ESR1: Taxonomy and location patterns of CWS in the periphery. An international comparison

Host: Politecnico di Milano, Italy, supervisor: Ilaria Mariotti

1 PhD position, full-time

Duration: September 2021 – August 2024

The ESR project will collect the state of the art about CWS in peripheral and rural areas and will develop a taxonomy (of their functions, typologies, and uses/participant profiles). Additionally, it will explore the geographical distribution and location patterns of CWS in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Latvia and Greece, with a specific focus on peripheral areas, taking advantage of the large databases of ECHN and IHG. Moreover, the project will explore the effects of the pandemic over the geographical distribution of CWS in rural areas, as it seems that a large number of remote workers choose less densely populated areas to reside and work remotely. The empirical quantitative analysis will adopt secondary data at NUTS3/4 level.

In this project, secondments are foreseen at Panteion University, Greece, Impact Hub Global, Austria and ECHN, Greece.

The fellows will be integrated in the PhD training programme of Urban Planning, Policy and Design, at DAStU-Politecnico di Milano (IT).


  • Development of theoretical and conceptual framework of the study
  • Collect data and main patterns of CWS in Europe with a focus on the six countries and provide georeferenced mapping of them.
  • Analysis of data to explore the new geography of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic (demand of new working spaces to accommodate remote workers and supply of CWS).
  • Knowledge synthesis, development of conceptual models, discussion and policy relevance


  • masters’ degree in social sciences, geography or another discipline corresponding to the topic of the project
  • good competences in GIS and quantitative methods
  • fluency in English, preferably good knowledge of Italian
  • good knowledge of IT-based communication tools
  • readiness to participate in secondments, conferences and workshops
  • excellent communication skills
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and in working in a cooperative and flexible team environment

The fellow should contribute to the outreach of the project, especially by:

  • Elaborating a PhD thesis
  • Active participation in progressing the ITN’s publications (WP monographs, journal articles)
  • Active participation in scientific conferences, policy workshops etc. at national and EU level
  • Participation in media communication, in the development of a web-based glossary, in creating video clips and podcasts and in disseminating project information at the EU level using the European Commissions’ communication tools

For further information you may contact:

Prof. Ilaria Mariotti,

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.