PhD position on “Reimagining open spaces for radical participation and collective imagination”

ETH Zürich - Zurich, Switzerland

apply before December 19, 2023

Tasks: Administration, Communication, Management, Planning & Design, Research

Topics: Community Engagement, Empower & Participate, Heritage/Culture/Art, Policies and Cooperation, Public Space & Landscape, Urban Transformation

Type: Full-time

Experience required: Intermediate

Language: English is sufficient

This doctoral student position is part of a European doctoral network that is funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action “Reworlding: Repositioning Participatory Design to Tackle Socio-Environmental Challenges”.

The overall objectives of this PhD position include the following: (1) Engage with existing design practices of activist collectives and community-based initiatives, with focus on spaces of informal learning, participation and openness. (2) Perform design research to detect connections between social and environmental challenges in community and activist spaces. (3) Conduct collective imagination and Participatory Design workshops for co-creating tools and environments for reworlding, linking physical and digital space via learning methodologies and urban transformation processes. Expected results include: (1) Collection and description of design practices and scenarios in community and activist spaces in Europe. (2) Participatory Design workshops to develop guidelines and roadmaps for those spaces. (3) Prototypes of physical space and hybrid space.

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