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This Interuniversity Doctorate Programme is the result of a collaboration agreement between the Universitat de València and the Universitat Jaume I Castelló. At the Universitat de València the coordinating entity will be the University Institute for Research on Social Welfare Policy (Polibenestar), which is an international reference centre specialised in research, innovation and social technology, technical advice and training in the field of social policies. The doctorate programme offers students a multidisciplinary training that allows them to approach public policies from an integrated perspective, through a global understanding of the current reality. It involves incorporating into the Spanish academic world programmes that are similar in orientation to prestigious academic institutions such as Berkeley or Harvard in the United States. The doctorate meets a real demand for training and specialisation in a set of new professional areas related to the study of public social welfare policies, technology and decision-making in the face of the new responses to which European societies have to respond. For this reason, the programme is structured around two lines of research that aim to provide a broad, plural and integrated analysis of the multiple dimensions of public policies. The specific lines of research are "Modelling, evaluation, management systems and technologies in public policies" and "Inequality, inclusive societies and social and individual well-being in the framework of public policies". The need to train specialists and researchers in these fields is justified by various factors in the economic and social environment, including the following: the growing importance of reformulating public policies that affect social and individual welfare in order to make social protection systems sustainable, considering citizen participation and the necessary personalisation of policies as key aspects in the processes of change; the influence of globalisation processes, Europeanisation, labour market flexibility and new socio-economic and demographic patterns on the design of public policies; the multidisciplinary analysis of the major transformations affecting societies and shaping new paradigms of the welfare state; the economic and social viability of the European model in an international context; and the growing importance that new technologies are acquiring in the field of public policy and decision-making.