PhD: Linking People & Places & Redefining Neighbourhoods
This is a 4-year PhD position (with an initial contract for 1 year) within the European Research Council (ERC) funded Consolidator Grant research project DEPRIVEDHOODS: Socio-spatial inequality, deprived neighbourhoods, and neighbourhood effects, led by the principal investigator Prof. Maarten van Ham. DEPRIVEDHOODS is a methodologically challenging inter-disciplinary and international 5-year research project with 10 researchers in four countries, using unique, geo-referenced longitudinal data from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and the Netherlands. The objective is to come to a better understanding of the relationship between socio-economic inequality, poverty and neighbourhoods, at a time when the spatial concentration of poverty within cities is of great concern. DEPRIVEDHOODS will break new ground by studying neighbourhood sorting over the life course, neighbourhood change, and neighbourhood effects, within one theoretical and analytical framework. The PhD student will work on a PhD thesis based on co-authored, peer-reviewed publications under the supervision of Prof. van Ham, a post-doc and international collaborators. The student will use GIS to investigate how to better operationalise neighbourhoods, including using alternative neighbourhood geographies, and how to take into account the impact of neighbourhood definition when modelling neighbourhood effects.
The candidate holds a Master degree in human geography or another spatially aware social science (demography, sociology, economics). The candidate must have a strong quantitative background with experience using SPSS, STATA, SAS or R for secondary data analysis (including regression analysis). In addition the candidate should be familiar with spatial data analysis and the use of geographic information systems (e.g. ArcGIS). The candidate is willing to go on short trips and has a good command of spoken and written English (Dutch is an advantage but not necessary). A willingness to work in a team, good communication skills, excellent study results, and academic writing skills are regarded as assets.
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.phd.tudelft.nl
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For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Maarten van Ham, phone: +31 (0)15-2782782, e-mail: email@example.com
. To apply, please send a detailed CV and the contact information of two references along with a letter of application by 27 June 2014 to Mrs. C. Moualed, HR-OTB@tudelft.nl
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2014-04.
Delft University of Technology
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OTB - Research for the Built Environment specialises in independent research in the field of housing, construction and the built environment. The policy areas of OTB are centred around aspects of the built environment. Research is carried out into such areas as housing, urban renewal, transport and infrastructure, urban and regional development, sustainable building and building policy, land policy, geo-information resources and GIS technology. OTB is a department in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology.
The Urban Renewal and Housing research group, led by Prof. Maarten van Ham, investigates neighbourhoods and cities as changing social sites and as sites of governance and civic action, including effects of neighbourhoods on residents and how residents affect neighbourhood stratification. The research programme focuses on three strongly interrelated broad themes: 1) neighbourhood effects, 2) neighbourhoods as sites of governance and civic action, 3) neighbourhood change and stratification. The staff of this research group has backgrounds in demography, sociology, geography and economics.