Interdisciplinarity is at the core of European Global Studies. It is institutionally promoted through the interdisciplinary composition of the doctoral committee, through the acquisition of ECTS points from the academic program and through integration into an interdisciplinary research environment at the Institute for European Global Studies.

Doctoral Committee

The doctoral committee is tailor made for each individual PhD project. It consists of two supervisors with different disciplinary backgrounds, including supervisors from the Faculty of Business and Economics or the Faculty of Law of the University of Basel as well as from other supervisors from universities from all around the world. The doctoral committee will provide the best supervision possible.

Academic Program

The specific academic program to be pursued by the doctoral candidate is agreed between the first supervisor and the doctoral candidate. This individually designed study plan accommodates the doctoral candidate’s existing knowledge and the requirements of a further topical as well as theoretical-methodological specialization.

Interdisciplinary Research Environment

The interdisciplinary research environment avoids disciplinary marginalization, as the dissertation projects must measure up to other interdisciplinary research projects. This enables collaborative research: Members of the Graduate Program benefit at the Institute for European Global Studies from extensive experiences in interdisciplinary research and teaching, various platforms for international cooperation and expertise in timely research methods such as digital humanities, providing the best conditions for the successful completion of an interdisciplinary PhD project.

The professors of the Institute for European Global Studies regularly offer research colloquia. PhD students and PostDocs of other academic disciplines interested in attending can participate upon request (only with registration):

  • Colloquium PhD Project Lab (Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Prof. Dr. Ralph Weber).  Information and registration:
    Information and registration: Dominique Biehl.
  • Research Colloquium European Global Studies: Current Debates in History & Politics (Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch). Information and
  • Research Colloquium European Global Studies: Current Debates in Culture & Society (Prof. Dr. Susanna Burghartz, Prof. Dr. Ralph Weber). Information and registration:
  • Research Colloquium European Global Studies: Current Debates in Law & Political Economy (Prof. Dr. Christa Tobler, Prof. Dr. Rolf Weder). Information and registration:
  • Working Lunches: We regularly organize internal discussions on current research projects with international fellows, MA and PhD students, as well as other members of the Institute. Information and registration: