PhD Position on Coastal Heritage and Climate Change

Are you passionate about cultural heritage and eager to learn more about the impacts of climate change and how to build resilience? In the context of a HORIZON EUROPE funded collaborative project, we are looking for a passionate PhD candidate, with interests and expertise in cultural heritage and climate change topics to work with communities in European case studies as part of an international multidisciplinary team.

The Chair of Architectural History and Theory in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology invites applications for a PhD position focusing on coastal heritage and climate change. You will work as part of a HORIZON EUROPE Research and Innovation Action project, will be based in the Netherlands and will collaborate with a European research consortium.

The Horizon Europe project explores innovative and sustainable ways to safeguard coastal and underwater cultural heritage, particularly monuments, historical buildings, archaeological sites and coastal cultural landscapes from climate change effects, natural hazards and environmental pollution. It aims to achieve this goal through the development, testing and validation of an integrated multiple heritage risk assessment, protection and management system with evidence-based monitoring frameworks, innovative tools and through participatory processes.

The PhD study will be conducted as part of the Work Package concentrating on participatory co-design and co-creation processes. You will be responsible of:

  • Identifying the knowledge gaps concerning climate-related multiple risks, challenges and values attributed to coastal heritage and landscapes, and building a conceptual framework to fill this gap
  • Designing and developing a participatory Living Lab methodology to actively engage multi-stakeholder and citizen community. This methodology will be used for participatory value and impact assessment, training and capacity building, and action planning.
  • Building a local ecosystem of stakeholders in one or two of the case study areas, with the help of local project partners, and implementation of the Living Lab methodology
  • Collection and analysis of data collected through the employment of this methodology in the case area(s) that will contribute to the elaboration of the conceptual framework and stakeholder involvement for the integrated multiple hazard and protection system.

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