LUDeC seeks to redress the limitations of scholarship that conceives of the city as a site of competition, by expediting a humanistic design philosophy envisaging the city as a site of collaboration, equity and social justice.
Under conditions where the divisive nature of the city has become so concentrated, particularly in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic, we argue that the future of urban design is restricted by disciplinary boundaries and an inability to conceive of the city beyond immediate economic, social and environmental measures. LUDeC will focus on enabling research dedicated to producing a more just and humanistic urbanism that can generate glimpses of an alternative future.
LUDeC is motivated by the proposition that what constitutes the livable city can only properly be explored outside disciplinary constraints. Our commitment is to research that self-consciously seeks out the unforeseen. LUDeC will elicit what might be surprising or unprecedented about the cities of the future, and how we might envisage, harness and utilise this in the interests of long-term sustainability. LUDeC is committed to using the diversity of city life as a driver for positive social and cultural change.
We seek proposals from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences that challenge conventional notions of the city and of city communities and traverse disciplinary boundaries.
Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC):
The successful Leverhulme scholars will be based in PAHC, with access to both a trans-disciplinary programme of research training and a community of practice that seeks to challenge traditional notions of what a PhD might be.
Applicants should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) and a relevant Master’s degree, or equivalent qualifications or experience.
Applications are welcome from all disciplines contributing to the above research agenda. Applicants are advised to contact potential supervisors to discuss their potential project informally.
The studentship includes fees at the Home rate (£4,596 for 2022/23) and an annual stipend for 3.5 years at the UKRI rate, currently £17,668 for 2022/23. In exceptional circumstances, fees at the Overseas rate may be available.
How to apply:
Further details on the LUDeC programme, eligibility and application process is available here.
For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Steven Miles at email@example.com.
For advice on your application, online information sessions: 26 January 2023, 4-5.30pm and 23 February 2023, 4-5.30pm.