Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie

European Joint Doctorate Programme urbanHist

15 PhD positions offered – Application Deadline 15.12.16

The European Joint Doctorate Programme urbanHist | 20th Century European Urbanism announces 15 PhD positions running for 36 months between 2017 and 2020 at 4 European universities in Germany, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.


UrbanHist is an integrated research and doctorate programme funded by the European Union in the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. It aims to develop and sustainably promote a joint understanding of 20th century European Urbanism. UrbanHist offers a unique opportunity to 15 early stage researches to investigate various topics related to comprehensive studies on the history of european urbanism in the twentieth century. The 15 early stage researchers will receive multidisciplinary training from high-profile academics and practitioners and will be awarded a double degree of two of the four universities. For the duration of 36 months, they will be employed at the hosting university.


The programme is run by a consortium of universities in co-operation with institutions and companies operating in the fields of planning, urban design, architecture, management, history etc. The Consortium is formed by Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Germany), Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (Sweden), Universidad de Valladolid (Spain) and Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach (Slovakia). At each of these universities,  4 respectively 3 PhD positions are offered, you find an overview attached.


For more information on the research fields included in the UrbanHist programme and on each position, on application requirements as well as on the conditions the programme provides, please choose your field of interest and follow the hyperlink.


Please note: in the Horizon 2020 European Joint Doctorates, two main conditions apply:

- the programme addresses only early stage researchers, which means within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of research activity, including the period of research training. Researchers who are already holding a doctoral degree are not eligible.

- the European transnational mobility policy applies: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country they apply to for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment.



In case of any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the consortium via: urbanhist@archit.uni-weimar.de or the respective colleagues in charge for a specific research field.

Overview on the PhD-positions offered

Field of research: [BUW 1] Historiography of European urbanism

PhD positions:

[BUW 1.1] Historiography of European urbanism in the 20th century. Critical analysis of cross-nationally  oriented publications in Slavic languages

[BUW 1.2] Historiography of European urbanism in the 20th century. Critical analysis of cross-nationally  oriented publications in English


Field of research: [BUW 2]  Urbanism, political and development strategies

PhD positions:

[BUW 2.1] Central planned economies and weak urban planning. Explaining a paradox in the European countries of state socialism

[BUW 2.2] Urbanism in Europe in  the 20th century. 100 years of reforming capitalism


Hosting university: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Germany)

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Field of research: [UVa 1] Public infrastructure, social housing and evolution of cities

PhD positions:

[UVa 1.1] Housing and early 20th century urbanism in Europe: sharing ideas, models and practices beyond frontiers

[UVa 1.2] Contemporary history of technical Infrastructures in European cities and in urban planning



Field of research: [UVa 2] Urbanism, heritage and urban planning in Europe

PhD positions:

[UVa 2.1] Urban heritage planning, its relations to real-estate, economic and social models in 20th century Europe

[UVa 2.2] Urbanism and landscape in the evolution of urban heritage policies during the 20th century


Hosting university: Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)

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Field of research: [UPJS 1] Central Europe since the fall of Austro-Hungarian Empire through dictatorships of the 20th century to European Union

PhD positions:

[UPJS 1.1] Soviet urban studies and their influence on urbanism in central Europe

[UPJS 1.2] Understanding the morphological changes in post-socialist cities using virtual 3-D city models



Field of research: [UPJS 2] Urbanism, architecture and building of national identity

PhD positions:

[UPJS 2.1] Small” European dictatorships in the 1st half of the 20th century – the national principle and its place in the public space

[UPJS 2.2] Institutionalised historical memory and the city


Hosting university: Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach (Slovakia)

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Field of research: [BTH 1] The establishment of urbanism as profession and discipline

PhD positions:

[BTH 1.1]  The establishment of urbanism as profession and discipline


Field of research: [BTH 2] Planning for the growth society and the emergence of sustainability

PhD positions:

[BTH 2.1] Planning for growth and social welfare

[BTH 2.2] New liberal planning and sustainable urban development


Hosting university: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (Sweden)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721933.