IHS joins Erasmus Graduate School (EGS3H)

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam joins the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (EGS3H). The agreement will allow IHS to meets its growing demand for doctoral education for its recently developed international PhD research programme. The contract was signed on June 3th, 2015.


IHS has made a progressive growth in the number of international PhD candidates, from originally 2 to 15 in the last year. Coming from different continents and countries such as Cameroon, China, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Thailand. Research will be done by on wide variety of topics but all is linked to the field of urban governance and development. Candidates will conduct research on entrepreneurialism and urban competitiveness, sustainable innovation in infrastructure, empowerment, self-organization, public private partnership and participation, climate adaptation strategies, inclusive growth and resettlement, and integrated water management.

IHS Director Kees van Rooijen “It is important to align to the Graduate School as this provides PhD candidates from IHS the opportunity to follow courses and trainings to become excellent researchers of high academic integrity.” 

The Dean of the Graduate School prof.dr. Liesbet van Zoonen is exited to welcome this international group of PhD candidates. “Welcoming IHS to our doctoral education programme is in line with the Graduate School's and the University's international and multidisciplinary ambitions. Next to supporting a new group of PhD candidates in their PhD trajectory, this cooperation will lead to a continued international exchange of ideas and experiences across disciplines. ”

About IHS

IHS is an Erasmus University Rotterdam centre of expertise of in the field of urban development and management in developing countries and countries in transition. It operates on a global scale in its offer of specialized post graduate education, training, advisory services and applied research in urban management, housing and urban environment. Its mission is to develop human and institutional capacities to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities across the globe.

 About Erasmus Graduate School

The Graduate School is an Erasmus University Rotterdam joint venture of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), the Faculty of Philosophy and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). By facilitating doctoral education, PhD admission and showcasing PhD research topics in a total of 10 academic fields the Graduate School nurtures research excellence and a vibrant academic community.

More information

Jan-Willem van der Mijde, MA, Communications officer EGS3H 
T +31 (0)10 40 82607 

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