Doctoral researcher position in the boundary area of urban sustainability transitions and transformation

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University (CEU) invites applications for a doctoral researcher position in the boundary area of urban sustainability transitions and transformation with emphasis on understanding the role of user-centered design in introducing and adopting nature based solutions. Starting from September 2017 under the supervision of Professor Laszlo Pinter, the position is fully funded for 3.5 years through the recently started NATURVATION (NATure-based URban innoVATION) project, supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. Coordinated through Durham University, NATURVATION will take a transdisciplinary, internationally comparative approach to studying the multiple impacts associated with nature based solutions (NBS) in cities and exploring governance, business, finance and participation models that enable their successful integration into the urban fabric, using Győr, Malmö, Newcastle, Utrecht, Leipzig and Barcelona as lead case studies.

The specifics of the doctoral research will be set up in line with the student's competencies and interests. The successful applicant will have demonstrated academic competence in the transdisciplinary study of urban sustainability transitions. Possible areas of inquiry may extend e.g., to studying the role of process, structural and functional design in conceptualizing, adopting and implementing NBS, exploring the criteria that determine their successful integration into urban systems and the mechanisms of knowledge transfer related to best NBS practices.

Central European University is a graduate institution of advanced research and teaching, dedicated to socially and morally responsible intellectual inquiry, ranked within the top 100 Universities in Social Sciences by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking. CEU is committed to promoting the values of open society and self-reflective critical thinking. It aims at excellence in the mastery of established knowledge, courage to pursue the creation of new knowledge in the humanities, the social sciences, law and management, and engagement in promoting applications for each, in particular through their policy implications.

The doctoral program of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy provides a unique opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world.  The Program is designed to specifically develop and target students' interests towards achieving the experience, knowledge, and skills warranting their status as a Ph.D. within three years time.  

Applications are due on February 1st, 2017 and should include a short statement of purpose, research proposal as well as CV, academic records, letters of recommendation and evidence of English proficiency, in line with the standard application procedures of the Department and CEU. Interested applicants in need of more specific information are invited to contact Prof. Laszlo Pinter.