Call for applicants: Postdoctoral researcher in “Inclusive urban landscapes”


The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape at the University of Montreal is looking for a person holding a doctorate degree in order to complete a 12-month postdoctoral contract. As part of this contract, the postdoctoral fellow will be required to collaborate on several intersectoral projects of the UNESCO Chair on the theme “Inclusive urban landscapes”. This person will also be able to undertake their own research projects within this theme under the direction of Professor Shin Koseki, holder of the UNESCO Chair, and in collaboration with professors from the Faculty of Planning of the University of Montreal.

The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape at the University of Montreal develops research, teaching and knowledge transfer projects in the fields of urban design, urban planning, landscape architecture and architecture. Inspired by intersectoral approaches, it aims to bring together various expertises in design, social and human sciences as well as applied computer science.

The research activities of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape are supported by the Sid Lee Architecture Fund, by the Canada Research Funds, by the Quebec Research Funds, by the Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation, by the city of Montreal and by the University of Montreal.

Terms of Engagement

  • Starting date: September 1, 2022 or as soon as possible
  • Employment rate: Full time or part time
  • Duration of contract: 12 months renewable
  • Place of work: Faculty of Environmental Design, Montreal


As part of a intersectoral project on urban visual data collection methods, you will contribute to the development of an inclusive qualitative interview and survey protocol, as well as its implementation. You will undertake the analysis of the results with regard to the literature on social inclusion, “diversity markers”, and intersectionality. On the basis of the analyses, you will take part in the production of scientific articles alongside other collaborators of the UNESCO Chair.

As part of a complementary cross-sectoral project on the fostering of feelings of inclusion in public spaces, you will contribute to the adaptation and execution of the same research protocol. You will analyze the results in the light of the same literature and write scientific articles in collaboration with the other collaborators of the UNESCO Chair.

You will be asked to organize and animate internal and external events on the theme of inclusive urban landscapes and act as a resource person for researchers in training (masters or doctorate). In collaboration with the director of the UNESCO Chair and research assistants, you will be required to define a communication, promotion and knowledge transfer strategy for the various activities carried out by the Chair on the theme of inclusive urban landscapes.


  • PhD in social and human sciences
  • Proven scientific writing experience and publication record (peer-reviewed journal articles or peer-reviewed edited book chapters)
  • Demonstrated scientific interest for urban issues
  • Demonstrated scientific interest for social inclusion issues
  • Demonstrated scientific interest for surveys or interview methods
  • Interest towards issues relating to the use of public space
  • Interest in issues of “Equity, diversity and inclusion”
  • Interest in methodological issues in the fields of social sciences and humanities
  • Interest in intersectoral issues combining social and human sciences and applied computer science
  • Ability to carry out directed research activities autonomously
  • Professional command of both French and English

Benefits of the position

The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape at the University of Montreal offers a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment in a dynamic and international academic setting.

Contact information for questions and submission of application

Prof. Shin Koseki :

How to apply

Deadline: August 19, 2022

Applicants should provide the following in a single PDF document:

  • Cover letter in which you explain your career goals and motivation (maximum 2 pages)
  • University CV
  • List of publications with hyperlinks to permanent repositories or copies for analogue publications (max. 10 pages)
  • Copies of your diplomas
  • Names and contacts of two references in academia