PhD Position in Smart Sustainable Cities

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 30 May 2019

The Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance (RND) offers a PhD Position in Smart Sustainable Cities.
Supervisors: Dr. Ralf-Martin Soe and Professor Robert Krimmer.

The RND specializes on interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of public policy, e-government and smart cities, focusing on research and teaching in the field of Smart Sustainable Cities (SSC). The RND has recently initiated several smart city projects, ranging from automated buses (Sohjoa Baltic) to digital twin cities (Finest Twins) to strategic partnership with city of Tallinn (TalTechCity), and also to European and Latin American collaboration in research and teaching (Cap4City). This PhD project contributes mainly to Cap4City European-Latin America research and teaching collaboration but may go beyond this.

Smart Sustainable Cities (SSC) represent a progression of how European and Latin American cities apply digital technologies to serve their populations, pursue sustainable socio-economic development, and transform themselves. The urban development that leads SSC requires a growing number of competencies to work together in order to plan, design, implement and manage the ongoing transformations of the city, enabled by technological innovation.
Although it is a concept that has gained great attention in globally, there is still a need for improving research and improving curricula in all levels of education process in the field of SSC, especially in Latin America. Coordinated by Danube University Krems (Austria), the consortium of Cap4City counts with 12 partners from 4 countries in Europe (Austria, Estonia, Poland and the Netherlands) and 4 countries in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia).

Project description
Given the increasing number of competencies needed and its interdisciplinary characteristic, the curricula for SSC will be implemented in areas such as ICT, Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering, Architecture and Urbanism, Urban Planning, Political Science, among others, using a collaborative and international network of selected academic institutions in Latin America and Europe.
The main outputs of the project include:

  • joint publications with key e-government scholars globally and
  • the development, evaluation and implementation of new courses and programmes on SSC to reach students, policy makers, public managers and other members of the city administration, professionals, managers and entrepreneurs, as well as university faculty that will be trained to apply the developed ICT-based tools to their classes.
  • besides academic curricula and specialization programmes, the project will provide an e-learning platform filled with a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on SSC.

The main impacts of the project are:

  • to improve the quality of learning and teaching tools, methodologies and pedagogical approaches in the Latin America region
  • to increase the employability and competitiveness of the students
  • for the faculty members to increase the quality of their classes by using new learning and teaching tools and new content
  • promoting life-long learning

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