Doctoral training program

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The CRSI’s doctoral program aims to contribute to the training of doctoral students whose research focuses on the study of social interaction processes. This program is opened to all doctoral students interested in this topic, regardless of their disciplinary affiliation.
The doctoral training program provides theoretical and methodological resources allowing doctoral students to take up the challenges of analyzing social interactions. Indeed, social interactions are studied in several research fields (linguistics, psychology, sociology, etc.), each of them providing a specific theoretical and methodological point of view on the subject. Meanwhile, social interaction is a complex phenomenon that requires an interdisciplinary approach.  
Moreover, studies on social interactions need to rise to share methodological challenges, mostly linked with data collection, but also with the management and the preparation of datasets for scientific purposes. In the last decades, numerous technical innovations have been proposed, leading to the development of sophisticated methodological devices (high-definition audio and video recording, eye-tracking, automatic motion detection). In parallel, there are more and more software designed to support data analyses and the management of datasets (e.g. Final cut Pro for data synchronization; Noldus Obervers, Transana or Elan for audio-video data analysis). This technical development is a central issue for doctoral training: doctoral students need to have strong technical skills, especially since these new technologies are evolving very quickly.
This is why the CRSI’s doctoral training program is intrinsically interdisciplinary, given that social interactions display some empirical specificities that the researcher needs to know whatever her/his scientific field.


The CRSI’s doctoral training program aims to complete the existing training offers (e.g. the CUSO doctoral schools in linguistics and psychology) by proposing an interdisciplinary approach.
The concrete aims of the CRSI’s doctoral training program are the following:
  1. Improve students’ methodological skills;
  2. Improve students’ technical skills concerning data collection, data analysis and the management of datasets;
  3. Sensitize students to the major approaches of the various disciplines dealing with social interactions.


The CRSI’s doctoral training program is supported by the institutes affiliated to the centre, but also by several institutional partners:
  • Universität Basel, Französisches Seminar (Prof. Lorenza Mondada)
  • University of Fribourg, Département des Sciences Sociales (Prof. Esther Gonzalez-Martinez)
  • University of Geneva, Section des Sciences de L'Éducation (Prof. Laurent Filliettaz)
  • University of Lausanne, Institut de Psychologie (Prof. Michèle Grossen)
  • Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), Faculté des Sciences de la Communication (Prof. Sara Greco)

Target audience

The CRSI’s doctoral training program is opened to doctoral students whose research is linked with the analysis of social interactions. Workshops are also open to post-doctoral researchers and senior researchers (within the limits of available places).
Registration is required to participate in conferences and workshops (for more details, see the “Program” section).