PhD in land-change analysis of Bucharest (RO)

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is a part of the ETH domain. Approximately 500 people work on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards.

The Research Unit Landscape Dynamics studies patterns, causes and pro-cesses of landscape change. The ERC-project CONCUR develops and tests a theoretical model on how planning contributes to the development of urban regions. For this, WSL is offering a 3.5 years position, starting in spring 2017, as a

PhD in land-change analysis of Bucharest (RO)

You will test for the urban region of Bucharest the theoretical model and tools currently designed by the CONCUR team. This test will be conducted in collaboration with testing efforts in two other areas. Specifically, you will conduct expert interviews, analyze planning documents and perform spatial analyses in GIS to perform an in-depth case study of the past two decades of change in land-use and land cover, driving forces, and regional spatial planning. Furthermore you will develop a spatially explicit model (for example with CLUE-S or Sleuth) of regional land-change. You will estimate the contribution of strategic spatial planning and its actors to land change in the Bucharest region. In collaboration with the CONCUR team you will integrate the findings into an overall evaluation on how planning contributes to the development of urban regions.

You have a Master’s degree in geography, environmental sciences, spatial planning or equivalent. Significant experience in land-change modelling, spatial analysis, qualitative research methods, GIS and R is expected. Knowledge of the Romanian language and familiarity with the Romanian planning system are required. You have very good English skills and first experiences in publishing. You are communicative and very interested in developing innovative, problem-oriented and pragmatic solutions.

Please send your complete application to Sabine Hirt, Human Resources WSL. Anna Hersperger,, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information on the position. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.

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