PhD Scholarship in Participatory Urban Governance at ETH Zurich

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in political science at ETH Zurich. The funds for this position are available for 4 years. This position is open until filled.

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. new position.The newly established research team in "Spatial Development and Urban Policy" is developing a research agenda in participatory urban governance that studies citizens’ preferences of large-scale urban infrastructure projects via survey research. The realization of large urban infrastructure projects is necessary to achieve long-term planning goals, yet such projects are frequently contested by citizens and they should meet democratic principles such as citizen participation, transparency and legitimacy.

We offer a PhD position (conditional on approval of the PhD proposal by the end of the first year) in a highly dynamic team and a stimulating intellectual environment. The position is funded for 3-4 years (which is the average time for completing a doctoral degree at ETH Zurich).

Requirements: (1) Completed Master degree in political science, public policy/public administration, urban planning/spatial planning or related disciplines; (2) Interest in urban governance, participation and survey research; (3) Good knowledge of quantitative methods as well as an interest in further developing methodological skills. Experience in survey research is an asset; (4) Ability to work both independently and in a team; (5) Motivation to pursue an academic career; (6) Good command of written and spoken English, command of German is an asset (the empirical work will be largely in German, publication output will be in English).


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