The Oslo School of Architecture and Design calls for applications to a full time position as a Ph.D. research fellow in the field of urban theory.

This specific call is dedicated to a set of more concrete topics within today’s field of urbanism and urban theory:
– ‘urban life’ – ideals and realities in contemporary urban development
– urban learning/comparative urbanism
– affective urbanism – theory and practice
– the call asks for more specific project descriptions related to one of the topics here listed; the call furthermore asks for projects that combine strains of urban theory with in-depth empirical exploration

‘Urban life’ – ideals and realities in contemporary urban development is a topic that focuses on the widespread ambition within contemporary urban development projects, from planners, politicians and developers alike, to create environments for rich and exiting urban life. We ask for critical examination of how practitioners go about to reach such aims as well as for critical assessment of to what extent one has succeeded.

By the term urban learning, and the associated notion of comparative urbanism, we especially refer to the city as an environment for learning, both from the outside world (learning from other cities) and in and of itself, for instance in terms of building knowledge cultures and reflexivity about the city’s own specifics, constraints and advantages. We especially ask for critical examination of how various forms urban knowledge (models, strategies, best practices) “travel” globally and are sought made applicable in local settings.

Affective urbanism is understood both as an analytical perspective and as a mode of engagement with urban cultures. We especially ask for critical examination, in terms of more concrete readings and analysis, of practices and initiatives within urban politics, planning and design that seek to engage with and mobilise affective forces and qualities (through for instance temporary projects, festivals and events in specific urban settings).

Academic requirements:
Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in architecture, urbanism/planning or in fields of social sciences/humanities in which urban theory constitutes an important component. Preference will be given to research proposals that are based on Norwegian, or Scandinavian, case study material. It is also required that applicants should have basic competence in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.

Evaluation criteria:
Applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: the quality of the project description and its relevance for the call; the academic competence of the applicant, and the applicant’s suitability for the research tasks.

Position and salary:
The PhD fellowship will start in September 2016.
The length of the fellowship will be three or four years full time, dependent on whether the candidate is found qualified to undertake teaching duties as part of the PhD position. The position requires full time residency for the full three or four year period. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is a possibility.

The PhD candidate is required to attend the AHO Research School in his or her first year. This is a mandatory introduction programme for all PhD candidates admitted to the PhD programme at AHO. The Research School runs for two semesters and has a total scope of 45 ECTS. Research School attendance is compulsory.

PhD researcher fellow (SKO 1017) pay grade 50 (NOK 430.500,-)
A monthly deduction of 2% will be made as a contribution to the State Pension fund (SPK). Normal employment conditions for state employees apply for the position.

Please apply online at:

The application should include:
– a tentative project description of maximum six pages that gives an overview of: the research field and research questions; theoretical approach/methods; empirical and/or case study material
– a letter of application describing why the applicant feels qualified for this position (two A4 pages maximum)
– CV, especially highlighting the experiences relevant to this task
– copies of educational certificates (foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system)
– lists of publications and academic work (if applicable) that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
– examples of written work (if applicable)
– applicants who do not have English or a Scandinavian language as their mother tongue must submit documentation of their proficiency in English (TOEFL-test or similar)

All documents should be in English. Exam transcripts in a Scandinavian language are accepted.

Application deadline: February 28, 2016