Conducting research at the Faculty of Economics

The current page is divided in two sections:

  • information for academic staff who is already active at the Faculty;
  • information for researchers outside of the University.



Academic staff already active at the Faculty

USI supports the research activity of its academic staff through the Research and Transfer Service.

The Service offers information, counselling and assistance on:

  • reserach funding opportunities in Switzerland and internationally;
  • research project application;
  • projects administrative management.

Each researcher has access to a personal web page where all projects carried out at USI are listed, including a biography and a list of publications.

The Media and Communication Service is available to promote with the media and the community research projects and initiatives related to research activities (e.g. meeting and conferences).


First steps at USI

New researchers can find basic information to familiarise with the Faculty and USI at the dedicated page for academic staff and in the brochure Researching at USI Università della Svizzera italiana. A practical guide for researchers and their family.




The opportunities to carry out long-term or short-term research at the Faculty of Economics are:

  • active researchers
    - win a call for applications for a researcher and/or teaching position;
    - spend time at the Faculty as a visiting researcher.
  • prospective researchers
    - gain admission to a PhD programme;
    - spend time at the Faculty as a visiting doctoral student.


Why choose the Faculty of Economics

The Faculty of Economics, and USI in general, is a free and open research platform. Its flexible structure allows for decisions to be made swiftly, thus enabling the fluid exchange of ideas.

With an academic staff hailing from different countries and with different backgrounds, the reserach carried out at the Faculty is constantly moving forward and exploring new frontiers, ready to identify innovative paths and to respond to the complexity and uncertainty of modern globalised economies.

Already active researchers find at USI the ideal conditions to develop independent research and projects, reaching goals at an international level.

Prospective researchers can find the ideal hub to grow and plant the seeds for a career at institutions such as Oxford, Harvard, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, New York University, Duke University, London School of Economics, EPFL, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Amsterdam, University of Bristol.
The Faculty of Economics and USI more in general can count on a broad national and international research network, and the convenient conditions of the Swiss system, such as useful synergies between high-quality public infrastructures – especially the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse – and important funding by the private sector.