PhD in Transformative Leadership at Dresden Leibniz Graduate School, Germany

Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development • Dresden 6 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Doctoral degree (Doktoringenieur [Dr-Ing], Doctor rerum naturalium [Dr rer nat], Doctor of philosophy [Dr phil] or Doctor rerum politicarum [Dr rer pol]) Onsite

The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is a joint interdisciplinary facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). It hosts international doctoral students selected in a competitive process.

The DLGS was established in 2008 to address the spatial implications of grand societal challenges. It is supported by the Leibniz Association and operated by the IOER and the TUD. It is independent in designing its scientific program, committed to scientific excellence, and subject to regular international peer review.

The scientific remit of the DLGS is to develop novel insights and approaches to face the challenges of spatial sustainability transformations. We encourage and support pioneering studies that:

  • Advance scientific concepts and theory to understand and interpret phenomena of spatial sustainability transformations, regarding their characteristics, dynamics, orientation, and governance
  • Explore the boundaries of scientific disciplines to develop pertinent interdisciplinary approaches and/or engage in transdisciplinary research for knowledge co-creation with stakeholders
  • Provide novel empirical insights and evidence-based on quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and comparative research designs, that can guide future policy and practice
  • Adopt a sound overall scientific methodology and develop innovative methods, techniques, and tools for future research

For a detailed description, please see the DLGS website: http://www.dlgs-dresden.de

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Course Details:

The DLGS offers a structured and diverse academic program and activities to support the development of a spectrum of knowledge and skills required for a Ph.D. in the field of spatial sustainability science. This combines a variety of formats, both compulsory and elective, that also reflect the specific needs in the different stages of a cumulative or monographic dissertation.

The common curriculum includes core courses focusing on basics in philosophy of science, qualitative and quantitative methodology, selected spatial sustainability science subjects, and transformative leadership qualities as well as technical skills in research, writing, and publishing. Additionally, fellows may choose courses from the wide-ranging program of the Graduate Academy of TUD. For all international students, language courses in German are also supported.

To foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary competencies, joint co-creation labs are organized to enhance fellows’ ability to engage productively with other disciplines as well as non-science stakeholders, and to develop skills and reflexivity in terms of knowledge co-production and co-design.

The DLGS autumn school forms an important milestone. It offers individual feedback, expert input, and opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange in the wider community of doctoral students in the field. Organized in conjunction with the IOER annual conference, the autumn school combines training, workshops, seminars, and lectures, and it involves invited international experts as well as members of the DLGS Management Board and IOER senior researchers.

Moreover, the DLGS program is further enriched by a variety of other regular and singular scientific events in which fellows can get involved. It is organized by either IOER or TUD.

Enrollment Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree from a recognized university (at least a two-year Master’s program). No more than three years should have passed since the applicant gained the first Master’s degree (date of certificate).

The subject of the Master’s degree must be in a field pertinent for spatial sustainability science such as geography, urban and regional planning, urban studies, environmental sciences, science and technology studies, transition studies, geoinformatics, civil engineering, architecture, economics, sociology, political sciences, or anthropology, among others.

The total grade obtained for the Master’s degree must be “good” or better (corresponding to German level “gut”).

The dissertation research proposal must be clearly within the scope of the current DLGS call, and align with the research areas of the IOER (one or several areas).

Final acceptance at the DLGS is contingent upon admission as a doctoral student by the TU Dresden before the start of the program.

For details on admission, please see: http://www.dlgs-dresden.de/application

Teaching Language:

English

Costs/Tuition Fees:

Free of ost

Level/Field(s) of Study:

PhD

Language Requirements:

Applicants who are neither citizens of English-speaking countries nor earned a Master’s degree in an English-speaking country are required to demonstrate their level of English language proficiency in either the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum accepted score for TOEFL is 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, or 100 for the Internet-based test. An IELTS test is accepted with a band score of 7 or better on a nine-point scale (academic modules).

About the University/Institution:

The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is a joint interdisciplinary facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). It hosts international doctoral students selected in a competitive process, and supported by a full scholarship or contracted part-time at the IOER.

The DLGS was established in 2008 to address the spatial implications of grand societal challenges. The graduate school is supported by the Leibniz Association and operated by the IOER and the TUD. It is independent in designing its scientific program, committed to scientific excellence, and subject to regular international peer review.

Application Deadline:

15 September of the year before you wish to enter the program

Apply/Website Link:

http://www.dlgs-dresden.de/

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