PhD studentships on urban violence and security available at ETH Zurich

27 Jul 2016
PhD studentships on urban violence and security available at ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich has advertised two PhD studentships to work on topics related to urban violence reduction, and urban design and security. At least one of the students should work in South Africa.

The first studentship will be linked to an interdisciplinary research project focusing on urban violence reduction. The planned research should focus on violence reduction policies in urban settings in Colombia and/or South Africa, and should involve the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and geographic modelling. Interaction with local and international practitioners is expected. The project will be based at ISTP and draws on a collaboration of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) and the Laboratory for Energy Conversion. This full-time position is limited to four years, within which a PhD thesis at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (D-GESS) should be concluded.

The second is for an interdisciplinary research project focusing on urban design and urban security. The planned research should focus on the role of urban design, architectural and non-digital technologies in fostering resilient cities in Colombia and South Africa. Specifically, it should comparatively look into the fragmented space of urban environments in these two countries and develop statements about best and worst practices in the area of developing urban design solutions for problems of urban security. It should also involve on-site fieldwork to produce qualitative, quantitative and geographical data. Interaction with local and international practitioners is expected. The project will be based at ISTP and draws on a collaboration of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) and the Urban-Think Tank (U-TT). This full-time position is limited to four years, within which a PhD thesis at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (D-GESS) should be concluded.

For further enquiries, please consider the information on the website or contact Prof Dr Andreas Wenger (no application documents).

Candidates should apply online only no later than 19 September 2016 with attention to 'ETH Zurich, Mr. Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich'. Please include a letter of interest explaining the skills and motivation you would bring to the post, a CV, and one to two single-authored writing samples (e.g. master thesis). Applications via e-mail cannot be considered.


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