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The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has developed the challenging Research Programme “Urban Futures: Transitions Towards Economic and Social Sustainability for Cities”. In this Programme faculty members from different subdisciplines of Human Geography and Spatial Planning work closely together on topics like governance of urban transitions, smart urban governance, urban infrastructures, healthy urban living, urban inequalities and diversities, transnational mobilities, economic resilience and networks and flows in and between urban regions. The Department is responsible for the Undergraduate Programme in Human Geography and Spatial Planning and for a number of Graduate Programmes like Spatial Planning, Human Geography (Urban and Economic Geography), International Development Studies and Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA).
For our NWO ASPASIA project “Inside the investment frontier” in the sub discipline of International Development Studies, we are looking for two PhD-candidates.
The project background
Global investments in large-scale infrastructural development have proliferated in recent years in Africa. Proponents argue that the investments are vital for further economic and social development in peripheral regions. Critical scholars and activists contend that such development model fails to generate opportunities for local populations because infrastructure and associated land acquisitions tend to displace and resettle them with little adequate follow-up. Mozambique currently represents a frontier of global investments that have led to over fifty displacement and resettlement projects. The expansion of the investment frontier is likely to lead to more of such projects.
Meanwhile, the country has established relatively progressive policies that oblige investors to conduct community consultations and obtain consent for those who would be resettled. Yet, grievances and redress systems remain weak, and processes of reconstructing livelihoods and adequate infrastructure in resettled communities are often controversial. Previous studies have largely focused on getting the procedures right, such as determining the fairer compensation. However, little is understood about new community-building and place-making that emerge out of resettlement experiences and new infrastructure development. As resettlement projects are becoming a part of larger regional and territorial development, including urbanization, it is urgent for us to understand what kind of places are made in and around resettled communities and explore the future transitions of these places.
In the two PhD projects in this project, ethnographic and visual studies will be conducted to explore the nature and extent of various resettlement experiences in central and northern part of Mozambique. Further, based on the insights derived from these field-based studies, a series of policy recommendations will be elaborated.
PhD project 1 will demand the following activities:
PhD project 2 will demand the following activities:
You are an enthusiastic and motivated PhD candidate who has:
We offer a temporary position (1,0 FTE) for one year. Depending on a good performance, this may be extended to a total period of four years, with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,222 and €2,840 (P-scale according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.
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The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has its focus on the enhancement of long-term economic developments of cities, how to cope with social inequalities and how to ensure a healthy urban living. Research on these topics takes place within our Research Programme “Urban Futures: Transitions Towards Economic and Social Sustainability for Cities”.
Our Research Programme is the basis for our Research Masters Human Geography and Geographical Information Management and Applications and Professional Masters in Human Geography, International Development Studies and Spatial Planning. The Department also runs a large and highly appreciated Bachelors Programme and is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research for PhD candidates. Unique characteristics of the Department are a special team focusing on innovations within teaching methods and a centre of expertise which brings the knowledge from fundamental research outside our university by educational programmes for high school teachers and professional consultancy for public partners.
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