PhD Position in Circular Economy in Construction and Demolition
Roskilde University Department of People and Technology

Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD of circular economy from 15.08.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The research activities are part of the interdisciplinary H2020 CityLoops project. The CityLoops project aims to develop, implement, and replicate a series of urban planning approaches and instruments, aimed at facilitating closing the loops of urban material and resource flows and promoting the transition to a circular economy, thereby reducing the environmental footprint, increasing regenerative capacities, and stimulating new business opportunities and job creation in European cities. The project consortium consists of 27 European partners from 6 cities (Seville, Porto, Apeldoorn, Mikkeli, Bodø, Roskilde/Høje Taastrup).

RUC’s task in the project is to develop planning approaches and instruments to implement and measure the circular economy in the construction and demolition sector, focusing on reducing overall environmental impact of construction activities and urban development. Together with local partners, RUC will demonstrate ways to improve the design and planning of urban transformation using recycled materials whereby saving primary resources and energy. The project furthermore aims at improving the cascading flow of construction materials hereby moving excess soil, waste and recycled CDW up in the waste hierarchy and identifying opportunities for valorizing those.

A central question related to the development of planning approaches and tools is how to measure and monitor circular economy. Several competing systems have been developed for national economies (and on EU level) but relatively little research has been conducted on city and sectoral level.

The PhD study is expected to contribute to the international scientific knowledge base on circular economy theories and methods with a special focus on circular economy monitoring frameworks and indicator systems. The PhD-study will primarily contribute to developing and testing frameworks and systems for measuring and monitoring circular economy at city and sector level. This includes developing and testing frameworks and indicator systems in the demonstration cities but also to evaluate potential data sources and data management systems as well as evaluating the potential use of such monitoring systems in planning processes on municipal/city level. The monitoring frameworks will be developed and tested in collaboration with demonstration cities (especially Roskilde and Høje Taastrup) and international project partners (especially Metabolism of Cities).

The Doctoral School

You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School for People and Technology framing research that seek to address sustainability, often by applying experimental approaches and situating the individuals active and learning involvement. The research comprises approaches of a human, societal, health and information technological character and often apply planning, interventions and design-oriented subject areas. The Doctoral School has five PhD programs with each of their focus points: Information Technology; Learning, Working life and Social innovation; Research in Health and Society; Social Psychology of Everyday Life and Society, Space and Technology.  For info:

The PhD position will be part of the Program in Society, Space and Technology, that takes an interdisciplinary approach harvesting from technology-natural science, social sciences and the humanities. Two research groups are associated with the program: METRIK (Environment, Energy, Transport, Regulation, Innovation and Climate Policy) and MOSPUS (Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies). (See

This PhD position will be affiliated with METRIK research group, whose research focus is the interaction between social development and the natural environment in relation to planning and regulation of the environment, energy, production, transport and climate, including sustainable development strategies and public involvement in this area (see

Responsibilities and tasks

The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (

The yearly salary scale (included pension) is between 365416 and 445267 Danish kroner/ 48907 and 59593,99 Euro (depending on seniority).

PhD project description

The PhD position is a unique possibility to focus and concentrate on a 3-year PhD research project. Your application must be attached a description (five-six pages) of the PhD project you would like to pursue. The description of your suggested PhD project should address the project assessment criteria’s listed below, and outline the project’s 1) scientific purpose, relevance and novelty 2) research questions 3) theories and methods 4) envisioned empirical work, 5) project plan.


You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within TekSam, geography, urban planning, industrial ecology or similar subjects.

Qualifications within the following areas are required:

Knowledge about

  • Circular economy theory and methods
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Municipal planning praxis, theory and methods

We also emphasize the following qualifications:

Knowledge about:

  • Urban planning
  • Material flow analysis
  • Construction and demolition

You are required to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

The assessment regarding enrollment consideration will be given to the following criteria:

  • Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education:
  • Any additional academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.
  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Grades at Master’s programme or equivalent
  • Ability to complete the PhD project

The assessment of the PhD project description will be given to the following criteria:

  • Quality relevance and novelty of the project description and research questions, including
  • Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices
  • If the PhD project and project plan seem realistic and feasible
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School, PhD program, and associated research group


For further information about the position, please contact

Head of Ph.d.-program SST, Professor Jonas Larsen, +45 4674-2181, mail

Research leader and Associate Professor Thomas Budde Christensen, +45 2078-4379 or e-mail:

Terms of employment

The employment is a full time position and you will refer to Department head Anders Siig Andersen

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

Application procedure

After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to 

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include: 

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent 

4. Your description of the PhD project 

5. Your time schedule of the PhD project 

6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications. 

Please submit your application no later than 2 June, 2020.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

Application due date

Institut for Mennesker og Teknologi

Ph.d. stillinger
Jonas Larsen
Thomas Budde Christensen

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