The Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences (VISESS) is soliciting applications for PhD positions within the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy at the University of Vienna.
The school is currently announcing 3 PhD projects, among them one project in the field of Regional Science/Human Geography/Economic Geography:
Socio-economic sustainability transformations and place-based innovation policy in disadvantaged regions | Supervision: Michaela Trippl and Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer (Department of Geography and Regional Research)
Societal challenges such as the climate crisis, environmental degradation, digitalisation, pandemics and increasing inequalities call for system-wide innovation and transformation processes of established socio-economic structures. Such processes unfold unevenly across space, ‘producing’ winner regions and leaving other regions behind.
Building on recent advances in research on the geography of innovation and sustainability transitions, the overall aim of this PhD project is to explore both conceptually and empirically how different types of disadvantaged regions cope with the pressure to phase-out unsustainable structures and pathways and to build new ones in response to societal challenges and to assess the role of novel policy approaches (particularly place-based innovation policies for sustainability) to facilitate such processes.
Key research questions include: what place-specific structures, multiscalar dynamics and agencies enable and constrain socio-economic sustainability transformations in disadvantaged regions? How do such processes unfold in different regions in Central Europe? What is the role of the regional policy level in emerging mission-oriented and transformative innovation policy practices?
Expected starting date: at the earliest possible date
Duration of employment: 4 years
(The employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and automatically extended to a total of 4 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months).
Extent of employment: 30 hours/week
Application: Interested students can apply until the deadline of 31 March 2023 via: https://visess.univie.ac.at/how-to-apply/.
Further information: For further information, please contact Michaela Trippl: firstname.lastname@example.org or Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer: email@example.com.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.
Interested students can apply until the deadline of 31 March 2023 via: https://visess.univie.ac.at/how-to-apply/.
List of projects: https://visess.univie.ac.at/how-to-apply/phd-projects/
Application form: https://visess.univie.ac.at/how-to-apply/