Call for Applications for the Doctoral Programme in Business Administration | Spring 2024

For the Spring 2024 semester, the University of Nicosia announces the opening of six (6) positions for admission to the Doctoral Programme (PhD) in Business Administration.

School School of Business
Duration 3 years
Number of Positions Six
Selection Criteria Preselection on the basis of evaluation of qualifications, proposal, and possible personal interview
Application Deadline  20 January 2024
Start Date February 2024
Language All aspects of the posts below are to be conducted in English (application submission, proposal, programme study, thesis)

Note: Applicants should indicate in their application documents the specific PhD position of interest and/or the name of the corresponding Research Supervisor, where applicable.

How to Apply

For academic information related to the doctorate, please contact the Programme Coordinator, Prof. Haritini Tsangari at [email protected]

The application must be submitted only via the online procedure available at:
Once you create your account/application, an experienced counsellor will reach you out within the next few business days for assistance.

Two (2) positions in:


    1. One (1) position in Metaverse We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative individual to join our research team as a PhD candidate in the exciting field of the Metaverse. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research, develop innovative solutions, and shape the future of virtual worlds and digital economies. This position offers a unique opportunity to investigate an interesting topic within Metaverse including but not limited to the following:
      • Metaverse technologies and applications
      • Metaverse impact on business
      • Metaverse business models
      • AI impact on the Metaverse
      • Metaverses interoperabily
      • Digital Asset Management and Tokenization in the Metaverse
      • Social Interactions and Communication Tools in the Metaverse
      • Virtual Economies and Cryptocurrencies in the Metaverse
      • Governance and Community Management in Decentralized Metaverse Platforms

      Research Supervisor: Marinos Themistocleous, Professor, [email protected]

    2. One (1) position in Blockchain technology UNIC is delighted to invite applications from highly motivated and talented individuals for a PhD position in the field of blockchain technology. This unique opportunity offers aspiring researchers the chance to delve into the exciting realm of blockchain and contribute to its transformative impact on various sectors. The successful candidate will join our esteemed team of researchers and will have the opportunity to select a topic within blockchain technology, including but not limited to:
      • Blockchain and Non Fungible Tokens
      • Blockchain and scalability
      • Smart contracts and decentralized applications
      • Interoperability and cross-chain communication
      • Blockchain for supply chain management, finance, healthcare, or other relevant domains
      • Governance models in blockchain
      • Central Bank Digital Currency

      Research Supervisor: Marinos Themistocleous, Professor, [email protected]

One (1) position in:


This post is for a PhD candidate who is interested in enhancing his/her knowledge, critical and analytical skills, using real-life data analysis.

Topics include:

  • Gender Inequalities / Gender Gaps, Gender Budgeting;
  • Discrimination / Social and Workplace Inclusion/Diversity;
  • Job satisfaction and retention;
  • The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • Business/Entrepreneurship; Green Finance / ESG / Sustainable Investing;
  • Financial Modelling and Forecasting.

The candidate is expected to have a background in quantitative methods and statistical analysis.

Research Supervisor: Haritini Tsangari, Professor, [email protected]

One (1) position in:


Position in the area of Finance, and specifically one (or a combination) of the following areas:

  • Corporate Governance and the Board of Directors
  • Blockchain and Governance
  • Blockchain and Accounting and Controls
  • Decentralized Autonomous Organisations (from a governance point of view)
  • Market-based Empirical Research on one of the following topics:
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Reporting
  • Socially Conscious Investing
  • Market Behaviour of Cryptocurrencies/Cryptoassets

For this post, the candidate should have a strong background in quantitative methods (Econometrics or Statistics) proven by previous quantitative research or work experience or by having successfully completed advanced courses in Econometrics or Statistics. Moreover, the candidate should have a background in either Finance, or Accounting, or Economics, or Financial Mathematics, or Financial Econometrics or similar discipline (Bachelor or Masters degree).

Research Supervisor: Dr. Ifigenia Georgiou, [email protected]

One (1) position in:


Topic: “Digital Technologies in Marketing”

Digital technologies (including Information & Analysis Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Social Media, Customer Relationship Management Systems, Digital Marketing Communications Channels, Big Data etc.) are reshaping the landscape of business planning and implementation, particularly marketing. And while these digital tools are relatively clear in their capacity to execute specific functions within the business operations (market analysis, customer profiling and relationship management, communications, mass customization etc.), how they can be combined and used in the overall strategic and/or marketing design of an organization is still unclear. Empirical research is thus requisite in describing and prescribing how digital technologies may be used, not simply as tools within organizational strategic and/or marketing planning, but as integral parts of it, or even as its very foundations.

We therefore call for PhD research proposals that deal with this question in an array of industry and typological contexts, including, but not limited to Strategic Marketing, International Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Internal Marketing and Customer Relationship Management; and applied in any of varied industry contexts as construction industry and/or real estate, food and agriculture, services, manufacturing, SMEs, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Interested candidates for the position of “Digital Technologies in Marketing” need to pursue this Ph.D. on a fulltime basis, be based in Cyprus, and they must have a strong inclination towards research and scientific publications, adjacent to, but beyond their strict PhD scope as well.

Research Supervisor: Prof. Alkis Thrassou, [email protected]

One (1) position in:


Topic: “Technology Diffusion in Tourism and Hospitality”

The ongoing digitization of service interactive work calls for an investigation of how technologies effect and affect organizational form. Organization can no longer be thought without socio-technical mediation. Emerging technologies like robots, social media, analytics, artificial intelligence, platforms and disruptive innovations such as blockchain, could easily be explored as part of a ‘digital shift’, reconfiguring the ways in which management and control, innovation and entrepreneurship take place. The appointed PhD student will have the opportunity to advance our understanding on technology diffusion and its impact on different stakeholder groups.

Research Supervisor: Leonidas Efthymiou, Assistant Professor, [email protected]