PhD position

PhD position

Published Deadline Location
6 Jul 1 Sep Delft
Modelling urban economic segregation in the Netherlands with microdata. A multidisciplinary approach.

Job description

Economic resources are distributed very unevenly among people (inequality), and people with a similar socioeconomic status tend to concentrate spatially (spatial segregation). Economic inequality and urban segregation are considered top challenges by international institutions, because they restrict the ability of the poorest individuals to get by in life, and because they affect life expectancy, social justice and cohesion for everyone. Socio-economic inequality and urban segregation phenomena are linked functionally – there could not be economic segregation in a population of identical individuals – and temporally: changes in economic inequality translate into changes in urban economic segregation, although this is delayed with a couple of decades within cities. However, despite the acknowledged link between economic inequality and economic segregation, the two phenomena are studied mostly in isolation and at different scales: inequality tends to be analysed at the national scale, whereas segregation is approached at the urban and regional scale. Consequently, there is a lack of understanding of both the spatial translation of inequality mechanisms, and of the interdependency between the economic composition of cities of the same country.

This PhD aims at bridging this gap theoretically and empirically, using the Netherlands as a case study. From the pool of existing explanations of economic inequality and urban segregation (such as: assortative mating, selective migration, urban form, contextual effects etc.), which are the most relevant ones to explain economic segregation in cities in general, and in Dutch cities in particular? How do they interact, theoretically and empirically? The idea is to integrate existing multidisciplinary knowledge about economic inequality and urban segregation at three geographical scales: national, urban and individual. More specifically, the first objective of the PhD is to identify the mechanisms which explain the evolution of urban economic segregation in general (through an extensive and multidisciplinary literature review), to select and prioritise them, to analyse their compatibility and their potential interactions (for instance: how different urban forms influence the magnitude of contextual effects). The second objective is to test these drivers of urban economic segregation empirically on the case of the Netherlands, using innovative statistical techniques and longitudinal Dutch register microdata.The candidate will consider the diversity of processes (residential, professional, social, etc.) and actors (families, schools, firms, neighbours, etc.) involved and analyse the exceptionally rich material of CBS microdata (which records individual, spatial and relational characteristics, longitudinally and exhaustively) in search for empirical evidence. The results of the PhD should increase our understanding of urban inequality and contribute to the design of efficient solutions.

The successful candidate will be funded by the ERC Starting Grant SEGUE and be supervised by Dr. Clémentine Cottineau (PI and co-promotor) and Prof. Maarten van Ham (Promotor).

Specifications

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Requirements

Need to have:

  • Completed* Masters degree in urban studies, spatial economics, economic geography, analytical sociology or other relevant fields linked to spatially orientated quantitative social science
  • Ability to handle and combine the abstract concepts and theories of inequality and segregation
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical methods and data analysis
  • Knowledge and experience of statistical programming (ex: R/Python/Stata)
  • Interest in multidisciplinarity research
  • Ability to work in a team, take initiative, be creative
  • Good command of verbal and written English

Nice to have:

  • Knowledge of the Dutch language or the willingness to learn as soon as possible
  • Experience of working with large empirical datasets (for instance for the Masters thesis)
  • Interest in open source software and scientific reproducibility

*at the time of the final interview on 22nd & 29th September 2022.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

 

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2443 per month in the first year to € 3122 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.

Employer

Delft University of Technology

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.


Challenge. Change. Impact! 

Department

Department

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a leading role in education and research worldwide. The driving force behind the faculty’s success is its robust research profile combined with the energy and creativity of its student body and academic community. It is buzzing with energy from early in the morning until late at night, with four thousand people studying, working, designing, conducting research and acquiring and disseminating knowledge. Our faculty has a strong focus on 'design-oriented research’, which has given it a top position in world rankings.

Staff and students are working to improve the built environment with the help of a broad set of disciplines, including architectural design, urban planning, building technology, social sciences, process management, and geo-information science. The faculty works closely with other faculties, universities, private parties, and the public sector, and has an extensive network in the Netherlands as well as internationally.


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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Clémentine Cottineau, email: c.cottineau@tudelft.nl

For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Caro Coemans, HR advisor, email: HR-BK@tudelft.nl

You can apply online by September 1, 2022 (6 pm CET) at the latest. Applications send by e-mail will not be processed.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD02261

Employer

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Application procedure

To apply, please prepare:

  • a detailed CV (including a list of research achievements and publications)
  • a short motivation letter addressing your interests and describing how you fit in the advertised position
  • the name and contact details of two references
  • your graduate transcripts
  • some proof of English language skills
  • the abstract of your MSc thesis (in English)

Compile these elements into a single pdf file named TUD02261_YourLastname.pdf and upload it on the application platform by September 1, 2022. Please note that applications will not be processed if all documents required are not compiled into a single pdf document.

If you are successful in the initial screening phase, you will be invited for a first interview on 24th June 2022. The second and final round of interviews will be held on 22nd & 29th September 2022.

Please note:
•    A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
•    You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
•    Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated. 

Application procedure

Application procedure

To apply, please prepare:

  • a detailed CV (including a list of research achievements and publications)
  • a short motivation letter addressing your interests and describing how you fit in the advertised position
  • the name and contact details of two references
  • your graduate transcripts
  • some proof of English language skills
  • the abstract of your MSc thesis (in English)

Compile these elements into a single pdf file named TUD02261_YourLastname.pdf and upload it on the application platform by September 1, 2022. Please note that applications will not be processed if all documents required are not compiled into a single pdf document.

If you are successful in the initial screening phase, you will be invited for a first interview on 24th June 2022. The second and final round of interviews will be held on 22nd & 29th September 2022.

Please note:
•    A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
•    You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
•    Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated. 

Make sure to apply no later than 1 Sep 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).