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PhD Heritage zoning and population dynamics

This PhD research project will analyse the relation between heritage zoning and trends of population decline and growth in urban contexts. Heritage zoning is …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2325 - € 2325 per maand


This PhD research project will analyse the relation between heritage zoning and trends of population decline and growth in urban contexts. Heritage zoning is assumed to enable conservation, and consequently, to a certain degree, constrain society to further develop, and help prevent effects such as population decline, social segregation and musealization. In times of unprecedented demographic shifts, this research develops a novel framework to classify protected areas with respect to their level of urbanization, and reveal the current relation between heritage zoning and trends of population dynamics.

Specific focus will be to 1. classify cities according to their heritage zoning (e.g. core, buffer) in relation to surrounding urban areas, 2. classify cities according to their trends of population dynamics; in order to 3. compare and define trends on the relation between heritage zoning and population decline and growth.

The research will bring together heritage, planning, geographical and urban development aspects. The empirical part of the project will consist of a global research, using the UNESCO World Heritage List as sample, with validation in two case studies, Tel Aviv and Rome. The other case studies in this network will be used for comparative cases to address specific issues e.g. differences between cities with and without World Heritage properties, to validate the theoretical assumption that these cities are better managed, for their exposure to international recommendations and best practices in heritage zoning. The point of departure will be the update of the existing GIS on World Heritage properties, between 1978-2010, with the recent nominations, between 2010 and 2017.

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to pursue three secondments. The first secondment is planned at DLR, Germany. This secondment will focus on training and data gathering. The second and third secondments are planned for the case studies; respectively, at Bezalel Academy and Roma3 University.

This PhD candidate is part of a group of 15 PhD candidates forming the ITN HERILAND, "Cultural Heritage and the Planning of European Landscapes", and of a group of 3 PhD candidates addressing the key challenge: Shifting Demographies.

The HERILAND project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813883. The first three years are to be funded by the ITN Marie Curie Program-Heriland project, and the fourth with complementary funding. For further information on Heriland, partners and other vacancies, see www.heriland.eu. Applications for more than one position are allowed.


The ideal candidate

  • has an academic background, preferably Masters in Architecture / Urbanism, Anthropology, Sociology, and/or Computer Sciences, with knowledge in digital mapping, data analysis, and (semantic) content analysis;
  • has proven interest in the topic of the study through previously conducted research activities. Earlier experiences in researching community engagement and/or 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 and Italian, 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 succesful working in a team; has a team spirit.

And preferably:

  • is internationally-oriented, has past experience in varied cultures and/or countries;
  • has past experience in integrating both quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • has past experience in working interdisciplinary, and/or integrating interdisciplinary teams;
  • has past and present experience in acquiring funding to support education and/or research projects, including for the current project.  


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. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr. Ana Pereira Roders, Professor in Heritage and Values, email: a.r.pereira-roders@tudelft.nl, tel. +31 (0)6 31 94 92 97.

For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs Nathalie Bast, HR advisor, email: HR-BK@tudelft.nl .