PhD Fellow in landscape architecture
AKTUELT / 06.09.22
Nordlys over UiT. Fotograf: Stig Brøndbo
A PhD position is available at the Academy of Arts, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. The Academy of Arts has a creative and productive working environment with currently 15 teachers/researchers in visual arts, writing and landscape architecture
The position is linked to the Landscape Architecture Programme, and the research fellow will, together with supervisors and partners, contribute to establishing a research environment around the role of landscape architecture in dealing with climate change. The basis for the Landscape Architecture Programme is in the local, establishing a global laboratory which gives special emphasis to arctic/subarctic conditions.
The landscapes in the High North are undergoing rapid change, which makes it obvious to study how natural and human-made changes impact society and ecosystems. The Landscape Architecture Programme aims to educate rigorous landscape architects who can operate within the framework of sustainable societal development. Landscape architects from this study programme should be able to contribute new knowledge about how to design, further develop and protect particularly vulnerable landscapes.
The position is available from 01.01.23 and is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on the commencement of the position.
The workplace is the Academy of Arts in Tromsø, and applicants must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.
The landscape architect has gained an important role in finding solutions for handling surface water in cities, solutions that both promote experiential qualities and ensure biodiversity. The expectation of more significant precipitation and unstable weather because of climate change makes the problem urgent.
This problem applies especially to arctic conditions, where climate changes occur faster than average. Here, handling surface water is also a question of handling snow and frost in the terrain, which complicates the issue significantly. In addition, the unique climatic conditions in the Arctic make existing solution models developed in other climates inadequate or useless. Thus, there is a need for landscape architectural solutions based on the specific climatic, ecological, and urban conditions in the Arctic.
The project addresses core issues in the landscape architecture program and will be able to support the teaching directly. In addition, the research fellow, with supervisors and partners, will contribute to establishing a research environment around the role of landscape architecture in handling climate change.
As part of the project, site-specific experiments are planned in collaboration with Tromsø Municipality, which has already worked on a pilot project for handling surface water in cold climates but mainly focusing on the technical aspects. The research fellow is expected to contribute to the collaboration by developing a more holistic perspective on the issue, which includes biodiversity and experiential qualities.
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