PHOENIX Erasmus +: Erasmus Mundus

Joint Doctoral Program on Dynamics of Health and Welfare

Research Fields

Table 1: Research and training diversity and complementarity

Academic Full membersHealth policies, campaigns, Hospital organization, Social welfare policies, voluntary movements, Care access, disability, equity.Philosophy and anthropology of welfare, social change, population health, psychosocial factors and health.Welfare institutions and hospital structures, Islam world, culture and scientific cultural heritage Managing health structures, contracting policies.
DisciplinesSociology, anthropology, economics, political sciences.Epidemiology, philosophy, ethics, history of public health, demography, social psychologyManagement, history
Socio-economic membersRed cross: humanitarian intervention Social affairs (Paris Municipality) Association de santé mentale et de lutte contre l'alcoolismeCounty Council of Östergötland for health careLinköping City Research and Development Centre in care and social workSiemens: High Tech innovation in individual health care.
FieldSocial intervention, management of disabled peopleImplementing Public Health measures, advising stakeholdersTechnical and financial issues
Institutional associated partnersEuropean scaleEuropean Observatory on Health systems and Policies
CanadaClipp (Montreal)
InternationalICSW International Council of Social Welfare

Associated academic partners' complementarity:

CountriesFranceSouthern AfricaRomaniaP.R. China, Fudan
SpecializationDecision-making and health policy. Rationalization of medical care system and practices.Health and development HIV/Aids public Health and Social Issues. Reproductive health.Implementation of a new Health and Welfare system. Health of marginalized groupsHealth and welfare studies; Development studies; Health and welfare policy
DisciplinesPolitical science, administration, lawDevelopment sciences, sociologySociology and social worksociology, political science, administration, economics

The presentation in Table 1 of some key themes, disciplines and fields cultivated among the participating universities and socio-economic partners illustrates the diversity, complimentarily and potentials for comparative knowledge and research offered within the program. The associated members contribute with practical expertise utilized in shaping the syllabus, in the choice of research topics, providing practical experience for the students, taking part in the evaluation of activities, the dissemination of results and - most importantly - enhancing employability.

Associated academic members are located in Western and Eastern Europe, in Southern Africa, East Asia and in North-America. Such composition will allow the students to meet specific questions and approaches related to countries with newly rebuilt systems for health and welfare; vulnerable groups with a long history (such as the Roma population); or emerging as the result of rapid social transitions, or having contractual and community based systems. It represents different academic traditions, different educational and training methods and perspectives, embedded in various socio-economic and epidemiological contexts - a comparative and complementary strength.

Equally, socio-economic partners represent diverse activities on health and welfare at levels from the global to the local arena. Doctoral students engaged in their projects will learn the vocabulary and methods necessary for communication with companies and institutions in charge of health and welfare, including associations involved in training for crisis management in critical events - nationally and internationally. However, the fundamental and most important transferable skill will be the ability to analyze a situation, taking into account major factors and proposing a sustainable solution, using the adequate methods and technical tools, acquired from the best updated expertise. On an internal scale, the multi-disciplinary organization of the joint program establishes real exchange between disciplines and methods, an important skill for both students and teachers. In this context, it is also a valuable transfer of knowledge and analytical competence to partners outside the academia. Eac socio-economic associated partner is ready to integrate one or two PhD students and to supervise them during the thesis.

ICSW (International Council of Social Welfare) gives doctoral students a possibility to get acquainted with an international organization in the welfare field, learning about its diverse activities and and networking capacities.

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies can help doctoral candidates to learn about evidence-based health policy and benefit from the best possible place to be trained in rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. Its intellectual milieu opens contacts between academic research and stakeholders. It can bring the students in contact with and work with European data in the field and participate in evidence-based analysis.

The French Red Cross offers internships allowing PhD students to participate in a think tank on the goals and the values of a humanitarian association today, to participate in the identification of the weak social networks and in the implementation of actions to help vulnerable populations. It means to apply theoretical knowledge to concrete situations, learning how to participate in team work within a professional environment and to learn how to write operational reports.

Direction of Social Policy (Paris Municipality) will allow the discovery and analysis of the complexities of a sanitary and medical/social actor, support the learning of project management within a dynamic and demanding professional environment, offer the opportunity to discover aspects, which are important for the proper management of sanitary or medical/social structures such as the management of risks, the development of a specific quality process, the management of social relations inside specialized establishments.

The Swedish system defining local and regional, far-reaching, political and executive responsibility for welfare and care of its citizens is visualised through internships organised by The County Council of Östergötland and Linköping City Research and Development Centre in Care and Social Work. It offers the doctoral students' opportunities to participate in studies of their organisations and diverse activities from the inside, learn how local and regional organisations produce and analyse information, formulate policies and implement decisions within hospitals, primary health care and welfare systems. They will also give access to data based on societal needs within ethical regulations.

Siemens, Portugal, is prepared to integrate doctoral students in a private, high technology, enterprise dealing with health care issues. The internships will offer participation in the analysis and acceptance of new technical tools by institutions and patients as well as in the building of relations between a private enterprise and the public sector, learning about interactions between public action/decision making and private enterprises' initiatives, learning how to communicate emerging scientific knowledge to a commercial enterprise and how to write reports in a professional environment.

Clipp (Montreal) can offer opportunities to participate in interventions following a research programme; study practical and organisational transfer of knowledge and meet best practises and techniques to conduct evaluation programmes.

Fudan University does also have established links with socio-economic partners that can be used for the organisation of internships while doctoral students are spending time there.


PHOENIX is a Joint Doctorate programme selected under Erasmus Mundus

Project Coordinator: Prof. Laurinda Abreu | Contacts: Isália Morais

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