EWARD – Energy and Resource Awareness in Urban and Regional Development


The doctorate college “Energy and Resource Awareness in Urban and Regional Development” (EWARD) is embedded in a broad range of initiatives at the Vienna University of Technology, as well as taking up the current scientific and public debate on transformation processes of European cities with respect to

  • infill development,
  • urban growth,
  • spatial consolidation and shrinkage,
  • competitiveness,
  • cooperation,
  • energy as well as
  • resource demand (consumption) and supply (provision)

The college is interdisciplinary and thus fits into the current research fields of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning (e.g. “Eco‐efficient development and planning of the built environment”), as well as into the overall research focus of the Vienna University of Technology (e.g. “Energy and Environment”). The college was established after a call for proposals and has a duration of 3 years. It offers 10 PHD posistions for beginning and advanced researchers and allows an interdisciplinary cooperation with other colleagues, doctoral colleges, universities as well as public and private institutions.

The doctorate college includes many links to create synergies on different levels:

  • Spatial dimensions (scales, levels): buildings – neighbourhoods – settlements – cities – regions
  • Scopes of action: Analysis ‐ planning – governing – designing – constructing
  • Potentials for energy efficiency and efficient use of resources in processes of renewal, new construction, heating/cooling, settlement structures, infrastructure and mobility, and the integrative perspective of energy demand (consumption), supply (provision), efficiency and sufficiency
  • Integration of several academic disciplines to encourage a truly inter‐ and trans disciplinary research and learning environment (e.g. urban and regional studies and planning, economics, sociology, building sciences, architecture)

The doctorate college aims at strategic planning for an energy‐aware spatial development at different spatial levels (scales) by combining problem‐based positive analysis and approaches with planning and normative conclusions. The mentioned dimensions of the doctorate college also touch upon a new initiative called “future.lab urban growth” developed by the dean of the faculty, Prof. Rudolf Scheuvens, and to another doctorate college called “Wood‐Based Building Efficiency” submitted by Prof. W. Winter and colleagues.

EWARD Candidates:

EWARDsfrom left to right: Ruth, Daniel, Chiara, Kris, Kirti, Fabian, Michael, Diana, Hui, Pia

Head of EWARD:

Head: Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.techn. Rudolf Giffinger
Deputy Head: Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.soc.oec. Dr.rer.soc.oec. Michael Getzner

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