[Kaupunkitutkimus] Fwd: Funded PhD position at University of Tartu 'The links between gentrification and socio-spatial segregation in cities'

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Lähettäjä: Ingmar Pastak <ingmar.pastak at gmail.com>
Date: pe 30. huhtik. 2021 klo 9.07
Subject: Funded PhD position at University of Tartu 'The links between
gentrification and socio-spatial segregation in cities'
To: <CITIESAFTERTRANSITION at jiscmail.ac.uk>

Dear colleagues,

Please find below information on fully-funded PhD position and share this
with your colleagues, master students and whoever may be interested. Please
note that the application deadline is May 15, 2021 23:59 Europe/Tallinn


The Chair of Human Geography of the Faculty of Science and Technology,
University of Tartu is inviting applications from qualified and highly
motivated students for a 4-year fully funded PhD position on the topic “The
links between gentrification and socio-spatial segregation in cities”.

The PhD position starts in September 2021. The Chair of Human Geography
offers a young, enthusiastic and open-minded work collective, an excellent
work environment, family-friendly work arrangements, and opportunities for
continuous further training. The main supervisors of the PhD project will
be Prof. Tiit Tammaru, Dr. Kadri Leetmaa and Dr. Kadi Kalm. Additional
supervisors are possible depending on the exact research interests of the
selected applicant.

The University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia's leading centre of research and
training. The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of world's best
universities. UT accounts for more than a half of all the doctoral degrees
conferred, research publications, and national R&D financing in Estonia.
The Chair of Human Geography in the Department of Geography (
https://www.geograafia.ut.ee/en), headed by Prof. academician Tiit Tammaru,
has a long-term experience in applying quantitative research methodology,
and working with register data and mobile phone data. Research takes
primarily place in the two research centres, Centre for Migration and Urban
Studies (CMUS) (http://cmus.ut.ee/) and Mobility Lab (ML) (
http://mobilitylab.ut.ee/et/555-2/). These centres focus on high quality
teaching and research in the fields of social and economic geography,
population geography, and spatial planning.
The current PhD position is related to the Estonian Research Council
financed project “Understanding the Vicious Circles of Segregation. A
Geographic Perspective” (PRG306, 1.01.2019−31.12.2023, annual budget of
185,000, PI Tiit Tammaru). For information about our team and the project,
please use the following website link: https://segregationcircles.eu/

Job description
Research on spatial inequalities and fragmentation of urban societies
receive persistent attention worldwide. Rising levels of segregation
threaten the sustainability of urban areas and give rise to social
marginality. Residential segregation and inequalities between different
population groups may have significant impacts on people’s lives and
opportunities. Thus, it has become more and more important to understand
the processes that cause and shape residential segregation. It has been
indicated that there is a linkage between segregation and gentrification
processes, however, there is no clear understanding of this and
clarification is needed about the impacts of gentrification on contemporary
segregation patterns. The present PhD project contributes to this gap and
questions whether and on what conditions do the displacement mechanisms of
gentrification provide explanation for the social, age and ethnic
homogenisation of post-socialist neighbourhoods
This PhD position provides an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated
PhD student to work in an international team of researchers on a
cutting-edge social science topic and applying advanced quantitative
methods to longitudinal data. Research is based on large-scale individual
and longitudinal national databases, censuses (linked 1989, 2000 and 2011
censuses) and register data, surveys. Additionally, there is a possibility
to apply additional qualitative data sources, as well as innovative mobile
phone data depending also on the interests of the PhD candidate. The
availability of individual level longitudinal data since 1989 (or before
the systemic change after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991)
offers a unique quasi-experimental research for the whole population for
understanding how segregation gets transmitted between different contexts.
The primary research region is Tallinn metropolitan area.
The PhD thesis will consist of a minimum of 3 articles (including at least
one first-authored) in international scientific journals, an introduction
and a discussion, and will be written in English. Presentations at
(inter)national conferences are part of the job as well. Teaching will take
up 15% of time.

Applicants are expected to meet the following eligibility criteria:
1) A master’s degree in any area of social, educational, environmental
sciences or economics (including statistics and applied mathematics) to be
completed before 1 September 2021.
2) Interest in research on segregation, inequalities and gentrification as
well as application of advanced quantitative methods in social sciences.
Coding skills are an advantage (e.g. in R, Stata or SAS), but not required.
3) Good writing skills and fluency in English.
The following skills will be an advantage—experience in academic writing,
conceptual capacity and abstract reasoning with the desire and capacity to
relate theoretical topics to practical challenges and solutions,
communicative skills (presenting), planning and organizing, teamwork,
enthusiasm. Previous experience or proven interest in the project related
research fields would be an advantage.

Conditions of employment
The selected candidate will first be appointed for a period of 12 months.
Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the
first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis
within the next three years is to be expected.
The University of Tartu offers a basic net salary of € 12,720 per year
(1060 per month) during the first year, based on a full-time position (1.0
FTE). In addition, other scholarship opportunities and research training
support opportunities are possible. There are no tuition fees. Housing
costs are low in Tartu, starting from 150 EUR/month in student dormitories,
and ragning between 250-400 EUR on private rental market.

Candidates must submit an application electronically between May 1, 2021 up
until May 15, 2021 23:59 Europe/Tallinn time. More information about the
submission of the documents
https://www.ut.ee/en/admission-geography-phd-programme. Please note that a
proof of English language proficiency at a satisfactory level has to be
provided https://www.ut.ee/en/english-language-requirements-phd-students.
After you have submitted all the needed documents, please let Ms
Madli-Johanna Maidla (madli-johanna.maidla at ut.ee) know about that so we
could check if everything is fine with the submission. Shortlisted
applicants will be asked for the interview. Skype interviews are possible.
For inquiries about the PhD position, please contact Ms Madli-Johanna
Maidla (madli-johanna.maidla at ut.ee). For practical questions and inquiries
related to the application procedure please contact phdadmissions at ut.ee.
Please include ‘PhD vacancy’ in the subject line of your email.

Best wishes,
Ingmar Pastak

Department of Geography, University of Tartu, Estonia | Centre for
Migration and Urban Studies | ESPON Transnational Outreach programme |
Estonian Contact Point ESPON | 46 Vanemuise St, Tartu 51014, Estonia


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