24/05/2022

PhD position in (Urban) Planning History and Construction History (4 years)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    HistoryOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    04/07/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Brussels
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2022

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Research project:

This vacancy fits within the framework of the EOS research project “Construction History, Above and Beyond. What History Can Do for Construction History”, directed by professors Michiel Dehaene (UGent), Dave De ruysscher (VUB, Tilburg University), Rika Devos (ULB), Johan Lagae (UGent), Stephanie Van de Voorde (VUB) and Ine Wouters (VUB). In total, 3 PhD positions and 4 postdoc positions are included in this project. An overview of the full project and all mandates involved can be consulted on: www.vub.be/arch/project/eos.

The EOS research project will set up a dialogue (in terms of sources, methodologies, concepts and cognitive interests) between Construction History and three other fields of history, namely Colonial History, Legal History and Planning History. As such, the project sets out to strengthen the historical dimension of Construction History, while simultaneously demonstrating its relevance and potential to other fields and disciplines. The project overall concentrates on selected aspects in 19th and 20th -century building knowledge and building practice in Belgium and its former colony, with particular attention for tacit knowledge, in order to voice crucial yet underrated actors, sources and types of knowledge.

The individual trajectory of each PhD researcher is embedded in this larger team, operating in the 3 universities (ULB, UGent and VUB). Intensive exchange and shared outcomes among team members are crucial for the success of the project. The PhD positions are each situated in one of the 3 fields of dialogue: (1) colonial history – construction history; (2) legal history – construction history and (3) planning history – construction history.
This specific vacancy is issued by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and engages in the dialogue between urban planning history and construction history. It is co-supervised by profs. Rika Devos (ULB) and Michiel Dehaene (UGent). The PhD is planned as a joint doctoral degree between both universities.

The dialogue between urban planning history and construction history will focus on the specific demands produced by the process of metropolitan transformation in the 20th century, both in the formation and expansion of the urban agglomerations of Brussels, Antwerp and Liège during the interbellum period and the Trentes Glorieuses. This sub-team studies the construction industry’s response to the specific demands of remodeling the urban geography and its building stock and the ensuing relationships between contractors, architects and emerging developers. It analyses both the local interaction of these actors as well as their organization in professional networks.

This PhD study focusses on the specific demands produced by the process of metropolitan transformation in the 20th century, both in the formation and expansion of the urban agglomerations of Brussels, Antwerp and Liège during the interwar period and the Trentes Glorieuses. The context of the study is shaped by the construction industry’s response to the specific demands of remodelling the urban geography and its building stock and the ensuing relationships between contractors, architects and emerging developers. It analyses both the local interaction of these actors as well as their organization in professional networks.

More specifically, the study explores the relationship between pioneering activity in the fringe and the remodelling of the urban core. From previous research at UGent we know that the same actors engaged in the development of greenfield development were also active in projects aimed at densification and retrofitting of the existing city, bringing not only specific development models but also specific institutional and technical capabilities. The doctoral track looks at three configurations in particular: (1) The role of contractors in building large metropolitan programs, starting from the fringe (e.g. Van Riel & Van den Bergh in Antwerp); (2) The emergence of specific development groups in Brussels producing some typical components of the post-war city (supermarkets, petrol stations, large-scale apartments); (3) The public-private development coalitions that combined investment in infrastructure with the ‘renewal’ of the urban core in Liège.

 

The successful candidate will be based alternatingly at ULB and UGent, to allow a dynamic interaction with the team members and a full insertion in both institutions.

More Information

Benefits

About the position:

- The PhD position is funded by a 4-year EOS research project and is offered as a bursary position, following the standards of ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles). See Research in a nutshell - ULB for further details. The project additionally covers expenses related to research visits, participation in conferences, publications, etc. as well as running costs.

- The successful PhD researcher will benefit from the open academic environment uniting 3 leading Belgian universities in the intensive collaboration on 1 project, of which the PhD is a constituent part.

- The successful PhD candidate will benefit from the guidance of the supervisors, the direct interaction with a postdoctoral researcher working also in the dialogue between Planning History and Construction History, the interaction with the full team and the visibility that will result from it. The researcher will also be supervised by a doctoral coaching committee and invited to engage in the doctoral training during the full duration of the project (2022-6).

- The successful PhD researcher will engage in educational activities at the involved departments at VUB. These activities can cover the guidance of students in exercises, following up MA thesis, etc. following the needs of the departments and the skills of the researcher. The amount of hours will not exceed the limits set by FNRS.

Selection process

How to apply?

Interested candidates can apply by submitting an application file containing the following documents:

- Motivation letter (in English, max 500 words), mentioning also the contents of the application file;

- Curriculum vitae with list of publications if available;

- Copy of the diploma (if graduated) and grade record of MA studies;

- A sample of writing: your MA thesis (when finished) and/or your best research paper (individual work, in Dutch, French or English);

- Annexes when relevant (publications, award certificates, etc.)

 

Applications need to be sent to Rika.Devos@ulb.be no later than July 4 2022, midnight. After pre-selection based on the application file, possible candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews are planned from August 22 2022 onwards.

 

Timing:

Applications are expected on Monday July 4 2022 (noon, CET)

Communication of pre-selected applications (by email): mid-July 2022.

Interviews are planned from August 22 2022 onwards, on invitation, and the results will be communicated soon after.

Start of the mandate: from October 1 2022 onwards.

Additional comments

Contact for more information:

Prof. Rika Devos: Rika.Devos@ulb.be

Prof. Michiel Dehaene: Michiel.Dehaene@ugent.be

See also:

AIA - Architectural Engineering (ulb.ac.be)

www.ugent.be/ea/architectuur/nl

Web site for additional job details

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    FRENCH: Good
    DUTCH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Required profile:

We are looking for candidates with a good track record in architectural sciences or urbanism during their studies and who are passionate about research in these fields.

 

The candidate will hold one of following MA degrees (Master 120):

- MA in Architecture;

- MA in Urbanism;

- MA in Architectural Engineering;

or equivalent.

 

Also MA students graduating in the academical year 2021-2022 are welcomed.

Researchers (assistants and other) holding a mandate over a total (cumulated) period of 12 months (365 days) cannot apply.

 

Specific Requirements

The candidate needs to demonstrate an affinity for (urban) planning history and:

- fluent passive knowledge of both Dutch and French. Attention: this is a binding requirement as it is necessary for archival research;

- a B2 level in English;

- a passion for research in these domains, including archival research;

- good editing skills, to be demonstrated by a sample of writing: a copy of the MA thesis and/or a research paper;

- good competences in teamwork and has good social skills;

- an interest in participating in international congresses.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Belgium
Brussels
1050
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50, CP 194/2

EURAXESS offer ID: 789297

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