Soziologie: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf das Städtische

ab 22. Februar 2018, 12:45–14:30 | ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg. Dozentinnen: Rahel Nüssli, Monika Streule. In diesem Seminar beschäftigen wir uns mit verschiede­ nen Perspektiven auf das Städtische. StadtforscherInnen unterschiedlicher Disziplinen berichten von ihren aktuellen Forschungsprojekten – im Unterrichtsraum oder bei einem Spaziergang durch Zürich. Ergänzt durch Textlektüre disku­ Continua

Urban Research Symposium: Global Land – Sub/Urban Form

27 February 2019, 17:00–18:30 | ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIL E 3. Speaker: Prof. Ute Lehrer (York University, CAN). Ute Lehrer has been involved in comparative urban research on Zurich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Los Angeles and Toronto, investigating new urban forms, processes of spectacularization and megaprojects. Recently she has been part of the project «Global Continua

Extended Urbanization – ein Forschungsseminar

Wahlfach ab 21. September 2018, 12:45–14:30 | ETH Hönggerberg, HCP E 47.1. Dozierende: Christian Schmid, Lindsay Blair Howe. Heute wird die Stadtforschung mit immer ausgereifteren Urbanisierungsprozessen konfrontiert, die sich auch weit entfernt von Agglomerationen, urbanen Regionen und sogar Megacity-Regionen entfalten. Die Urbanisierung hat einen planetaren Massstab angenommen: Neuartige Formen der Urbanisierung kristallisieren sich in verschiedensten Landschaften Continua

Die Schweiz, ein städtebauliches Portrait

Schweizer Stararchitekten entwerfen für die Schweiz eine neue Landeskarte der urbanen Topografie Das «ETH Studio Basel – Institut Stadt der Gegenwart» hat das Territorium der Schweiz in einer mehrjährigen Forschungsarbeit in allen seinen vielschichtigen Aspekten untersucht. Geografische, historische, sprachliche, kulturelle, soziale, ökonomische, verkehrspolitische, urbanistische und architektonische Strukturen sind Continua

Urban and Rural Transformations, Addis Ababa, 2016. © Sascha Delz, ETH Zürich.
Trasformazioni urbane e rurali, Addis Abeba, 2016. © Sascha Delz, ETH Zürich

The Doctoral Programme at the ETH Zurich Department of Architecture’s Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) offers two fellowship positions starting on 1 October 2023. 100%, Zurich-based, fixed-term. Job description

The LUS Doctoral Programme

The Doctoral Programme at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), ETH Zurich D-ARCH, focuses on contemporary issues of urban and environmental transformation within their broader socio-cultural, political-economic, and theoretical contexts. The programme seeks to promote critical discourse and to cultivate independent, inventive, and proactive research addressing urgent social and environmental challenges.

The LUS Institute tackles the production of landscape, territory, and human settlements across a range of scales and diverse geographies. Research areas currently in the foreground include studies around landscape and designed ecologies, energy transition, agroecology, hydrology, and regenerative agriculture, adaptive infrastructures, housing, and socio-economic development addressing urban inequality. The geographical focus of the LUS Institute lies mostly within Switzerland, Europe, and across the wider global South.

The doctoral programme at the LUS Institute therefore attempts to bring together the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban and territorial design and planning, and the social sciences. Inter- and transdisciplinary research thus lies at the core of the LUS Institute. It is practiced through a diverse set of methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, ranging from ethnographic research and critical cartography to design-based action research, systems research, and urban theory.

Your Profile

We are seeking individuals with a background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban and territorial design and planning, and social sciences, with strong research or design experience that can benefit from the inter- and transdisciplinary engagements offered by the institute.

You must hold a university diploma or master’s degree obtained at university level (equivalent to the FHEQ-Level 7) in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and social science, or related fields.

You must additionally demonstrate excellent research and writing skills.


Applications must be addressed to the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies rather than to individual professors. Applicants must note that the application will be solely evaluated for their content and the applicants are thus requested to not contact individual professors before applying.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents by 15 March 2023, 23:59 CET:

  • Letter of motivation (1 page).
  • Outline of the proposed research project (max. 4 pages + max. 3 illustrations + bibliography and project timeline).
  • Curriculum vitae (including publications, portfolio, and work samples, max. 10 pages).
  • Published piece of writing if available (1 text, max. 15 pages)
  • Name, affiliation, and email addresses of 2 referees.

Please note that applications missing any of the documents listed above and/or exceeding specified page limits will not be considered for evaluation.

The programme exclusively accepts application documents submitted through the ETH online application portal. Applications submitted via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the programme, the participating faculty and the application process

Application Timeline

  • 15 March 2023: Submission deadline (23:59 CET).
  • Middle of April 2023: Notification to shortlisted candidates.
  • End of April 2023: Interviews with shortlisted candidates.
  • Beginning of May 2023: Notification to successful applicants.
  • 1 October 2023: Start of programme.

About the Programme

The language of instruction of the doctoral programme is English. With over 25 participants currently enrolled, the LUS Doctoral Programme cultivates both individual research and collective exchange within the doctoral community. These modes of exchange include the LUS methods seminar, institute-wide colloquia, workshops, and doctoral reviews. The LUS Doctoral Programme is part of a larger, highly stimulating environment of doctoral education offered within the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. A close collaboration with the Doctoral Programme in History and Theory of Architecture offered by the gta Institute has been established.

Participating Chairs at the LUS

While an overall alignment between the research proposed by the candidates and the individual and collective research agendas of the participating chairs at the LUS Institute is desirable, candidates are free to apply with an independent research topic. The following seven chairs currently form part of the LUS Institute:

  • Chair of History and Theory of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete
  • Chair of Architecture and Housing, Prof. Maria Conen
  • Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Dr. Teresa Galí-Izard
  • Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Hubert Klumpner
  • Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation, Prof. Freek Persyn
  • Chair of Sociology, Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid
  • Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning, Prof. Milica Topalovic

Employment, Residence & Funding

The programme offers to fund for only up to three years. You will receive full employment (100% Pensum), based on the ETH Zurich doctoral student contract, with monthly salaries according to the ‘standard rate’. For a detailed calculation of salaries please refer here.

You are required to take up residency in Zurich during the period of the scholarship.

Further Information

Applicants are requested to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before approaching the programme coordinator. Only for questions that cannot be addressed through the FAQs contact the doctoral programme coordinator Nitin Bathla at Requests sent to any other email will not be considered.



Tra il 2004 e il 2007 è stato condotto SeDUT, un progetto di ricerca collaborativo svizzero-cubano sullo sviluppo urbano dell’Avana. La cattedra di Sociologia del Dipartimento di architettura del Politecnico federale di Zurigo ha collaborato con gli uffici di progettazione di Metron AG per dirigere i contributi svizzeri Continua

Future Cities Lab Global

Scientificità, progettualità, località e temporalità per città e sistemi di insediamenti sostenibili Future Cities Lab Global (FCL Global) si occupa delle significative sfide presentate a livello mondiale dalla rapida trasformazione regionale e mira a generare una miglior comprensione dei rapporti tra città, comunità rurali e rispettive regioni limitrofe al Continua

Urbane Potentiale und Strategien in metropolitanen Territorien
 – am Beispiel des Metropolitanraums Zürich (NFP65)

Il progetto di ricerca «Potenziali urbani e strategie in territori metropolitani» offre un importante contributo all’attuale dibattito sullo sviluppo urbano e territoriale in Svizzera. Non distingue tra le categorie urbane, suburbane o periurbane, ma si concentra su selezionate qualità urbane emerse da numerose ricerche di casi di studio Continua

ETH Zürich D-ARCH LUS and EPFL ENAC HRC joint master programme | Application until 31 May 2023.

The Master of Advanced Studies in Urban and Territorial Design is a new, one-year, full-time postgraduate programme, receiving it’s third cohort of participants in autumn 2023. It is taught in English and held at the two Swiss schools, EPFL (autumn) and ETH Zurich (spring). The participants receive a 60 ECTS joint degree, the «MAS ETH EPFL UTD I.».


Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid | Sociologia

Christian Schmid is geographer, sociologist and urban researcher. Since 2001, he has been a lecturer in Sociology at the Faculty of Architecture of ETH Zurich. Since 2009 he has been Titular Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of ETH Zurich. La cattedra di sociologia è un’unità d’insegnamento indipendente presso la facoltà di architettura (D-ARCH) dell’ETH di Zurigo.