1. **CURA urban methodolgies summer school

The Centre for Urban Research on Austerity is pleased to announce its second (virtual) Urban Methodologies Summer School 21-24 June 2021. Registration is free and open to all PhD students based in the UK or abroad. However, availability is limited.

The UMSS will feature four masterclass sessions led by Prof. Nazgol Bagheri (University of Texas San Antonio), Dr Begoña Amarayona (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), Prof. Verónica Crossa (Colegio de México) and Prof. Loretta Lees (University of Leicester). These sessions will cover novel and innovative approaches to researching the urban sphere: critical qualitative GIS, visual based methods and ethnography, research ethics in the public urban space and discourse analysis for urban space research. A workshop on collaborative mapping online research will also be held with researchers of the international research project SOLIVID, and a General Lecture by Prof. Oriol Nel·lo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) titled “the City and the Pandemic”.

For more information visit: https://curaumss.wordpress.com/

2. **Scholarship opportunities: 7 fully funded PhD Scholarships in Spatial Sciences @ University of Groningen. The PhD positions are PhD Scholarship positions. PhD Scholarships provide candidates with a unique opportunity to propose their own interdisciplinary research project. The proposed PhD research topic must both fit within, and explicitly contribute to, the Faculty Research Programme tWIST – towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation. Furthermore, the research topic must fit within the scope of one of the research themes below. Please click on a specific research theme to get a full description.Research themes
1. Water as leverage for urban climate resilience in coastal areas
(Link: https://www.rug.nl/(…)tial-sciences#thema1)
2. Spatial spillovers of well-being: modelling the spatial inter-dependencies of happiness and its determinants
(Link: https://www.rug.nl/(…)tial-sciences#theme2)
3. Immigrants’ return migration from the Netherlands
(Link: https://www.rug.nl/(…)tial-sciences#theme3)
4. Families and school classes as contexts for mobility and life chances
(Link: https://www.rug.nl/(…)tial-sciences#theme4)
5. Inclusive mobility and accessibility
(Link: https://www.rug.nl/(…)tial-sciences#theme5)
6. Data, dialogue and decision making: design thinking in participatory processes with digital tools for creating sustainable landscapes
(Link: https://www.rug.nl/(…)tial-sciences#theme6)
7. A step in the right direction: exploring spatial scenarios for transformation of urban pedestrian mobility
(Link: https://www.rug.nl/(…)tial-sciences#theme7)
8. Assembling new subterranean energy regimes: Vertical and horizontal explorations in renewable energy transitions
(Link: https://www.rug.nl/(…)tial-sciences#theme8)


In order to apply for the fully-funded PhD Scholarship we are looking for a candidate with:

• a (Research) Master degree in Cultural or Economic Geography, Real Estate, Planning, Demography, or a related social-science discipline (obtained before 1 September 2021)
• excellent study results
• good writing skills and fluency in English; preferably experience in academic writing
• interdisciplinary affinity with social sciences and a keen interest in topics related to the Faculty’s research program
• strong conceptual thinking with the desire and capacity to relate theoretical topics to practical challenges and solutions
• strong motivation, good communicative skills, proactive and independent work attitude
• strong planning skills, good in organizing own work and related activities
• a great drive and enthusiasm.


The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (RUG) is looking for PhD Scholarship candidates. We offer 7 fully-funded PhD Scholarships at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences starting 1 September 2021.

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences consists of approximately 100 members of staff, 100 PhD students and around 1.000 undergraduate students. We focus on high quality teaching and research in the fields of social and economic geography, demography, and spatial planning. It is our mission to produce research, which is world-leading, distinctive, and policy-relevant. With two Bachelor programmes, six Master programmes, and a Research Master we provide a wide range of courses within the fields of geography and spatial sciences.


We offer PhD Scholarships for excellent students for a period 4 years. We offer coaching to facilitate a smooth process and a timely completion of your PhD thesis. You will participate in the Faculty’s Urban and Regional Studies Institute (URSI) PhD training program for PhD students as part of your personal training and supervision plan. Part of the training consists of following the Career Perspectives curriculum, which aims to prepare you for your (academic or non-academic) career after your PhD trajectory.

The PhD Scholarship Programme is part of the national PhD Scholarship programme issued by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). PhD Scholarships amount to a scholarship (stipend) of € 2,207 gross per month from the University of Groningen for a period of four years.

Please note that PhD Scholarship positions are different from employed PhD positions, that also exist in The Netherlands. In general, the conditions between the two types of PhD positions differ, for example in the possibility to choose one’s own research subject, the possibility to teach, and payment and certain social benefits.


What do you have to do and what are the evaluation criteria?

We ask you to:
• Develop and submit your own PhD proposal (max 2000 words) connected to the research theme you apply for. Both the fit to the research theme and the contribution will be an explicit consideration in the evaluation of the PhD proposal. We expect you to develop your own PhD Scholarship proposal. For the Proposal format, see: www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-spatial-sciences/phd-programme/ursi-phd-proposal-format.docx
• Write a cover letter (no more than 1 page) about why you want to receive a PhD Scholarship at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen;
• CV including names and contact details of two Academic References;
• Add the results (grades) of your Research Master or Master program
• Provide proof of sufficient competence in English (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS).

The procedure consists of the following steps:
• Upload full applications (1. Cover letter, 2. CV, 3. Grades, 4. Proposal) until 2 May 11:59pm / before 3 May 2021 Dutch local time (CET)
• Short listed candidates will be invited for an interview in which they present their proposed PhD research proposal. This interview will take place between 17 – 28 May 2021
• Accepted candidates start preferably 1 September 2021.

Before approaching the supervisor that is attached to the research theme, draft a short research proposal (300-500 words) fitting the respective research theme. Also prepare a short CV of max. 2 pages. With these documents at hand you may contact the supervisor for further discussion, advice or in case you have questions about the content.

Graduate School of Spatial Sciences
For more information about the different conditions per PhD position, please contact the coordinator of the Graduate School: Dr Sanne Ponsioen, emailaddress: s.n.ponsioen@rug.nl

For any questions regarding the PhD scholarship position (e.g. procedure, process), you can contact the Office manager of the Graduate School: Tineke Dijkman: emailaddress: gradschool.fss@rug.nl

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

3. **The digital workshop series Dislocating Urban Studies: Rethinking Theory, Shifting Practice has its third workshop coming up.

Challenging Methodologies and Methods will take place on April 15-16 and in addition to 16 interesting papers, will have interventions from Carina Listerborn (Malmö University), Jennifer Robinson (University College London), Ola Söderström (University of Neuchâtel), and Elena Trubina (Ural Federal University).

The event is organized by the Institute for Urban Research, Malmö University in collaboration with the Global Development Studies Discipline and Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki.

Day 1, Thursday 15 April, 9:10 – 17:10 CET

Day 2, Friday 16 April 9:10 – 17:30 CET

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4. **Scholarships at the University of Queensland

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5. **Webinar: Tools For Climate-Smart Decision Making | 23 April 2021.

ESA & the Space Climate Observatory present developing climate-smart decision tools

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6. ** We would like to draw your attention to the call for the 2021 edition of the PhD programme in Regional Science and Economic Geography at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI). It would be great if you could circulate the attached call within your organisation and network.

Our PhD programme builds upon the research and expertise of the Social Sciences area (see below for details). We welcome students with different backgrounds, including (albeit not limited to) regional economics (and other related fields within applied economics), economic geography, and sociology. The programme is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach and provides a training in Regional Science, Economic Geography, Economics of Innovation, Culture and Tourism Economics, Policy and Project Evaluation, using both Quantitative and Qualitative Methods.

Given the nature of our programme, we would very much welcome applications from students who intend to work on original and cutting-edge topics using a regional/geographical perspective. Hence, we think that our programme could be of interest to your students. 

The GSSI PhD programme is a 4-year one. This year we will accept 8 students (one of these will work on an externally funded project on “Productivity and resilience”). All our students will benefit from a full scholarship of approximately 16,100 Euro per year (with an additional 50% increase for approved periods of research abroad). We also provide a generous accommodation plan (free accommodation at the “student residence” during the first year, and a financial contribution starting in the second year), free meal vouchers, fee waiver, and a lump sum for the purchase of a computer.

Deadline for applications is 14th June 2021 (5pm Italian time). On April 24th, 16.00 (Italian time) we will organise a virtual Open Day for interested prospective students. We invite applicants to visit the following EVENTBRITE website for details and event registration: Click Here 

All informal enquiries can be directed to: rseg@gssi.it.

 The research environment

The GSSI is a recently created international PhD School based in L’Aquila, an historical city, capital of the Abruzzo Region, about an hour East of Rome and an hour West of the Adriatic coast, in the beautiful Apennine mountains. The GSSI was established in 2012, also thanks to the endorsement by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It is a “curiosity-driven science centre”, which operates in 4 different research areas, including Social Sciences. 

The faculty of GSSI Social Sciences area is fast growing and very diverse, with previous experience in top international institutions in countries, such as the USA, UK, Spain, France and the Netherlands. Our team benefits from a wide network of top scholars working on a variety of topics, who regularly interact with the students through lectures and seminars. We are a research-intensive unit, with a very favourable student/faculty ratio. We are engaged in a number of research projects funded by European, national and local bodies. Our faculty publishes on top academic outlets in our fields of interests, including Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Regional Science, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society, Research Policy, Urban Geography, Journal of Rural Studies, Geoforum and Spatial Economic Analysis. We advise local and international policy-making bodies like the OECD, the European Commission, the Bank of Italy and several Italian Ministeries. Our students benefited from internships at the OECD and the European Commission and won several national and international prizes for their doctoral work.

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7. **Webinar: Tools For Climate-Smart Decision Making | 23 April 2021.

ESA & the Space Climate Observatory present developing climate-smart decision tools

Click Here To Apply

8. Google Earth Engine networking and workshop day. –

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08 APRIL 2021

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9. ARSET – Introduction to Population Grids Training –

ARSET – Introduction to Population Grids and their Integration with Remote Sensing Data for Sustainable Development and Disaster Management.

March 30 and April 6, 2021

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10. In support of the Sustainable Development Goals, Technische Universität Dresden (CIPSEM) is offering a range of integrated environmental management courses in 2021 (online-based format) and 2022 (format to be defined):

💧82th UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Short Course on Integrated Water Resources Management (SC82)

>> Application period: 02 March to 13 April 2021
>> Course period: 06 September to 15 October 2021 (online)
🌳83th UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Short Course on
Ecosystem Restoration towards a Green Recovery (SC83)
>> Application period: 02 March to 13 April 2021
>> Course period: 01 November to 10 December 2021 (online)
🍃45th UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Postgraduate Course on
Environmental Management for Developing Countries (EM45)
>> Application period: 01 April to 12 May 2021
>> Course period: 12 January to 14 July 2022 (format – online or on site – to be defined in the end of 2021)
More info at: See Details
The courses are FULLY FUNDED!!
11. 10 PhD positions available for developing context-based approaches for rural-urban areas.See Details
12. Urban Studies Foundation International Scholarships See Details
13. Call for Applications: Augsburg-Munich International Doctorate Program – Rethinking Environment: The Environmental Humanities and the Ecological Transformation of Society See Details 
14. Impacts of collaborative workspaces in rural and peripheral areas PhD positions See Details
15. International Climate Protection Fellowships See Details
16. 2021 Global Scholars Academy See Details
17. Policy Expo Grant Scheme at See details