PhD at the institute

The focus areas of the PhD candidates at the Institute for European Urban Studies range between urban design and planning, urban sociology, heritage and history, architecture, landscape architecture and building management. Graphic 1 shows the fields our researchers are working on.

Our PhD candidates conduct their research in various regions of the world, such as Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, various African countries and East- and Central Asia (see graphic 2).

Doctoral working group

A doctoral working group meets regularly at the IfEU. The group aims at bringing together the researchers to exchange on experiences and learn from each other. The meetings are held in hybrid form which means that PhD students do not have to be in Weimar. Through the meetings, the PhD students will actively participate in the ongoing process of exchange, share experiences, present their research in front of their peers, discuss articles, organize conferences and generally cooperate during the different stages of the PhD. The focus of the doctoral working group lies within the exchange of research in the fields of urban studies. Registration for the group takes place by email inquiry to elodie.vittu[at] and via the moodle room: "Doctoral Working Group IfEU" (access for university members without room password).

Individual doctorate

At the Institute for European Urban Studies, interested PhD candidates can do an "Individual Doctorate". The doctorate is developed outside of a structured program in consultation with a supervisor. 

Information on individual doctoral studies.
The research areas  represented by Chairs at the IfEU.
Doctoral studies at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism.

Expiring programs

There are currently no structured PhD programs at the Institute for European Urban Studies. Previous programs were the international doctoral program called "European Urban Studies" (IPP-EU) and the two other expiring programs German-Argentinean Doctoral College "Urban and Regional Research" (SRF),  the Research Group "Urban Heritage" (UH) "Urban Hist" (UHist) and "Junior Research Group Social Housing Supply" (NFG)..

Other doctoral students at the institute are part of the programs: "Identity and Heritage" (GraKo),