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PhD Housing in a Changing Society

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Graduate School for Architecture and the Built Environment
Delft, South Holland
Netherlands
Housing & HabitatGovernance & Management
Overview

Housing in a Changing Society deals with the question how to achieve sufficient, sustainable and affordable housing by studying housing markets, housing governance, housing management and housing quality.

 

A sustainable fit between the demand for and the supply of housing is of major importance for the quality of life of occupants, for the ecological footprint of urban areas and in terms of economic assets. Achieving such a sustainable fit requires innovative and multidisciplinary scientific research.

 

Societal/scientific quality and relevance of the research

 

Housing is of crucial importance for the economy, for the ecological footprint and for the wellbeing of households. Since the global financial crisis, the role of the housing market in many countries has changed and housing is no longer one of the key drivers of the economy. On the contrary, investment in housing and the improvement of housing have stagnated. At the same time, international treaties and regulations at European and national levels have set very high CO 2 emission reduction targets also for the housing stock.

 

There is insecurity in the market: although there is a need to build more housing, there is reluctance to invest in housing. Investors in the market need insight into the future demand, house price developments and the expected rate of return on their investment in order to develop a sustainable portfolio strategy. Housing has a new role in society and adequate knowledge of this new role is lacking. More knowledge of new technologies, housing preferences, house prices, management strategies and policy instruments is necessary to achieve the ambition of a sustainable fit between demand and supply.

 

Housing, as an area of scientific study and a societal activity, requires productive interactions among several disciplines. Furthermore, because housing is continuously influenced by developments in society and by scientific insights, research in this area has to both anticipate and respond to changing context and knowledge. Therefore, the programme researches this topic from many angles, combining several scientific disciplines.

 

Perspectives and approaches

 

The programme uses multidisciplinary approaches to provide new scientific insights through a combination of five perspectives, namely technology, policy sciences, management sciences, economy and sociology, and is a key player at an international level and a frontrunner at a national level. The programme consists of four sub-programmes:

 

-Governance: to focus on policies for sufficient, affordable and secure housing, and on the impact of these policies on welfare and economic growth;

 

-Organisational Strategies: to develop and evaluate approaches for the management and redevelopment of the housing stock in order to contribute to increasing the socioeconomic and environmental sustainability of housing provision;

 

-Market Dynamics: to study the structure and functioning of the housing and house building market by focussing on demand, supply and price, and their interdependence;

 

-Quality: to study the physical performances of housing (such as energy efficiency, ecological sustainability and indoor climate) and policy instruments that guarantee or improve those performances.

 

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Admission Requirements

PHD ADMISSIONS

 

The admission requirements for doctoral candidates are recorded in Article 2 of the TU Delft Doctoral Regulations.

 

More detailed information can be found in the back of the Regulations, in section A of the Implementation Decree.

 

Admission requirements

 

According to Dutch law and the TU Delft Doctoral Regulations a doctoral candidate should be in possession of a Dutch Master’s degree. This may be a Master of Science or a Master of Arts degree from a University or College of Higher Education.

 

Naturally, doctoral candidates with foreign Master degrees are also admitted to TU Delft. Some foreign degrees are evaluated by the TU Delft Admissions Office. This office determines whether the foreign degree can be considered as an equivalent of the Dutch Master degree.

 

N.B. TU Delft Faculty Graduate Schools (FGS) may have additional admission requirements. Therefore, please visit the webpage of your intended FGS.

 

Preparation and paperwork

 

For every would-be doctoral candidate of TU Delft, a check of their eligibility is standard procedure. This means that, besides a letter and a CV, all applications must include scans of the (highest) diploma and transcript. Furthermore, at the start of their Doctoral Programme all doctoral candidates must be registered as such at the TU Delft Graduate School. For more information about registration and the required documents see Intake Meeting.

 

According to Dutch law and the TU Delft Doctoral Regulations a doctoral candidate should be in possession of a Dutch Master’s degree. This may be a Master of Science or a Master of Arts degree from a University or College of Higher Education.

 

Naturally, doctoral candidates with foreign Master degrees are also admitted to TU Delft. Some foreign degrees are evaluated by the TU Delft Admissions Office. This office determines whether the foreign degree can be considered as an equivalent of the Dutch Master degree.

 

N.B. TU Delft Faculty Graduate Schools (FGS) may have additional admission requirements. Therefore, please visit the webpage of your intended FGS.

 

Article 2 Doctorate

 

2.1. The degree of Doctor can be obtained at TU Delft following the public defence of a doctoral dissertation before the Board for Doctorates or the doctoral committee appointed by it. The Board for Doctorates will award the degree of Doctor. By way of a departure from that stipulated in the other Articles in these Regulations, the provisions of Article 21 will apply to the awarding of the honorary doctoral degree.

 

2.2. Admission to the doctoral defence ceremony will be open to anyone:

 

– who has been awarded the degree of Master in accordance with Section 7.10 a, paragraph 1, 2 or 3 of the WHW, and

 

– who, as proof of competence to practice science independently has written a doctoral dissertation, and

 

– has met the other requirements set in these Doctoral

 

Regulations with regard to, among other things:

 

– completing a Doctoral programme,

 

– following a DE programme and

 

– the quality and content of the doctoral dissertation.

 

2.3. In exceptional circumstances, the Board for Doctorates can, on his request, admit access to the doctoral programme and the doctoral defence ceremony to a person who is not in possession of the required degree but who meets the requirements stipulated in Article 2.2b and c, if the person requesting this demonstrates in some other way, and to the satisfaction of the Board for Doctorates, that he has sufficient knowledge. The Board for Doctorates can determine more specific rules for this in the Implementation Decree.

 

Article 4 Start of Doctoral Programme

 

4.1. A person who wishes to complete a Doctoral Programme in order to obtain a doctorate must:

 

– enter into consultations with the most appropriate full professor or the most appropriate staff member with a doctorate to whom the ius promovendi has been awarded in view of the field of science involved and reach agreement on the subject of the doctoral research, the title of the doctoral dissertation and his willingness to act as promotor, and

 

– register as a doctoral candidate at the TU Delft Graduate School by submitting valid proof of identity and a certified copy of a degree certificate as defined in Article 2.2a or a copy of the awarding of access pursuant to Article 2.3.

 

4.2. When the conditions stipulated in 4.1 have been met, the TU Delft Graduate School will ensure that a statement is issued as soon as possible on behalf of the Board for Doctorates detailing the registration as a doctoral candidate and the appointment as intended promotor of the person referred to in 4.1a, and, if applicable, the appointment of an intended copromotor.

 

4.3. Within three months of the start of the Doctoral Programme, the doctoral candidate must have made agreements with his intended promotor on his supervision and the content of the DE Programme to be followed by him, and this must be recorded in a PhD agreement and submitted to the Faculty Graduate School.

 

Article 5 Doctoral candidate and preparation of doctoral dissertation

 

5.1. The doctoral candidate will conduct independent scientific research. He will also maintain the customary academic contacts with his fellow scientists.

 

5.2. The doctoral candidate is responsible for producing the doctoral dissertation as a contribution to science and for ensuring that the research is conducted:

 

– in accordance with the code of conduct and professional code that apply to professional activities in the area of science concerned;

 

– according to the statutory regulations and university regulations applicable, in all events, for research involving animal testing, hazardous (e.g. radioactive) materials, hazardous (e.g. biological) substances; and c. without the imposition of any limitations that conflict with academic freedom on the research and the freedom of publication of data and results from the research, also insofar as (part of) the research is funded by third parties.

 

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General information
Language
English / Dutch
Director
Marja Elsinga
Fee
Not Confirmed
Email
M.G.Elsinga@tudelft.nl
Telephone
+31 15 27 89805
Address
Building 8 Julianalaan 134 2628 BL Delft
Website
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