Ph.D. Fellowship in Smart Urbanization 2017, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden

Publish Date: Mar 16, 2017

Deadline: Mar 20, 2017

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Built Environment

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Architecture and the Built Environment is one of ten schools at KTH. We employ about 700 people and we have about 3 000 students. We have a unique breadth of subject range where we educate and research on future society, about how cities, buildings and infrastructure should be designed and built. On how to create a good living environment for people while taking into account environmental, energy, economic and social factors. We are proud of the good relations we have with industry and other players in the world. 

Job description

Smart urbanization is quickly emerging as an influential approach to realise more sustainable cities by integrating information and communication technologies (ICT) with existing infrastructure services. Smart projects are often situated in designated innovation districts, demonstration areas, and testbeds sites that promise to deliver radical innovation. To date, there has been little evidence of how these bounded spaces of innovation influence the patterns, policies, and politics of urban development. 

This Ph.D. studentship involves a four-year study of the political and spatial aspects of smart urbanization in Europe. The researcher will investigate how notions of smart are conceived and enacted in distinct spatial configurations and how these activities inform urban development policies and dynamics. Research activities will involve comparative ethnographic and spatial analysis of smart projects in various European cities. The position is based at Urban and regional studies at the KTH campus in central Stockholm. Andrew Karvonen is project leader and supervisor.

KTH offers an attractive working environment, generous remuneration, and other employment benefits. Ph.D. students at KTH have many opportunities to participate in conferences, projects, and other relevant events to extend their professional networks and benefit their future careers.


The candidate will possess a Master’s degree or equivalent competence in a relevant discipline such as urban and regional planning, human geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, public administration, environmental science or science & technology studies, or similar academic subjects. Applicants should have an very good academic track record with a clear understanding of theories and practice of sustainability and innovation as they relate to urban development. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience and capabilities in qualitative and spatial research methods. The individual will be ambitious and creative with a strong motivation to conduct critical academic research on smart urbanization and have the ability to work independently as well as in teams. The successful candidate is expected to be fluent in spoken and written English. Additional languages are beneficial but not required. The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge, and references.

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To apply for this position, log into KTH's recruitment system. The applicant is responsible to ensure that his or her application is complete according to the advertised specifications.

The application must include:

  • Cover letter: a one-page summary of the application
  • Curriculum vitae: a summary (maximum two pages) of your relevant academic, professional, and other achievements and experience
  • Academic qualifications: Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts from previously attended university-level institutions (provide English translations for documents in other languages)
  • Statement of purpose: a document (maximum two pages) stating why you are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree on this topic, giving an account of your academic interests and background
  • Writing samples: a maximum of two writing samples such as publications, reports, and/or dissertations/theses
  • Recommendation letters: a minimum of two recommendation letters

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).


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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2017-0353
  • Andrew Karvonen/Assistant Professor, +46 8 790 92 62
  • Yvonne Alm/Human Resources Officer, +46 8 790 94 32
Published 23.Feb.2017
Last application date 20.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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