23 August, 2013

"Glatt die Stadt"

We are busy looking up books, newspapers, and journal articles on the Glatt.  Feel free to send us any hints, and many thanks to those that have already helped.
In this process, we ran across this very nice short film (German with English subtitles) created by Krokodil - a group of architects whose focus is to re-liven the suburban landscape of the Glatt valley.   More on Krokodil can be found on their FB website  Viel Spass!

08 August, 2013

PhD Position open

Application deadline:  31st of August 2013
The University of Luxembourg has the following vacancy in its Geography and Spatial Planning Research Centre, IPSE Research Unit, Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education.

Doctoral Candidate in Human Geography /Spatial Planning (M/F)

Ref. F3-130010

Full-time, 40 hrs/week

Fixed term contract: 3 years (with the possibility of renewal for a fourth year)

Student and employee status


·       Prepare a doctoral thesis in Geography, particularly within one of the following fields:
    • Human geography, i.e. with regard to conceptions of space and territory
    • Urban studies, preferably theoretical or empirical explorations
    • Urban and metropolitan governance, i.e. conceptions of power
    • The science-policy interface in geography and planning
    • Port cities, logistics and urban planning
    • Land use planning, housing and sustainable spatial development
  • Assist in teaching activities, limited to a range of one to three hours per week.
  • Contribute to tutoring Master students


  • Master or Diploma in Geography or Spatial Planning/Urban Planning; Master or Diploma in Political Science, History or other Humanities/Social Sciences linked to geographical issues
  • Strong interest in urban development, policy and planning
  • Interest in interdisciplinary work and a reflective methodology
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. (Knowledge of either French or German is an advantage)


  • Opportunity to participate in the development of a newly created university
  • An exciting international environment
  • A competitive salary
  • Well-equipped research facilities

Further information
Please contact Professor Markus Hesse
Email: markus.hesse@uni.lu



Applications (in English) should contain the following documents:
·       A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Copies of Master Diploma 
  • Motivation Letter
  • Support letter from at least one recent scientific advisor/professor
·       A PhD proposal (min 2,000, max 2,500 words excluding bibliography) using the following format:
1.     Introduction and literature review
2.     Research objectives and expected contribution to the field
3.     Innovation/originality
4.     Methodology (including intended dataset to be used if empirical analysis)
5.     Work plan and expected timetable
6.     Bibliography

Please apply online (in English) at www.uni.lu by 31 August 2013.