european joint doctorate

European Joint Doctorate


We are currently introducing an European Joint Doctorate in Sustainable Urban Development in cooperation with the Université Pierre Mendès-France in Grenoble, France, and the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

The PhD students will conduct their research at two of the three partner universities. Participation in international research colloquia and PhD training weeks and field research in two partner universities are part of the programme. In addition to the intercultural experience, we offer particular professional qualifications in the field of international collaboration in urban development.

Within the framework of the European Joint Doctorate a specific programme is being developed. It aims to enhance a greater understanding of the links between emergency response and reconstruction in post-disaster and post-conflict situations, as well as of sustainable urban development. The programme is intended to provide research on effective design approaches to community-led post-disaster housing, and settlement reconstruction and recovery in the context of high poverty and disaster vulnerability.The universities involved in the interdisciplinary programme form a strong academic structure, each one focusing on a specific perspective:

  • UIC with research on community-led design solutions for shelter and settlements following disasters
  • UPMF with a social science perspective on social issues, inequality and post-conflict planning
  • TU Darmstadt with a technical and sustainable approach to urban infrastructure and comparative research in urban studies.

The researchers collaborate with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as well as UN Habitat. Both non-academic institutions will advise on the PhD research, as well as offering secondments to their institutions. The academic network offers a research platform in the field of sustainable urban development linked to urban crises and emergency scenarios.

The joint doctoral programme started in the winter term 2014/15. The first international research colloquium will be organised at UMPF Grenoble on 8-10 September 2015. The programme is open for applications by new graduate students for October 2015.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Annette Rudolph Cleff, Email: .