Adaptive Program Management in Spatial and Infrastructure Planning
Applications are invited from International students for Fully funded PhD Scholarships position in Spatial and Infrastructure Planning at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FSS), Department of Spatial Planning & Environment, University of Groningen, Netherlands.
The domain of PhD research is the field of transport infrastructure planning. Transport infrastructure systems facilitate and organize transport flows within and between cities and regions. Nowadays, these systems (both regarding their physical and organizational dimension) are becoming increasingly complex. New rapid, often uncertain, sometimes desirable and sometimes responsive developments, such as sustainable and smart mobility, the energy transition, the circular economy, climate development and IT development require the possibility of (relatively fast) adaptation. Most of these developments are area-specific and require integrated infrastructure and spatial planning solutions.
The research is conceived as case study research, in which data is collected through document research, interviews, embedded or action research, workshops and focus groups. An important factor here is a “grounded approach” aimed at the intensive involvement of the practice right from the start of problem definition. Because of the focus on transport infrastructure planning in relation to spatial development, the research will focus on the current (Dutch) regional area-oriented accessibility programs. The research is sponsored by Rijkswaterstaat and conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in The Netherlands.
Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:
- a salary starting from € 2,325 which increases yearly to a maximum of € 2,972
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income in May
- an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance in December
- a full-time temporary appointment for a period of in principle four years, under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year.
To be eligible for Scholarships position, an applicant must have:
- a Master’s degree (preferably a research master) in (Spatial) Planning, Pulic Administration, Organizational Studies or Policy Sciences
- experience in working with qualitative research methods (case study, institutional analysis, action research), with conducting research in (planning) practice, and has a deep interest in and knowledge of infrastructure planning and/or spatial planning
- motivation to connect science to practice
- excellent in academic writing, should have excellent communication skills, and should be able to cooperate in a multidisciplinary team
- experience in, or knowledge of, planning practice with regard to the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat and regional and local authorities in the Netherlands is a plus
- Dutch proficiency, or the ability and willingness to achieve this within one year, is an absolute plus
To apply for PhD Scholarships position in Spatial and Infrastructure Planning, an applicant must submit the following documents with application:
- A motivation letter (1A4 max)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Scan of diploma including transcripts
- Proof of English proficiency
- Other relevant documents