Doctoral Programme in Landscape and Urban Studies

Urban and Rural Transformations, Addis Ababa, 2016. © Sascha Delz, ETH Zürich.

About the Programme

The doctoral programme in Landscape and Urban Studies at the Department of Architecture addresses contemporary issues of urban and environmental transformation. Research spans the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, territorial planning and social sciences. It investigates the production of landscape and the urbanization of the territory through a range of different scales, from the local to the global. This may include studies in landscape and designed ecologies, urban design strategies, energy and food production, material stocks and flows, health and socio-economic development, which address pressing environmental challenges qualitatively and quantitatively. The doctoral programme seeks to promote a critical discourse and encourages researchers to take an independent, inventive, and proactive stance on how to engage with present and future processes of urbanization within a context of ongoing environmental change.

Two doctoral students were chosen for 2019. The application process for 2020 is open.

Participating Chairs

  • Chair of History and Theory of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete
  • Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christophe Girot
  • Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Hubert Klumpner
  • Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation, Prof. Freek Persyn
  • Chair of Sociology, Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid
  • Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning, Prof. Milica Topalovic
  • Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Günther Vogt

While an overall alignment with the respective chairs’ research agendas and expertise is desirable, the programme is open to candidates who apply with their own research topic.

Further information and enrolment possibilities