Doctoral Position in Urban and Regional Studies

Royal Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Built Environment

Doctoral student in Urban and Regional Studies

KTH , School of Architecture and Built Environment

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Planning and decision analysis

The PhD project will be performed within a European research school ((Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Networks focusing on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Rural-Urban relations. The TOD-IS-RUR consortium create a unique platform for 10 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), at different universities, providing interdisciplinary and intersectoral training to analyze rural-urban placemaking and develop novel, context-based planning schemes for rural-urban regions.

The position is hosted by Division of Urban and Regional Studies at KTH. The particular focus will be on the tensions between visions of future developments and existing social realities in rural locations that are subject to extensive TOD schemes.

The position includes a mandatory 6-month research visit in Belgium (Antwerpen) as well as other shorter secondments in Sweden. More information regarding the research school and the position can be found in the application system (see below).

Supervision: Professor Jonathan Metzger, Dr Martin Emanuel, Professor Stijn Oosterlynck

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • A designed training programme offered by the host organisation and the TOD-IS-RUR consortium.
  • International secondments to other organisations within the TOD-IS-RUR network and in outreach activities targeted at a wide audience.


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.

For this position additional H2020 MSCA Mobility Rules apply:

  • Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.
  • Applicants must be, at the date of recruitment, in the first four years from the date when obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate and not been awarded a doctoral degree.


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.
  • Master’s degree in Urban Studies, Planning, Sociology, Geography, or equivalent, with relevant expertise in critical qualitative analysis of urban and/or transport policy-making.
  • Knowledge of Swedish, Danish or Norwegian is meriting.
  • For additional grounds of selection, please visit, ESR4: For whom? Assessing and improving TOD mechanisms of in/exclusion in RURs

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

Union representatives

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Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

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The applicant is responsible to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the provided instructions.

Other information

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 september 2021
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement, and potentially an additional family allowance
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2021-0358
Jonathan Metzger, Professor,, +46-(0)8-7907905
Maria Håkansson, Head of Department,
Published 01.Mar.2021
Last application date 29.Mar.2021 11:59 PM CET