Sustainable neighbourhoods and co-creation

School of Architecture, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

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Dr. Carla Sentieri


Dr. Adriene Csizmady, Institute for Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Dr. Anna Martinez, School of Architecture La Salle, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain 


Sustainable Towns, Valencia, Spain

Budapest Methodological Centre of Social Policy, Budapest, Hungary

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Research project

The ageing of certain residential areas is causing an increase in the number of inhabitants living in derelict neighbourhoods with a lack of adequate buildings, no public spaces, poor communications and insufficient public services. At the same time, there is urgent need to develop policies and guidelines to promote sustainability for a decarbonized and climate-neutral Europe.

The rehabilitation of social housing neighbourhoods is necessary in many European cities. Housing rehabilitation programmes must be addressed with a holistic and systematic approach that takes into account the overall impact at the neighbourhood scale. Therefore, it is necessary 1) to learn from the experience of previous interventions, 2) to set up follow-up processes aimed at creating more sustainable living environments and to monitor their impact, and 3) to involve users in co-design and co-creation processes, in order to identify their living habits and the values they give to the places they inhabit.

The main purpose of this research is to develop new guidelines for the rehabilitation of neighbourhoods with sustainable and affordable housing through co-creation processes. The current environmental, social and economic sustainability standards used for rehabilitation will be examined in order to identify the most effective ones to contribute to the decarbonization of Europe.

Qualitative and quantitative research methods will be applied to identify issues related to the rehabilitation of affordable and sustainable social housing districts and the measures needed to improve them. Through a comparative analysis of the rehabilitated districts and new processes of co-design and co-creation of social housing, new rehabilitation measures and strategies will be proposed.

->To conduct individual research project, interlinked with the other ESRs projects, focusing on:
  • Reviewing the rehabilitation regulations and literature under the current parameters of sustainability
  • Identifying the standards of sustainable neighbourhoods through analysis of cases study
  • Analysing co-design and co-creation processes in the creation of sustainable neighbourhoods
  • Using qualitative and quantitative research tools to analyse rehabilitated neighbourhoods according to sustainable criteria
  • Developing a framework to rehabilitate affordable and low carbon emissions housing.
  • Involving inhabitants in the building lifecycle to reduce the energy performance gap
  • Proposing actions and strategies for the rehabilitation of sustainable neighbourhoods
->To participate in the network-wide activities (workshops, summer schools, conferences)
->To carry out the training required by the PhD programme of the host university.

As part of the individual research project, ESRs will carry out three secondments, between 1 and 2 months, in the partner organisations.

ESRs are expected to have completed a doctoral thesis that can be defended at the host institution within or shortly thereafter the project lifetime.

Specific requirements
->Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or a relevant subject area.
->Masters’ degree in Architecture, Building Engineering, Civil Engineering, or equivalent.
->Command of sociological research tools
->It is desirable that candidates have professional experience in housing design and construction

Please find here more information about the requirements for Architecture Doctorate in UPV

Generic requirements

The candidates must fulfil the eligibility and mobility requirements of the Marie Curie ITN programme:

To be eligible for recruitment within an ITN project, you must – at the date of recruitment – be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained, or in the country in which you are recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. You may therefore be required to provide documentation proving your eligibility for recruitment.
You are required to undertake transnational mobility in order to be eligible for recruitment in an ITN project. As such, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you are applying to for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Holidays are not counted. Your employer is required to verify this fact, therefore you may be required to provide supporting documentation proving your place(s) of residence or work during the previous 3 years. Note that the mobility rule applies only to your first recruitment within the project, and not to other organisations to which you might be sent on secondment or at which you may subsequently also be recruited. Finally, the mobility rule is related to your residence or main activity and not to your nationality.

Please find more information about the requirements for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows in Innovative Training Networks here

About us

Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) is currently considered one of the leading universities in Spain, being the only Spanish Science and Technology University to feature in relevant world university rankings. Founded in 1971, it comprises nearly 30,000 students, 2,500 academics and researchers, and 17 university research centres of excellence driven to solve the challenges of the European citizens.

UPV has been awarded by the European Commission with the 'HR Excellence in Research' seal ( ), which gives public recognition to research institutions that have made progress in aligning their human resource policies with the principles set out in the "Charter & Code".

UPV has participated in 129 FP7 actions and led 20 of them. UPV has participated or is currently participating in nearly H2020’s 170 signed actions, coordinating 30 of them (October 2020), and partnering in several major consortium initiatives (JTIs, PPPs, KICs). Updated and more detailed information regarding UPV’s participation in European programmes can be found here.

Research at the School of Architecture is currently carried out by research groups integrated in the various school departments. Each group brings together academic staff, researchers, and postgraduate research scholars within common areas of interest. The Architectural Projects Department is leading this ESR research project.


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions which include:

->a living allowance (3,120 Euros per month)
->a monthly mobility allowance (600 Euros per month)
->a family allowance (if applicable, 500 Euros per month)

These allowances are used to cover the gross salary, employers’ compulsory deductions and benefits for the three years of the Marie Curie programme. The living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the full-time researcher. The family allowance is an estimated average that will be adapted to the specific conditions of the hired researcher. All three subsidies are subject to the deduction of compulsory social security contributions and income taxes in accordance with the regulations applicable in the country of the host institution. At the end of the three-year contract any possible difference between the gross amounts paid and the amount to be paid according to the programme will be equalized.

Enrolment fees in the PhD programme of the host institution will be covered by the programme during the 36-month period.


Please use this form to provide the following information:

->personal data
->confirmation of compliance with the eligibility and mobility requirements

And the required documentation:

->letter of motivation (maximum 2 pages)
->CV in EUROPASS format
->certificate of English proficiency
->transcripts of your academic degrees (translated into English, by a sworn translator; including ranking of degree classification)
->a research proposal in line with the ESR project (maximum 6 pages), for each ESR project you would like to apply (maximum three)
->if applicable, a professional portfolio
->two reference letters

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