PhD Student (Licentiate) in Sustainable Urban Development Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

PhD student (Licentiate) in sustainable urban development


Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering


KTH is one of Europe's leading technical universities and an important arena for knowledge development. As Sweden's largest university of technical research and education, we gather students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers both natural sciences and all branches of technology as well as architecture, industrial economics, social planning, technical history and philosophy.


We are looking for a PhD student at the Department of Strategic Sustainability Studies, which will work with researchers in the field of sustainable urban development. The project has two starting points: the densification of cities and the need for multifunctional land use and the need for collaborative tools to address sustainability challenges. The project is widely interdisciplinary, which means that it is carried out in close collaboration with a variety of different actors and within several scientific disciplines . With denser cities, increasingly high demands are being made on land that is not urbanized, it will meet many different needs and in a resilient manner over time. One of the purposes of the project is to develop and test frameworks, strategies and methods for planning, designing and managing multi-functional sites over time. What features can be combined,


Sustainability challenges today span multiple scales in time and space and require a multitude of competencies in collaboration. Both in research and practice, we are talking more and more about the need for synergies between sectors, levels, professions and between different spheres of knowledge. At the same time, there are many examples of where this collaboration does not work and there is a great need for knowledge about tools for good collaboration. What concepts and methods are used, why and how do they work? The project is linked to the research conducted in Just Urban Green, where focus is multifunctional green structures in relation to sustainable urban development.



As a PhD student, you will be part of the Strategic Sustainability Studies at the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Technology at KTH, where a group of sustainable urban development is under construction. In addition, you will be part of a network of researchers in Sweden and Europe that are linked to the research projects in Just Urban Green -


The main task of the research program is to explore multifunctional land use and cooperation in relation to sustainability challenges in cities with focus on the Stockholm region. A part of the work also involves communicating research to different users and a broader public. A limited part of working time, max 20%, can pass of institutional services, for example in the form of education. The service is intended for studies and research leading to a licentiate degree with the possibility of extension to a doctorate. The salary follows KTH's doctoral wage agreement and covers a full-time research period of two years with the possibility of extension to four years.



We are looking for you who are highly motivated for research studies, have good ability for independent work and critical analysis. The role requires you to express yourself well in both Swedish and English, both in speech and in writing. Because the role involves collaborating with both internal and external parties, it is also important that you have good collaborative ability and interest in collaborative processes. Previous research experience or work experience in sustainable development, planning and collaboration, especially in cities, is meritorious, but no requirement. For qualifications, a master's degree or equivalent is required, in social science, environmental science, engineering or other interdisciplinary education with a focus on sustainable development. To be admitted to postgraduate studies, you must have completed a degree at advanced level or completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits,


The application is written in Swedish and must contain the following documents in PDF format: 

-Personal letter (max two pages) describing why you want and are suitable for the service


- Copy of the master's degree or equivalent course certificate

- Description of a proposed research project within the subject area of the service (max 3 pages)


Union representatives

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Type of employment

Fixed-term employment longer than 6 months

Extent of employment



According to the apprenticeship


Complies with KTH's agreement for doctoral salaries

Number of vacancies


employment rate





Stockholm County






  • Sofia Kroné Karlsson HR Manager, +46 8 790 94 20

  • Sara Borgström, Assistant Associate Professor,

  • Rebecka Milestad, lecturer / department manager,



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