We offer a PhD position on assessing the sustainable management and design of the landscape and heritage of the colonies of benevolence. You will conduct a PhD research that revolves around the rethinking and redesigning of historical landscapes and built environments in the Dutch colonies of benevolence Wilhelminaoord, Frederiksoord and Willemsoord to examine the past and future of the Society of Benevolence as landowner, designer, care-taker, agricultural pioneer and entrepreneur. The colonies were founded in the early 19th century by the Society of Benevolence, that still has an active and important role in the spatial and social transitions of these villages and landscapes.
You will research the past, present and future of the society and the colonies through a landscape-based approach. You will conduct participatory research through design, with the local community in different Living Labs in the Dutch province of Drenthe. You will not only generate designs but you also test them with experts and the local community and you organize the meetings, sketching sessions and communication with them, together with the programme office for this project.
Participation, design and spatiality
At the base of this PhD lies a landscape-based approach to heritage, acknowledging the dynamic relationship between historic objects and their surrounding environment. Furthermore, it is increasingly recognized that heritage encompasses the past and continuing cultural practices that are closely related to these material remains. Heritage values thus pertain to built and non-built spaces in a landscape, and to their formal function and informal use, by residing communities and visitors alike. The planning and design context in which heritage professionals work is therefore increasingly multi-actor and multi-level in character.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team. The gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,- per month rising to € 3.061,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.
There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.