The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), RWTH Aachen University, Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig (GWZO), with the support of Ilia State University, Tbilisi (Georgia) are jointly convening the PhD School „Neighborhood Heritage. Urban layers, physical environments and living communities in the post-socialist/-Soviet City “, as part of the collaborative research project cities.building.culture.


We invite applications for an international PhD School aiming at exploring various approaches in the analysis of neighborhoods and their layered heritage: urban morphology, construction and perception of values, civic engagement and urban governance, local memory and place-attachment, the meaning and impact of processes such as revitalization, redevelopment, gentrification and down-grading, mechanisms of heritage protection, but also the loss and destruction of heritage. Both historical neighborhoods and more recent developments, such as modernist housing or large housing estates, are of interest.


For more information take a look at our Call for Applications


Please send your applications (one PDF document including the summary of your research project (500 words), your motivation for attending the PhD School (500 words) and one-page CV with contact details) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 20, 2023.