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PhD Inclusive Heritage Management Processes

This PhD research consists of developing a novel framework to classify heritage planning on the level of stakeholders participation, in relation to their …

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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 consists of developing a novel framework to classify heritage planning on the level of stakeholders participation, in relation to their perception of inclusion / exclusion.

Heritage planning today, assumes that inclusive processes are the solution to the sustainability of heritage conservation. However, not all stakeholders feel excluded when not participating in heritage planning. In turn, not all stakeholders participating feel included in the decision-making processes, given their views might not be taken forward or they might mistrust the other stakeholders.

The aim of this project is to examine processes of social in- and exclusion connected to heritage planning. The objective is to define and compare scales of inclusion in heritage planning on different levels (e.g. local, national, international). Therefore, the PhD-researcher will study the roles communities play in heritage planning and how they perceive their inclusion/exclusion. This research will bring together insights from Heritage Studies, Anthropology, Computer Sciences and Urban Planning, using semantic content analysis as method, comparing policy (participation) to social media (perception of inclusion/exclusion). The empirical part of the project will consist of two case studies, Newcastle and Rome. ESR5 will contribute to the development of new general knowledge about perceptions of inclusion (or exclusion) in heritage management processes.

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to pursue two secondments, one at Newcastle University, one at Roma3 University. In both cases the main objective is data collection.

This PhD candidate will be 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: Democratisation.

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 .