research, each month the department selects and presents a dissertation notable for both its exceptionally high quality and general interest to the public.

Read more Settling Palestine: logics of (in)direct governance of Israel's occupation

Researching education and inequalities: EUI welcomes Herman van de Werfhorst

Herman van de Werfhorst joined the EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences on 1 September 2022 as Chair in Sociology. He is on leave from the University of Amsterdam, where he was Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department and Co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies.

Read more Researching education and inequalities: EUI welcomes Herman van de Werfhorst

EUI welcomes Professor Waltraud Schelkle

Professor Waltraud Schelkle joined on 1 September 2022 as Joint Chair in European Public Policy at the EUI Department of Political and Social Sciences and at the Robert Schuman Centre. Previously, she was Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Read more EUI welcomes Professor Waltraud Schelkle

View all news

Video Spotlight

The EUI PhD programme in Political and Social Sciences

Get a PhD at the EUI

Why study Political and Social Sciences at the EUI?

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Villa Sanfelice

Via dei Roccettini, 3
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI)

Go back to top of the page