Dear N-aerus Members and Partners,

In this N-aerus Newsletter we would like to draw your attention to the following headlines for your information:

• Deadline Master Programs on Human Settlements and Urbanism & Strategic Planning, University of Leuven, Deadline 1 March 2016

• Researcher Positions on Water and Sanitation Service Coproduction in the Urban South, ULB and ULg, Deadline 15 April 2016

•  Low/No cost housing conference, ETH Zurich, 30 June-01 July 2016

Sincere regards,N-aerus Coordination Committee
Cecilia, Alexandra and Enrico


1 PhD and a 1 Post-doc positions for a research project on Water and Sanitation Service Coproduction in the Urban South

In the framework of a research project recently funded by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), we are looking for highly talented and motivated candidates for 1 PhD and a 1 Post-doc positions. This project will be realised though a collaboration between the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) et l’Université de Liège (ULg).

Details can be obtained under:

Please send your application, in pdf format and via email, to Luisa Moretto (Luisa.Moretto@ulb.ac.be) and Jacques Teller (Jacques.Teller@ulg.ac.be), by April 15th 2016. Your application should include a motivation letter, a detailed CV (with your publications), an electronic version of your master and/or PhD thesis, and the contact details of two external references.

For more details about these positions and the research project, please contact (ideally via email):

Luisa Moretto
Faculty of Architecture, HABITER research Centre, Université libre de Bruxelles
21 rue Belvédère,
1050 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 (0)2 639 24 24
Research unit: https://www.ulb.ac.be/rech/inventaire/unites/ULB759.html

Low/No Cost Housing Conference 2016

30 June to 1 July | ETH Zurich, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, Zürich Oerlikon

As the world urbanises, city populations grow and rising housing costs make it harder for low-income people to afford homes. Slums, congestion and long commutes have become the accepted reality in cities that are fragmented in wealthy and poor neighbourhoods, a phenomenon that produces asymmetric societies and is in urgent need for alternative paradigms. We must imagine today what housing can be in an increasingly urban world; contested resources offer a taxonomy that responds not only to conditions resulting from incremental growth, but also to the needs of hundreds of thousands of poor citizens and refugees in recent years. Some of these contemporary challenges raise serious doubts about our capacity to provide appropriate housing solutions under the standards that we have set ourselves for housing. What does housing mean in an urbanising world? What practical solutions do exist? How can we bring back affordable housing to the city centers? Does low-coast housing mean low quality? Who can contribute what to answer some of the most relevant questions?

The No Cost Housing Conference is hosted and organized by the ETH Wohnforum—ETH CASE at the ONA Building of ETH Zurich in Zurich-Oerlikon. The two-day conference is developed in collaboration with the Hub on Informal Urbanism of UNI (UN-Habitat’s Partnership with Universities Worldwide). It is supported by the ISTP (Institute of Science, Technology and Policy), D-ARCH (Faculty of Architecture of ETH Zurich) and NSL (Network City and Landscape). Its results and insights will lead to a joint statement, submitted to the executive office in preparation of Habitat III in Quito (17.—20. October).

Please visit the Conference's homepage for further information.


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