PhD 6 graduate, 2 postdoc, 3 visiting fellowships at TU Darmstadt, Germany from 2013. Deadlines: 7.12.2012

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The interdisciplinary graduate program “Topology of Technology” at the TU Darmstadt, one of Germany’s leading Universities of Technology (near Frankfurt), announces up to six doctoral fellowships, starting April 1, 2013, and running for a maximum of 3 years. Furthermore the graduate program announces one postdoc fellowship (2 years) and three visiting fellowships (for a three-month period in 2013).

The program is organized by professors from the disciplines of history, sociology, philosophy, mechanical engineering, computer science, sports science, and planning. It focuses on the relationship between technology and space – at present, in history, and in a possible future.

One of the doctoral fellowships or the postdoctoral fellowship focuses on the field of spatial and infrastructure planning. Potential applicants in this field are expected to do research on the co-evolution of cities and socio-technical systems (energy, water, sanitation, waste, telecommunication, transport) and their sustainable planning and design in an international perspective. For the doctoral fellowship critical studies on the constitution of “smart cities” or “smart energy cities” are of particular interest. Relevant questions include:

  • Which are their underlying conceptual assumptions and contradictions of smart spaces?
  • How are “smart cities” organized in different spatial and institutional contexts?
  • Which are the socio-technical, socio-spatial and ecological impacts of this restructuring of cities and infrastructures?
  • How does the transition towards “smart places” shape the political and economic power relations in cities?
  • Which institutional and technological innovations are required and which are the challenges for urban policy and planning?

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FUNDING PhD-scholarship “GIStorical Antwerp”

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The University of Antwerp Centre for Urban History (Belgium), is looking for a historian, geographer or GIS-expert for a four-year PHD-scholarship (2012-2016) in the context of a new research project:

GIStorical Antwerp: a micro-level data tool for the study of past urban societies, test-case: Antwerp

GIStorical Antwerp is a challenging research project funded by the Flemish Hercules Foundation (Medium-size research infrastructure) and the University of Antwerp. It aims to design a GIS (Geographical Information Systems)-environment and micro-level data tool for the historical analysis of urban societies and environments, taking the city of Antwerp as an example, and using space to integrate a wide variety of historical geo-data (ranging from census and cadastral data, to building permits, archeological excavation reports, crime statistics, building permits, urban iconography etc.) at the level of the individual house
and household. For the inner city of Antwerp — one of the major commercial centers of the Low Countries since the later Middle Ages – a GIS-framework will be created that allows to integrate and analyse these data, and map their spatial and chronological development. In a first phase, the project will be emphasizing on 18th and 19th century Antwerp, but follow-up projects will be developed that aim to expand its chronological range from the medieval period until the 20th century, as well to transfer the system to test-cases outside Antwerp as well. Together with the team of the UA-Centre for Urban History and the City of Antwerp, and the supervisors of the project Bruno Blondé, Tim Soens and Tim Bisschops, the PhD-student will not only be developing the GIS-environment and data-sets, but also test its functionality through a PhD-project on the environmental and/or spatial history of Antwerp in the ‘long’ 19th century.

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You are:
– EITHER a Master, Licentiate (or equivalent) in History with a profound research interest in large-scale datasets, and willing to become an expert in historical GIS.
– OR a Master, Licentiate (or equivalent) in Geography, Archeology, Urban Planning or other relevant disciplines in Humanities, Social or Natural Sciences, with a profound research interest in (urban) history.
– Passionate about old maps and the history of cartography.
– Both an independent worker and a teamplayer
– Qualified to obtain a Belgian PhD doctoral grant (not having received a Belgian doctoral grant before and not having worked as a scientific collaborator or assistant at the University of Antwerp longer than 1 year).

Candidates who will obtain a Master’s degree at the end of the present academic year may apply.

Tasks:
– designing, developing and expanding the GIStorical Antwerp infrastructure (in close collaboration with the other members of the project team)
– input and analysis of large datasets on 18th and 19th century Antwerp (e.g. maps, census data, tax lists, iconographic data etc.)
– preparing a PhD on the environmental and/or spatial history of Antwerp in the ‘long’ 19th century

We offer:
– A Four-year PhD-doctoral Grant (2012-2016)
– an attractive and highly stimulating research environment.
– A highly competitive financial remuneration scheme (doctoral grant about 1800-1900 € per month net (tax-exempt).
– The opportunity to develop highly divergent and multifunctional research skills, including GIS, data analysis, iconographic analysis.
– The opportunity to embark on a longer-term research project, as the explicit aim of the research team is to continue the development and extension of the infrastructure by applying for additional research funding beyond 2016.

How to apply?
Send a cover letter, your CV, and a copy of your undergraduate and Master’s degrees before August 20, 2012 to tim.soens@ua.ac.be (e-mail).
Interviews will be organised in the second half of August. The PhD fellowship will normally start on October 1, 2012.
http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CSG&n=104663&ct=104663&e=301678

Tim Soens
Departement Geschiedenis — Department of History
Universiteit Antwerpen — University of Antwerp
www.ua.ac.be/tim.soens

PhD “Small Cities, Urban Environments and Governance in India”. Deadline: 30.6.2012

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Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement

The Institute of Geography invites applications for a position of a

PhD Student

Entrée en fonction: 01.10.2012
Durée du contrat: One year, renewable once for 2 years (max. 3 years)
Taux d’activité: 100 %
Profil souhaité:

Master’s degree in geography, development studies or a related discipline or field
Research, work or volunteering experience in a developing-country context (preferably South Asia and India)
Familiarity with qualitative methods of data collection
Excellent analytical, research and writing skills
Ability to work effectively independently and in a team
Motivation and ability to carry out extended field research in urban India
Knowledge of an Indian language (Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi) would be considered an asset
Eligible and willing to enter the geography PhD program at the University of Lausanne
Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.
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PhD Studentship: Understanding the historical dynamics of sustainable consumption

“Sustainable development” came to the fore of public attention in 1987 with the report of the Brundlandt Commission but it has had a longer history. The aim of this PhD studentship is to advance our understanding of the dynamics of sustainable consumption in the past to shed fresh light on the present.
The project will make a contribution to the SCI research strand on Sustainable Consumer Behaviours and Lifestyles by developing a historical case study. The following research areas are indicative but not meant to be exclusive. We particularly invite project applications that speak to one of the following problems:
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