Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training

why we care

The complex and interdisciplinary nature of newness and theory building underlines the need for innovative interdisciplinary training of a new generation of highly-skilled, creative, entrepreneurial and innovative doctoral researchers trained to understand, develop and above all communicate a deeper understanding of the process of newness and theory building and their impact.

TBRP interdisciplinary doctoral training programme is designed to fully prepare young doctoral researchers to become future leading experts in the research and innovation of newness and theory building, in both academia and industrial environments, supporting effective high level understanding and decision making, exploit the synergies of perspectives of newness and theory building and boost innovation for the benefit of the global economy in all sectors.

the aim

TBRP interdisciplinary doctoral training programme aims to fill in this gap by:

  • Developing new and sharpening extant theory building methodologies, methods, tools and techniques
  • Applying these methodologies, methods, tools and techniques to inter-disciplinary, inter-sectoral, and inter-technology research and empirical settings to develop innovative understanding of newness and its impact
  • Training young doctoral researchers on how to theorize and build theory from extant inter-disciplinary, inter-sectoral, and inter-technology theoretical and practical knowledge and data.

our offer

We have responded to the above challenges and needs and timely set up a unique, innovative, international, interdisciplinary training programme in social sciences and economics, with applications in science, engineering, technology, health and humanities to train a new generation of innovative, entrepreneurial and creative doctoral researchers, who will become future leaders in both academia and industry. We offer a number of high guality, interdisciplinary doctoral and supervisor training programmes as well as developed 'in-house'  strategies for theorizing and theory building. 

our alumni

Since TBRP inception in 2012, up to 20 PhD inter-disciplinary, inter-technology, inter-sectorial and international research projects have been pursued by doctoral researchers and over 150 doctoral researchers from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Vietnam, to name a few, took part in the TBRP doctoral training, researching interesting inter-disciplinary, inter-sectoral, and inter-technology phenomena such as:

Modern slavery and stakeholders shared value creation synergy --- Hybrid operating room in the making: Coordinating a complex medical practice --- Emergence of new product concepts in medical industry --- Altering human behaviour via augmented reality in the context hotel construction industry --- Social consequences of child cancer survival --- Seafood Eco-labelling, Environmental Governance and the Battle of “Sustainability” --- Sustainability of production and consumption of contemporary fashion with a focus on body, cloth culture, fit and sizing --- Patient empowerment --- Emotions and learning
Collective memory and cultural heritage --- Military educational wargaming --- Clinical decision making --- Parent-preschool interaction --- Performance of innovations --- Business modeling and foresighting

Testimonials from our Alumni can be found here.

TBRP Contact






Michael K. Simonsen

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PhD projects


PhD course in theory building


STrategies of theory building