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Junior Researcher on Heritage Zoning and Urbanisation

This research will analyse the relationship between heritage zoning and urbanisation. How urban is heritage? Does heritage zoning disable or cause other types of urbanisation? Join us and find out.

ongeveer 2 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


This research project will analyse the relationship between heritage zoning and urbanisation. Heritage zoning is a method of urban planning to define listed heritage locations, such as monuments, historical centers, green parks, and cultural landscapes. On the other hand, urbanisation refers to the process for a city to grow, transforming natural or rural areas into urban areas.

In theory, heritage zoning guarantees the area's conservation, and consequently, disables urbanisation within its boundaries. However, in times of rapid urbanisation and a declining state of heritage conservation, does heritage zoning still works as foreseen? How urban is heritage? Does heritage zoning disable or cause other types of urbanisation? Unfortunately, seldom research answered these questions, beyond few case studies, partial in heritage types or cities. This research contributes to the knowledge gap by developing and testing a novel framework to classify the relationship between heritage zoning and urbanisation.

We welcome proposals to elaborate on one or more of the following research objectives:

  1. classify cities according to their heritage zoning (core areas),
  2. classify heritage zoning (core areas) on their urbanisation level (quantitative),
  3. classify heritage zoning (core areas) on their urbanisation nature (qualitative); and,
  4. compare and define trends on the relation between heritage zoning and urbanisation.

The research will bring together heritage, planning, geographical and urban development aspects. It takes a selection of cities, in part inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as a case study. The number will be defined together with the candidate, depending on the defined focus.

The candidate will have the opportunity to pursue one secondment at DLR, Germany. This secondment offers training and facilities for big data analysis/visualisation while using the urban thematic exploitation platform (U-TEP) to support the research.

This research is part of a group of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) forming the ITN HERILAND, "Cultural Heritage and the Planning of European Landscapes", and of a group of 3 ESRs addressing the key challenge: Shifting Demographics.

The HERILAND project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813883. For further information on Heriland, partners, see www.heriland.eu.      


The ideal candidate

- has an academic background, preferably Masters in Architecture, Urban Planning, Geomatics, and/or Computer Sciences, with prior knowledge and experience in GIS (or alike digital mapping), spatial analysis, statistics and/or geo-statistics;

- has demonstrated interest in the topic of the study through previously conducted research activities. Earlier experiences in researching heritage will be favoured;

- has past research experience, by means of scientific publications e.g. conference papers, journal articles, book chapters;

- has proven knowledge of English, including good communication and writing skills e.g. Tofel or equivalent, Master studies conducted in English;

- has experience in managing research projects, from developing proposal to ensuring its completion;

- has experience in successful working in a team; has a team spirit.

And preferably:

- is global-oriented, with experience or fascination for varied cultures;

- has past experience in integrating both quantitative and qualitative methods;

- has past experience in working interdisciplinary, and/or integrating interdisciplinary teams;

- is currently developing a PhD research in an alike topic (self-funded), where this 13 months contract, would contribute to the completion of a larger research project;

- has past experience in working with systematic (automated/interactive) methods of spatial analysis.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

The junior researcher will be joining the Chair of Heritage and Values, a team of about 30 academics, focused on further understanding heritage, the values that define heritage, such as cultural, social, ecological, and economic; and how they impact the sustainability of cities. One of the main goals is to define, develop, and test new integrated assessment frameworks to better monitor and strengthen heritage conservation worldwide. The chair Heritage and Values forms together with the chair Heritage and Design and Heritage and Technology, the section Heritage and Architecture. A section highly interdisciplinary, international and cooperative. However, the junior researcher will also cooperate directly with academics from the Section Digital Technologies and the chair 3D geoinformation, from the Department of Urbanism.

The ITN Heriland program started already in early 2018, so this vacancy is unique, concerning the replacement of a former ESR. The program is now to end in 31 March 2023, extended due to COVID19 measures, giving enough time to enable the exchange of experiences and cooperation between the candidate, the other 14 ESRs and their supervisors.

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr. Ana Pereira Roders, Professor, email: a.r.pereira-roders@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Nathalie Bast, HR Advisor, email: hr-bk@tudelft.nl.

Please make sure you have a specific question which the vacancy texts do not answer. Quests to analyse your CV or profile outside the application process will be disregarded.