TWO PhD RESEARCH POSITIONS, RUNIN UNIVERSITY OF AVEIRO, PORTUGAL

Two PhD positions are available for Early Stage Researchers as part of the RUNIN Marie-
Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network from 1st January 2017, or as soon as

possible thereafter, for 36 months at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial

Sciences, University of Aveiro, Portugal. The RUNIN network consists of partners from seven

European countries and a total of 14 PhD students will be part of the network. The aim of

RUNIN is to train researchers on how universities contribute to innovation and economic

growth in their regions through research seeking to examine how universities fulfill their

third mission in relation to regional industry and explore the range of university engagement

with regional firms and institutions. The network program is organised around four main

themes: People and Networks, Policies and Interventions, Places and Territories, and

Practices and Governance.

Description

Position 1: Universities and regional (innovation) policy and practice

The first PhD position is about the overall role academic organisations play in the

development trajectories of differentiated territories, emphasising the ways universities can

improve the design and implementation of development policies and enhance firms’

competitiveness, as well as assessing the nexus existing between territorial contexts and the

quality and intensity of the role played by universities. As such, the research will examine: i)

to what extent and how do universities affect the process of regional (innovation) policy

design and implementation; ii) to what extent and how do universities contribute for the

enhancement of regional firms’ competitive capacity; and iii) how do territorial qualities

affect universities’ agency in regional development? The PhD candidate must collaborate with

CIRA- Intermunicipal Community of the Region of Aveiro throughout the project.

Comparative work should be developed (particularly between Aveiro, Barcelona, Twente and

Lincoln). The main supervisor of the project is Carlos Rodrigues; the co-supervisor is Joan

Lluis Capelleras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); the non-academic mentor is José

Eduardo Matos, CIRA- Intermunicipal Community of the Region of Aveiro. The work place is

in Aveiro, but the PhD student is required to spend two periods of secondment at the

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, aiming to connect with the co-supervising and research

group, and conduct field work.

Position 2: Culture, the changing nature of innovation and the institutional challenges to the

University

The second PhD position aims to study how culture and the arts are permeating the

understanding of, and shaping the approaches to innovation processes, and analyse how

universities are being institutionally responsive to the growing role of culture and arts in

innovation-led development. Accordingly, the research should approach the challenges which

the dominant University institutional structures and practices face in the context of a growing

mobilisation of culture and the arts for innovation, and identify the rationale, drivers for

change and their impacts. The main supervisor of the project is Artur da Rosa Pires; the co-
supervisor is Harry de Boer (University of Twente); the non-academic mentor is José

Eduardo Matos, CIRA- Intermunicipal Community of the Region of Aveiro. The work place is

in Aveiro, but the PhD student is required to spend two periods of secondment at the

University of Twente and the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) office,

aiming to connect with the co-supervising and research group, carry out field work and

participate in training.

Nr of positions available : 2

Research Fields

Sociology – Socio-economic research

Economics – Knowledge economy

Geography – Regional geography

Political sciences – Public policy

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research Profiles

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Benefits

The successful candidates will be employed with full social security coverage by the host

institution and will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-
Curie Actions (ITN) regulations for early stage researchers applicable to the approved

funding of the RUNIN project, as well as a mobility allowance and (if eligible) a family

allowance.

Requirements

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