Reannouncement: PhD Position in Urban Planning and Energy Transition (20-22060G)

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Reannouncement: PhD Position in Urban Planning and Energy Transition (20-22060G)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, a 3-year PhD position is available to primarily contribute to the Urban Planning and Management study program, Urban, Energy, and Environmental Planning, Sustainable Design, and Surveying. The PhD position will be situated at Aalborg University at the Aalborg campus with visits to the Copenhagen campus. The position is available from 1 October 2022, or soonest thereafter. The Department of Development and Planning conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including social science aspects as well as more technical aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international as well as administrative dimensions.

Job description

The PhD position is related to two newly funded JPI Urban Europe projects (2022) on the Positive Energy Districts (PED) KINETIC and FLEXPOSTS that focus on the energy transition at the neighbourhood scale in Danish cities. The PhD research will focus on participatory and deliberative planning through the engagement of communities of citizens and stakeholders to understand and create positive energy solutions and the regulatory and interaction framework on effects and implementation of such solutions in terms of resources, capacity, practice, and procedures in urban planning. Teaching will serve the master's in Urban Planning and Management and other education at Aalborg University aiming to a fresh view on bringing together urban planning and energy transitions.

The overall theme of the PhD position is on the role of knowledge and changing planning paradigms within the socio-technical transformation of neighbourhoods towards positive energy districts, as both technical systems and urban contexts. The research is positioned between urban planning and the energy transition, with an angle on planning as social infrastructure, building communities, and the creation of new partnerships through positive energy solutions that lever the capacity at the neighbourhood and local scales. The PhD will collaborate on the activation of urban living labs with, a deliberative and participatory planning approach to open and inclusive positive energy solutions to understand the impact and barriers to the implementation of PED on various scales. The PhD research is on planning theories and methods that can include, integrate, and adapt technical energy solutions to support broader participation across urban processes for the energy transition. The PhD will work on two case studies enhancing novel ways to understand positive energy districts by building collaboratively new capacities and resources for planning reflexively the energy transition as an integral part of sustainable urban futures. The PhD will explore theoretical and methodological case studies and action research in urban planning with an angle on the energy transitions required by contemporary urban society.

The PhD will be based at the Planning for Urban Sustainability (PLUS) research group at Aalborg University, at the Aalborg campus. The case studies will be settled in two diverse districts in Aalborg and Copenhagen. The PhD candidate is expected to work in presence.

You may obtain further information from Associate Professor Kristian Olesen, phone +45 9940 7211 concerning the scientific aspects of the position.

 Qualification requirements:

 - A master's degree in Urban Planning, Sustainability Studies, Energy Planning, or similar related fields. 

- A proven experience in collaborative research projects and motivation for the position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

- The applicant's academic and research experience

- Good collaboration skills and experience with interdisciplinary studies

- Scientific merit in research-related progress

- Proficiency in Danish or another Scandinavian language is an advantage for fulfilling teaching obligations and conducting the required fieldwork in the PhD research

The application must contain:

  • A motivation letter
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Copy of educational degrees
  • Applicants can also enclose recommendation letters if they wish to do so

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 Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design 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 at regular points in time.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: , phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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