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Subhashree Nath participates in a workshop on Climate resilience cities in India

In February, Subhashree Nath of DLGS 2021 cohort, had the opportunity to attend a comprehensive four-day training workshop organized by the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) in Delhi.

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Urban water systems in Thailand: a field trip by Tieza Santos

Tieza Santos of the DLGS 2020 cohort concluded her field visit in Thailand in December as part of her Ph.D. dissertation.

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PhD Defence "summa cum laude" – Jiyoon Song

Congratulations to  Jiyoon Song (DLGS Scholarship holder 2019-2022) for successfully defending her PhD dissertation at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, TU Dresden.

Read more about the defence of Jiyoon Song


PhD Defence - Fahim Nawaz

In the list of PhD defence at DLGS, another addition was made last week, where Fahim Nawaz successfully defended his dissertation at the Faculty of Business and Economics, TUD.

Read more about the defence of Fahim Nawaz

Affordable housing in Rwanda, PhD Defence Fred Nkubito

Pleased to announce that Fred Nkubito successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled: "Low-income tenants’ housing accessibility and affordable housing provision barriers. The case of Kigali, Rwanda." at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, TUD.

Read more about the defence of Fred Nkubito

DLGS Alumni Meet

In October, DLGS was proud to host a short meet-up between DLGS alumni and the current candidates in Dresden. The highlight of the event was the presentation on "Career pathways post PhD” given by Lita Akmentina, who was a scholarship holder at DLGS between 2012 and 2015, and is currently a Post-doctoral researcher at Riga Technical University, Latvia.

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Urban renewal and social integration in Wuhan, China - PhD Defense, Mengfan Jiang

Recently Mengfan Jiang (DLGS scholarship holder 2018-2021) successfully defended her PhD dissertation at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, TU Dresden.

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DLGS Summer School 2022

One of the important milestones in the DLGS academic programme, the Summer School this year was held on Sep 21st, 2022 at the Deutsche Hygiene Museum Dresden, as a preceding event to the IOER Annual Conference.

Read more about the DLGS Summer School 2022

Call for applications 2023 
Now closed. 

Beyond 2030: Envisioning sustainable and resilient places for transformative change

DLGS announces PhD scholarships for young scientists in the field of spatial sustainability science to explore the topic of envisioning future places for transformative change. The program starts on 1st March 2023.

DLGS at ISDRS Conference in Stockholm

DLGS fellows Tieza Mica Santos, Claire Gallacher, and Subhashree Nath participated in the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) conference in Stockholm, Sweden from the 14th to the 17th of June. They each presented their work at the PhD day  ...

Read more about the participation at ISDRS Conference in Stockholm

DLGS 2020 cohort participates at the Methods Summer School of the STRN

The Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) organized a week-long Methods School at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) from 06 – 10 June, 2022. Tieza Mica Santos from the DLGS 2020 cohort who participated in the training-workshop shares her key takeaways from the summer school.

Read more about the participation at STRN

“How much startup is in your PhD?”- Young Entrepreneurs in Science

With the intention of exploring means to apply their ongoing PhD dissertations to issues on the ground, DLGS-2021 fellows attended the Leibniz-Falling Walls workshop on “how to turn your PhD into a startup”. The workshop was organised by Leibniz Gemeinschaft and Falling Walls and was held in the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Science (ISAS), Dortmund on the 11th and 12th of May, 2022.

Read more about the two-day workshop for the young entrepreneurs in science

DLGS at 7th NEST Conference, Lyon

Tieza Mica Santos and Riyan Habeeb (Cohort 2020) recently participated in the 7th Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions (NEST) conference organized through a hybrid mode in Lyon, France from 4-6 May 2022.

Read further information on Participation in the NEST Conference

DLGS Summer School on Sep 21st, 2022

The Summer School of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) will take place on the day preceding the IOER annual conference. It addresses the overall conference topic “Space & Transformation: Liveable Futures”, including all the tracks. Various interactions and training formats will be offered, including a workshop with James Evans (University of Manchester) and Marc Wolfram (IOER). Interested PhD students are required to submit a proposal for an individual presentation via the conference website.

Read further information about the DLGS Summer School

Informality in urban waste management, case of Kathmandu, Nepal - PhD defense, Nikita Sharma

On 1st February, Nikita Sharma successfully completed her doctorate with the defense of her dissertation titled: "Urban Governance, Urbanization and Informal Sector in Solid Waste Management: A Case of Kathmandu, Nepal" at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Dresden. Her thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wende, Head of Research Area at the IOER, and Prof. Dr. Christina Dornack, Director of the Institute of Waste Management and Circular Economy at TU Dresden.

DLGS in Leibniz PhD Network

Tieza Santos of cohort 2020 is now an elected member within the Leibniz PhD Network. She was elected as the Section B Spokesperson - Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Raumwissenschaften during the annual general assembly held a few months ago. The network aims to foster and strengthen the relationship as well as promote exchange among doctoral researchers within the Leibniz Association and beyond.


DLGS presence at SURE

Recently, Riyan Habeeb from DLGS cohort-10 presented on the topic 'Evidences of Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Water Security: Aspect, Scale and Implementation' at Third World Conference of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE) titled - 'Cities as Social Ecological Systems' held in Poznan, Poland from 6-9 July 2021. 

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DLGS Autumn School 2021

Considered an important milestone in the DLGS Academic program, the Autumn School this year was held on 21st of September, and as a preceding event to the IOER Annual Conference. It was great to meet people live again and socialize on site at the Deutsches-Hygiene museum, Dresden.

Call for applications 2022

Beyond 2030: Envisioning sustainable and resilient places for transformative change

DLGS announces PhD scholarships for young scientists in the field of spatial sustainability science to explore the topic of envisioning future places for transformative change. The deadline for applications to the call is 15th September, 2021. The program starts on 1st March 2022.

Read more about the call and the application process.

Dealing with the ‘wicked problem’ of doing a Ph.D. during a pandemic – Tieza Mica Santos

Doing a Ph.D. is arguably one of the most difficult undertakings that scholars can pursue in their academic careers. While research topics and work styles of candidates vary, those who come out from the experience share a common understanding of the struggles and challenges that come with it.

Read more about Tieza's experiences.

DLGS 2021: start of the new cohort

DLGS is pleased to welcome three new colleagues that constitute the cohort: DLGS 2021, who started successfully at the beginning of March. The fellows were selected in competitive process where they responded with a research proposal on the topic of urban heat and drought under the bigger umbrella of spatial sustainability transformations and will now spend the next three years working on their individual thesis related to the above topic. Their work is also closely related to the IOER research area on Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development.

Read more about the fellows.

Call for Abstracts - DLGS Autumn School Sep 22nd, 2021

Deadline extended till March 31st 

DLGS would like to invite doctoral candidates working on the topics related to space and transformation to participate in the Autumn School on September 22nd, 2021. This year it is organised as a preceding event to the IOER Annual Conference 2021. The purpose of the Autumn School is to provide a platform for doctoral candidates to present their on-going research projects, and socialise with peers and other senior researchers.

Further information about themes and submissions

My first year at DLGS: Pandemic and the PhD’ – Riyan Habeeb

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’, no quote can better summarize my first year at DLGS than Charles Dickens (in A Tale of Two Cities). I arrived in Dresden late February 2020 to start my PhD which focuses on inquiring how nature-based solutions can be deployed for urban water security in global south. After a warm welcome and orientation by DLGS committee, there were tons of new formalities to be done but thanks to our office assistance everything went with ease. It was the best of times, introduction to new events, interactions with colleagues, and much learning to follow under abled guidance of my supervisors. But no more than two weeks and countrywide lock down was imposed in Germany due to corona pandemic. It was a shock, not having enough to know place and you enter in a state of complete isolation, at the time when you had assumed the best of times had just started!

Read the full report by Riyan Habeeb

DLGS Summer School 2020

Considered an important milestone in the DLGS academic program, the Summer School this year was held from 7th to 9th of September, 2020 and was organised as a hybrid event of online sessions and face-to-face workshops. More than 100 people registered for the online keynote lectures and presentations from DLGS-IOER PhD fellows which were made open for the general audience. Highlight of the program were the keynote lectures by Prof. Niki Frantzeskaki from Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University of technology, Melbourne, Australia, on Nature-based Solutions. And Mr. Roman Maletz from Institute of Waste Management and Circular Economy at TU Dresden, Germany, on the topic of sustainable use and consumption of resources. The lectures are available on IOER’s YouTube channel. Following the keynote lectures were the presentations from the PhD fellows. Depending on the stage of the PhD they are in, they presented their methodological approaches, their preliminary findings, or their conclusions. To read more about the individual research of the PhD fellows, you can visit the DLGS and IOER webpages. In addition to the above virtual sessions, two face-to-face workshops were also organised to provide the PhD fellows with tools and information on how to write a research abstract, and on how to communicate their scientific work to a non-academic audience.

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Future collaboration between DLGS and Boysen Kolleg

On 21st of July, 2020, Prof. Marc Wolfram, Chair of the Management Board of DLGS and Dr. Shikha Ranjha, the scientific coordinator of the DLGS, met with Dr. Anna Martius, Managing Director of Boysen-TU Dresden-Graduiertenkolleg, to discuss possibilities for a future collaboration. Both, the DLGS and the current Research Training Group (RTG) at Boysen Kolleg have a strong focus on interdisciplinary research, as well as the broader challenge of sustainability transitions. Therefore, both sides agreed to further expand collaboration on joint activities and formats such as training courses or summer schools, as well as mutual engagement in future programming. The meeting followed a first collaborative colloquium organised already in March 2020 by the PhD fellows of both facilities, enabling a peer-to-peer dialogue on methods in social science.


Call for applications 2021

'Glowing cities: Heat and drought in urban context'

DLGS announces PhD scholarships for young scientists in the field of spatial sustainability science to explore the topic of heat and drought in urban context. The deadline for applications to the call was 15th September, 2020. The program starts on 1st March 2021. Further information on applying for a DLGS scholarship.

Doctoral Colloquium

On March 21, 2020 DLGS fellows were invited by the PhD fellows of the Boysen-TU Dresden-Graduiertenkolleg for a colloquium on the topic of methods in social science. This was an exciting opportunity for the PhD fellows of both the facilities to host a peer-to-peer dialogue on interdisciplinary methods.

Doing a PhD in times of COVID-19 – our coping strategies at DLGS

Staying motivated right now is not an easy task, especially if you are a PhD candidate. Many researchers have themselves admitted on social media how they struggle with being productive and to find a consistent routine. Things have not been so different for PhD candidates at Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS). Here is how they are coping with this tough situation in their own words.

Successfully started: 10th cohort of the DLGS

The tenth cohort of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) started at the beginning of March. The fellows of the international graduate school will spend three years researching various issues in the field of sustainable urban development. The application period for cohort number 11 starts in May.


Commerzbank-Award for Dr. phil. Sara Al-Nassir

On October 11, 2019, the Commerzbank Dissertation Prizes 2018 were awarded at the TU Dresden. Since 2006 prizes have been granted to young scientists for outstanding dissertations.

DLGS doctoral candidate Sara Al-Nassir received one of these awards in recognition of her excellent dissertation on the topic „Constructive Exceptionality, the interplay of agency and structure in constituting Zaatari’s Market Street, Al-Souq".

DLGS at Local Democracy Academy Sweden

DLGS doctoral candidate, Fitria A. Feliciani was invited by the International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) to participate in the Local Democracy Academy in Umea, Sweden from 9th-15th June, 2019. The Local Democracy Academy is a fully funded academic program that connects an international group of leading scholars, post-doctoral researchers, junior researchers, doctoral students, local policymakers, practitioners, and government officials for an intensive session of learning, critical thinking and exploration of ideas and approaches to achieve Sustainable Development Goals at the local level. The event was attended by more than 60 participants from 30 different countries.

PhD-Award for the best talk

The DLGS doctoral candidate Jiaying Lin took part on the 3rd International Symposium Healthy Ageing from 20–22 February 2019 at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin-Buch/ Germany. She presented her phd-project "Healthy City Program in Shanghai - policy process unfolded". During the PhD session four students form different countries could talk about their work and results. Jiaying Lin got the PhD-Award for the best talk.