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The PhD Travel Grants are provided to assist CUS’ PhD candidates in their dissertation work, in order to give them the opportunity to gain valuable international experience and set up promising collaborations with (potential) partners abroad.

The Centre for Urban Studies awards up to 10 Travel Grants per year to PhD candidates who are in the post-field work phase of their research project. The aim of these grants is to enable junior members to broaden their horizon and visit partner universities and/or centers relevant to their research. This summer, two PhD grants have been awarded:


1. Francesco Colona - University of Linköping (Sweden)

For three months (November 2017 - January 2018) Francesco will visit the department of Technology and Social Change at the University of Linköping for the multi-sited project “Transforming Citizenship through Hybrid Governance: The Impacts of Public-Private Security Assemblages”. The academic staff of the thematic research group “Body, Knowledge, Subjectivity” within the department of Technology and Social Change at Linköping deal with very similar themes to his work, namely the production of subjectivities through technological artifacts. It is expected that this visit will provide a fertile ground for new, creative, and relevant academic and personal development and connect different disciplinary traditions.


2. Lior Volinz - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)

For two months (September - November 2017) Lior will visit the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies of the Department of Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). During the fellowship he will take part in the different activities of the centre, including research seminars and workshops, teaching as a guest lecturer, and public events. Public events including events within the context of the Brussels Academy, a VUB-led initiative. The aim is to conclude this fellowship with a joint article (with Lucas Melgaco) or policy publication pertaining to their mutual research interests, particularly urban militarism and public-private surveillance practices. Furthermore, to organize a short workshop on the emergence of urban private security and its relations to different forms of surveillance.

For more information on the CUS funding schemes, please click here.