The PhD programme in Society, Space and Technology is a researcher education programme within the Department of People and Technology. It is mainly connected to the master degree programmes Geography, Planning Studies, Technology-Society and Spatial Design. The programme is based on a multidisciplinary approach to research and academically it spans technology, natural science, social sciences and the arts, with a predominant emphasis on the social sciences. The Phd. research is mainly associated with the following two research groups:
METRIK, whose research focus is the interaction between social development and the natural environment in relation to planning and regulation of environment, energy, production, transport and climate. The METRIK group has a strong focus on sustainable development strategies and public involvement.
MOSPUS, whose research focus is the development of everyday life, culture, state and industry in interaction between place/space and mobility, including how citizens and organizations can participate in the development of spatial change.
The PhD programme's academic profile follows the research groups, as the research groups are composed according to their research themes, across the educational affiliation of the researchers. In this way, a certain volume is obtained with regard to the number of PhD students and associated supervisors, who can support the PhD students, for example with courses, expertise, guidance, the PhD student's own network, supervisor training and administrative support.
The programme's special profile is thus the interdisciplinary approach. It links together the various disciplinary aspects of the research, for example in relation to technology, resources and culture as the basis for the social production and reproduction of various research objects. All the research within the research groups emanates from this interdisciplinary profile, regardless of their thematic diversity. Thus, the individual research projects and PhD projects have a number of overlapping themes in and across the two research groups. Examples of these themes are:
- The connection between nature and culture
- Everyday life
- Mobilities, urban and rural development.
- Participation and empowerment
- Planning, organization and regulation
These are themes that form the common basis for the programme, which is also characterized by the research's objective of achieving change and innovation.