Doctoral studies

Studying towards a doctoral degree at INGENIO

Doctoral students can work towards their degree at INGENIO under the supervision of INGENIO researchers. We require candidates to have a Masters or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline and an excellent command of English. Typically a doctoral student at INGENIO will enrol in the doctoral programme at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and can be co-supervised by University lecturers. Current norms and information regarding doctoral studies can be found here. It is possible to conduct the doctoral work and write the dissertation in English. Joint supervision is also possible with other universities in Spain and abroad. INGENIO also receives and supports visiting students enrolled in other academic institutions.

In general, any university degree that enables a student to join a doctoral programme at his/her home country will also be accepted at UPV Doctoral School. For non-EU students, additional conditions may have to be observed.

Information on the annual fees for doctoral students registered at UPV is available in this link (Spanish). It is common for doctoral researchers at INGENIO to provide paid contributions to research and teaching projects led by INGENIO staff. INGENIO, however, is unable to offer bursaries and potential applicants should not assume that paid work will be available in Spain to help cover the costs of studying towards a PhD.

Doctoral students at INGENIO have access to the research infrastructure and resources of the CSIC and UPV. They also benefit from all the services and facilities (central library, sport facilities, medical services, etc.) offered by the UPV. Doctoral students at INGENIO will typically share their own office and work alongside other INGENIO researchers in a collaborative and congenial environment. INGENIO will contribute to the career development of the candidate in three critical aspects: (I) providing mentoring and guidance by a senior researcher; (II) allowing access to a pool of qualified researches in the topics of interest for the doctoral candidate; and (III) making available the necessary technical and physical infrastructure to conduct the research agenda proposed by the candidate.

INGENIO researchers work in a broad number of innovation-related fields, conduct both quantitative and qualitative research, and participate in research networks. Doctoral students will be able to benefit from the opportunities that this environment provides. They will be able to join existing research groups, develop and share ideas and contribute to the definition of a common research plans.

Because of space and other constraints we have to be selective when considering applicants for doctoral work at INGENIO. We ask prospective applicants to submit an expression of interest including a brief description of the proposed topic of research (maximum two pages) the name of the preferred supervisor from INGENIO, a CV and academic transcripts. INGENIO will then assist pre-selected candidates in the submission of the formal application to the UPV and other procedures. Any questions on doing a PhD at INGENIO can be emailed to us by clicking here

The research areas and topics of interest according to INGENIO’s research staff entitle to supervise a Ph.D. candidate are listed below.

The list of INGENIO’s supervisors are the following (for detailed information on the supervisor possible research interests, please contact directly by email):

Prof. Dr. Jordi Molas Gallart. Implementation, management and evaluation of science, technology and innovation policies. The role and functions of evaluation. Innovation processes in the military and security industries. The relationships between military and civilian innovation.

Dr. Fernando Jiménez-Sáez. S&T and Innovation policy design and evaluation. Analysis of Innovation Systems. Entrepreneurship and implications for the innovation process.

Dr. Davide Consoli. Empirical analysis (quantitative and/or qualitative) of the sources and effects of Technological change and Innovation. Specific areas of interest/expertise: Structural Change; Employment; Industry Dynamics; Institutions; Medical Innovation; Service Sectors; Sectoral case studies; Network analysis.

Dra. Adela García Aracil. Economics of Education: Human Development; Human, Social and Cultural Capital; Educational and Professional Competencies and Capabilities; Employability and Empowerment of the Youth; Role of Higher Education to the Economic, Social and Cultural Development; Modes of Teaching and Learning; Indicators to Assess Higher Education Institutions Performance.

Dra. Alejandra Boni. Human development, university, development education, international cooperation, project planning, grassroot social innovation, action research, technology in the field of development aid.

Dr. Pablo Aragonés-Beltrán. Multicriteria Decision Analysis applied to Innovation and Project Management. Decision making with the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytic Network Process (ANP). Participatory decision-making. Stakeholder analysis.

Dr. Carlos Benito Amat. Scientometrics. Analysis of information networks and quantitative studies of research writing.

Dr. Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro. Knowledge flows. University-industry interaction. Patenting by academic and other non-business institutions. Psychology of innovation. Neuroscience and innovation. Cultural studies and innovation.

Dra. Elena Castro-Martínez.  Innovation processes in cultural entities or enterprises; knowledge exchange and transfer in humanities and social sciences; management and evaluation of science and innovation policies.

Dr. Ismael Rafols. Novel uses or new quantitative techniques for informing science policy. Evaluation of science and technology, particularly in peripheral regions. Emergent technologies, especially in biomedicine and agriculture.

Dr. José-Félix Lozano Aguilar. Theoretical foundation, implementation, and management of Business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Analysis and development of Responsible Management Education and Higher Education Social Responsibility. Evaluation and proposal of Higher education´s programs for social cohesion.

Dr. Pablo D’Este. (I) Industrial dynamics and innovation, focusing on sources and barriers of innovation at firm level. (II) University-business interactions and academic entrepreneurship, examining their impact on academic and business performance. (II) Analysis of research networks and knowledge creation, with a particular focus on biomedical research and medical innovation.    

Dr. Francisco-Javier Ortega Colomer. Analysis of Innovation Systems, Clusters and Industrial Districts. University-Industry Interaction. Cultural Studies and Innovation. Industrial Dynamics and Innovation. The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Society. Local Development. Qualitative Methods. Historical Perspective.

Dra. Carolina Cañibano Sánchez. Scientific and technical human capital, human resources for science and technology, mobility of researchers, science policy, science and technology indicators, economic theory of innovation.

See the list of Thesis already done at the Institute.