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MSCA-COFUND-CLEAR-Doc - PhD Position #CD21-04: Prospective mobility to horizon 2060

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    Université Gustave Eiffel
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/03/2022 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    France › Marne-La-Vallée
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND


The daily mobility behaviors that structure our territories have been built since the 1960s, with an increasing access to car and car use. Indeed, the rapid diffusion of the driving license to the whole population has made it possible for a large number of people to have access to the use of the automobile. The increase in the volume of the vehicle fleet was the result of multiple socio-economic resultants (increase in household income, more motorized seniors, multi-motorization of households, urban sprawl, etc.).

After 2010, we noted the following breaks in the trend:

- Income was no longer the main determinant of household motorization and circulation, and that following a phenomenon of decoupling, geographic factors now play a central role.

- Young people under 25 have a higher probability of not having the license compared to previous generations. Will this new generation catch up with the previous one when they are in their thirties? This development is not specific to France since it has been observed in a few Western countries (Millard-Ball and Schipper, 2010; Schipper, 2011; Kuhnimof et al., 2012).

- The pandemic can have an impact on the short term (reduction in the number of trips), but also on long-term mobility (and land use planning). Particularly in the context of the development of teleworking, this can allow individuals to stay further away from their workplace.

It is for this reason that the mobility projections which extended past trends are now clearly inappropriate and must now take into account trend breaks with regard to economic, geographic, societal, demographic and epidemic changes. The main goal of the thesis will be to make projections of mobility by 2060. Beforehand, it will be necessary to:

- Explore how these relationships change over time;

- Understand the long-term impact of the pandemic on daily mobility;

- Study the cultural dimensions (Geert Hofstede, 2001).

An interesting dimension of the thesis will be to compare whether the correlations between mobility and other dimensions (economic, geographic, societal, demographic and epidemic) are identical between Australia and France. It will be necessary to analyze in particular the phenomena linked to the ups and downs of the economy (temporary or lasting decline in household resources linked in particular to periods of unemployment; fluctuating fuel prices, in particular for the most vulnerable populations (poor and / or living in outer suburbs).

The simulation of long-term mobility projections will be developed based on determinants and the structural evolution of their influence. Our perspective will consist in favoring long-term dynamics through the different dimensions highlighted by the demographic approach: specificity of each generation, aging of the population, rapprochement of the behavior of men and women, urban sprawl and increasing motorization and also scenario regarding the long-term impact of the pandemic on mobility.

International Mobility:

This thesis will be in cosupervision with University of Sydney (Australia), Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS). For more information; contact the PhD thesis supervisor.


More Information


  • High-quality doctoral training rewarded by a PhD degree, delivered by Université Gustave Eiffel
  • Access to cutting-edge infrastructures for research & innovation.
  • Appointment for a period of 36 months based on a salary of 2 700 € (gross salary per month).
  • Job contract under the French labour legislation in force, respecting health and safety, and social security: 35 hours per week contract, 25 days of annual leave per year.
  • International mobility will be mandatory
  • An international environment supported by the adherence to the European Charter & Code.
  • Access to dedicated CLEAR-Doc trainings with a strong interdisciplinary focus, together with a Career development Plan.

Eligibility criteria

  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in possession or finalizing their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree. At the time of recruitment, applicants must be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career (career breaks excluded) and not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. Career breaks refer to periods of time where the candidate was not active in research, regardless of his/her employment status (sick leave, maternity leave etc). Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.
  • Applicants must be available to start the programme on schedule (around 1st October 2022).

Selection process

Additional comments

  • The First step before applying is contacting the PhD supervisor. You will not be able to apply without an acceptation letter from the PhD supervisor.
  • Please contact the PhD supervisor for any additional detail on job offer.
  • There are no restrictions concerning the age, gender or nationality of the candidates. Applicants with career breaks or variations in the chronological sequence of their career, with mobility experience or with interdisciplinary background or private sector experience are welcome to apply.
  • Support service is available during every step of the application process by email: clear-doc@univ-eiffel.fr

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Offer Requirements

    Sociology: Master Degree or equivalent
    Economics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Geography: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in possession or finalizing their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree.
  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.

Work location(s)
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Université Gustave Eiffel
5, Boulevard Descartes

EURAXESS offer ID: 718005


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