PhD position on Circularity Assessment of cities and regions

ENAC is offering a 100% PhD researcher position on assessing the circularity of cities and regions in the Swiss context for the duration of 4 years at the Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The research focus of HERUS is on transitions of urban systems towards sustainability. One of the key areas of our research is urban metabolism and the transition towards a circular economy. HERUS is an interdisciplinary team, consisting of social and natural scientists.

The PhD student will work on developing novel accounting techniques for measuring circularity of territories at different spatial scales. It will focus on evaluating material and element flows entering and exiting cities and cantons as well as their current and potential circularity status. (S)he will develop an indicator framework and synthetic metric to compare circularity of cities and regions. The student is expected to develop an explicit geographical approach of flows, stocks and their associated infrastructure/actors in order to spatialize and contextualise as much as possible the circularity assessment.

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