KU Leuven in Belgium invites applications for 2 PhD Fellowships on Housing for Refugee Inclusion in the 2020/21 academic year.
Within the broader framework of studies investigating into the relationship between urban planning and diversity, decent and affordable housing has often been foregrounded as a key factor in the process of social inclusion and mobility of newcomers. However, despite this recognition, evidence from Europe has illustrated that newcomers, in particular refugees, face various challenges to access housing and engage in meaningful processes of home-making. This research project, therefore, aims to develop innovative housing models for refugees that intra muros allow for a sense of belonging and home, but at the same time have the capacity to become pathways for social inclusion and integration extra muros. In order to do so, the research project approaches the housing of refugees from an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar perspective and as part of the broader housing question of cities.
Worth of Award
- They offer two full-time PhD fellowships for 48 months with starting date on September 1st 2020.
- The candidate holds a diploma in the field of architecture, engineering-architecture, urban studies, urban planning, urban governance, social sciences or equivalent;
- The candidate obtained a Masters degree in one of the above (or related) domains, at at least distinguished her/himself from other fellow students with excellent academic results;
- The candidate preferably has interdisciplinary experience and sensitivity for the topic of housing for refugees in connecting with processes of homing and belonging;
- The candidate meets the requirements to begin the doctoral training and engages her/himself to complete a PhD;
- The candidate is interested in scientific research and will publish and co-publish in relevant international scholarly journals to effectively disseminate research results;
- The candidate is a good communicator and enjoys working in a team;
- The candidate is willing to learn languages that might prove useful for the research and is capable and prepared to conduct intensive filed and archival research in relevant contexts of investigation.
How to Apply
Applications are due on August 9th 2020 and should comprise:
- a letter of motivation (max. 1 A4);
- an updated CV.