New Ph.D. Program

“Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities”

The Graduate School for Urban Studies (URBANgrad) at Darmstadt University of Technology will set up a Ph.D. program on urban and infrastructural change in East Africa in October 2014. This interdisciplinary program is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation and includes the following academic subjects: Spatial and Infrastructure Planning (Prof. Dr. Jochen Monstadt), Urban Development and Design (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette Rudolph-Cleff), History of Technology (Prof. Dr. Mikael Hård), and Economic Geography and Global Studies (Prof. Dr. Marc Boeckler).

The program “Urban Infrastructures in Transition” focuses on developments in the East-African cities Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. In particular, it highlights the history of and the current challenges posed by urban infrastructures—the supply and use of water, energy, sewerage, and telecommunication services. Within its framework, researchers critically investigate the tensions between, on the one hand, internationally circulating technological ideals and models in the planning, design and construction of cities (especially those of the networked city) and, on the other hand, local processes of appropriation and modification. Studies on the Tanzanian and Kenyan cities are carried out with these overall perspectives in mind:

• The cultural history of urban technologies

• Formal and informal ways of producing urban space

• Socio-technical assemblages and the planning process

• Geographies of marketization, technopolitics and infrastructure

Please find more detailed information on the program in the following pdf-file: Graduate Program

For more information, please contact the program director Jochen Monstadt …; +49-6151-16-2248) or one of the other professors mentioned above.

In this newly set-up program 8 Ph.D. scholars and a postdoctoral researcher will start their work in October, 2014. Further doctoral students and students with excellent academic records and a burning interest for African cities can apply for membership in the graduate program. As far as possible, we offer support in applying for Ph.D. scholarships at the German Academic Exchange Service or other foundations.

While we have already selected the candidates for the eight Ph.D. scholarships, we are currently inviting applications for a

Postdoctoral Position (full-time, 3 years)

beginning in October, 2014 in the field of urban and infrastructure planning. Please find more detailed information on the position in the following pdf-file:

Postdoctoral Position