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The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is hiring a doctoral candidate on a challenging topic of social governance and inclusion in a local energy market. This fully-funded and four-year PhD position is part of the LIFE (Local Inclusive Future Energy City Platform) project.
The LIFE project is interdisciplinary and aims to design and implement a district-scale smart energy management platform that enables energy governance by the local stakeholders. This LIFE platform will include a local energy market (LEM) that will facilitate peer-to-peer energy exchanges. Your Ph.D. research will address a crucial social challenge — inclusion and participation of stakeholders, such as local communities and households in local energy governance — at the heart of the project.
The field location of the LIFE project is the ArenApoort urban district, situated in Amsterdam-Southeast, The Netherlands. The ArenApoort comprises an intriguing mix of local energy producers and consumers ranging from high-end office buildings to social housing complexes. On the one hand, large businesses and offices are the stakeholders of the LIFE platform. On the other hand, 5000 homes of lower-income homeowners and local communities are desired participants in the local energy governance of the LIFE platform. These contrasting stakeholders have different needs, preferences, and values that require a nuanced understanding and embedding in the platform's design right from the onset.
As a PhD candidate, you will take an anthropological perspective to research the broad theme of social governance and inclusion in a LEM. Your doctoral research will critically engage with the following interconnected challenges:
You will conduct an ethnography of these challenges and issues. Your supervisory team will support you to develop your research direction within these challenges. The LIFE project will engage with ArenApoort as a 'living lab' where functional prototypes of the LIFE platforms will be iteratively installed and investigated. The prototypes will also serve as a vehicle for your research as the social practices and discussions emerging with the local use of the prototypes will become the object of your ethnographic inquiry. This interdisciplinary research approach brings together perspectives from anthropology and design research, which will be used to develop both a critical understanding of the topic and empirically explore novel concepts and ideas identified in the study.
You will be jointly supervised by Prof. David V. Keyson, Prof. Bregje van Eekelen, and Dr. Abhigyan Singh. As members of the leading international faculty in design research, we are building expertise in the emerging domain of design anthropology.
Your ethnographic research will be facilitated by the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute). You will be expected to assist in teaching activities related to your expertise. You will have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with industrial partners (Alliander and Spectral Energy), societal partner (Stichting CoForce), as well as academics from other disciplines (law and power engineering).
Fixed-term contract: 48 maanden.
TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.
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