PhD Planning for new rural generations: Rural newcomers and access to land

PhD Planning for new rural generations: Rural newcomers and access to land

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12 Feb 15 Mar Delft

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Job description

The PhD candidate will work within the context of a EU funded Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action (coordinated by the chair of Land Development of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft) on the opening of rural areas to renew rural generations, jobs and farms.

Research will involve the following activities:

  • Using regional workshops to make an inventory of the rural futures dreams of the youth and experienced obstacles for realising the dream;
  • Case studies (using mixed methods) on promising practices of rural newcomers, new entrants and successors;
  • In depth qualitative analysis of legal and policy arrangements to provide access to land, which will be based on a more general analysis of legal and policy arrangements. A more economic oriented candidate may also be involved in a quantitative analysis of land markets;
  • Policy assessment and development of new strategies based on knowledge developed;
  • The empircal part of the research will focus on the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Applicants must have completed a master degree or equivalent education in town and country planning, legal and administrative sciences or social and economic sciences.

Applicants must be willing and able to use a mixed-methods approach in a multidisciplinary research and innovation context.

Furthermore, applicants should demonstrate a solid background in articulating themselves in Dutch and English.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. 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 for more information.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around €38 million, of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The chair of the professor in Land Development focusses on research and education in instruments and strategies for land policy and spatial development from an administrative, legal and land economics point of view.


  • PhD positions
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2325—€2972 per month
  • University Graduate
  • BK2019/02


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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