One PhD position at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)


The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) in collaboration with the Institute for Environmental Technology Science (ICTA) (the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability more specifically) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, (UAB) and the Green Lab of the Centre for Environmental Studies of Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, offers a 3-year PhD research fellowship. The PhD position is part of a research project concerning the plurality of values of urban biodiversity. The project, jointly sponsored by the Basque Government and the Vitoria-Gasteiz city council, aims at identifying the multiple values of urban biodiversity in general,  and the ways in which ‘relational values’ are articulated, in particular. The project would also focus on the role of recognizing and activating multiple values in urban planning towards more inclusive decision making. An important part of the work includes responsibility for design and implementation of fieldwork in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (European Green Capital 2012).


Required qualification

The successful candidate should hold a Master’s degree in environmental sciences, geography, urban planning, ecology or economics. Candidates must have solid quantitative (e.g., statistical, GIS) and/or qualitative skills, as well as excellent communication skills. Fluency in English is required and a working level of Spanish. A strong motivation, interest in environmental issues, understanding of urban planning and politics, and interdisciplinary collaboration and ability to work independently is also desirable.


The successful candidate will be supervised at BC3 by Ikerbasque Research Professor Unai Pascual (BC3) in collaboration with ICREA research professor Isabelle Anguelovski (ICTA) and Dr. Aitor Albaina (Vitoria-Gasteiz Green Lab). The successful candidate will be registered as PhD student at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).


We are offering an excellent research environment and close cooperation with a dynamic team and a network of international collaborators.

Additional information

As a certified family-friendly institutions, BC3 and ICTA are committed to furthering the compatibility between work/studies and family life. BC3 and ICTA particularly concerned with creating equality opportunities for women and men. Women with relevant qualifications are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

Term of contract

The position will be for a period of three years (Jan 2020- Jan 2023)


The position will carry competitive salary, matching the academic and professional profile of the applicant, and excellent work conditions.


Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Biscay (Spain).

As a HR Excellence awarded institution, BC3 is committed to conciliate research-academic requirements and family duties. BC3 is particularly concerned with creating equality opportunities for women and men. Women with relevant qualifications are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the position.


Please send a cover letter including a brief description of research interest and relevant experiences, a 2-page CV, the names of two referees that would be contacted upon the candidate being shortlisted and copies of your university diploma and transcripts in one pdf-file to Mrs. Susana Pérez ( noting in the subject of the message “PhD position: Urban Relational Values”.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Unai Pascual (


December 10, 2019 (17.00 CET)

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