One or more PhD Stipends in Designing and exploring solutions for sustainable everyday mobility in cities (SBI-19037)

Updated: 3 months ago

In the “Research Group on Sustainable Cities and Everyday Practices” at the Danish Building Research Institute (SBi), one or more PhD stipends are available within the general research program Planning and Development. SBi is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, AAU Copenhagen Campus. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 September 2019.

Job description

The massive local, regional and global challenges related to increasing levels of individual, car‐based transport in larger cities in Denmark and worldwide call for new knowledge on how to develop integrated, multi-modal and sustainable mobility solutions. This is the focus of a new project called SIMS, which aims at contributing to a sustainable mobility transition by exploring and developing new sustainable mobility solutions that are tailored to the everyday life of citizens. A specific focus is on integrating existing resource-efficient mobility solutions in cities, e.g. car and bike sharing, combined with social and physical measures to support the adoption of these new integrated and sustainable mobility solutions. SIMS involves explorative studies of existing mobility habits and practices as well as designing and trialing new solutions at specific neighborhoods in the Copenhagen area.

The PhD stipend will be an integrated part of the project and contribute to the development of new solutions to be trialed at the specific sites as well as to carry out empirical research on how these solutions are adopted by local residents and integrated into their everyday practices. Thus, in addition to more classical academic work, the PhD stipend should be open for also getting involved in creative design processes involving dialogue between project partners within the mobility area. The empirical approach of the PhD is based on qualitative methods and the theoretical approach is anchored within practice theory studies.

Candidates for the PhD stipend are expected to have a relevant social science education, e.g. within sociology, geography, urban planning, architecture, political science or anthropology. Competences in the performance of qualitative interviews (or similar qualitative methods, e.g. focus groups) are required as well as documented skills in Danish language at a proficient level. Knowledge on urban mobility, sustainable mobility or theories of practices is not a requirement, but candidates should have an interest in requiring competences within these fields during the PhD study. The SIMS project is financed by Innovation Fund Denmark and involves cooperation between 10 Danish partners from universities, municipalities/authorities, urban developers and companies offering mobility services. Find more information at the website (to be launched in the beginning of May 2019).

You may obtain further information from Senior Researcher Toke Haunstrup Christensen, Danish Building Research Institute, phone: +45 5142 7387, email: , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ,  phone: +45 9940 9589. For more information of the research program Planning and Development

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

We wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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