KADK Gets Two out of Eight PhD Fellowships

Research and Innovation

On 28 June the Danish Council for Independent Research awarded about DKK 20 million to ‘Research Education Outside Universities’. The sum pays for eight PhD fellowships, two of which were given to KADK.

The conservator, Tine Louise Slotsgaard received DKK 2,566,440 for her project, ‘The Painting Technique of Jens Juel - Theory and Practice in the Light of 18th-Century Painting Tradition’, which she will work on at the School of Conservation.

The architect, Johan Mottelson received DKK 2,451,240 for his project, ‘Understanding Urban Density and Urban Form of African Slums’, which he will work on at the Institute of Architecture, Town and Landscape in the School of Architecture.

KADK is delighted and proud about the two fellowships:

“I am so proud that KADK is receiving two impressive grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research’s fund for ‘Research Education Outside Universities’. It is an important indicator that the research we carry out is of extremely high quality and both socially relevant and original,” says the Rector, Lene Dammand Lund. “The two different PhD themes also show the broad range of our research and programmes, which in this case are about major global commitment and a desire, and will to protect local, Danish cultural heritage values.”

Understanding Urban Density and Urban Form of African Slums

In his PhD project, Johan Mottelson will address a problem that is becoming increasingly urgent in relation to African urban development.

Approx. 70% of the population of urban sub-Saharan Africa live in slum districts and the number of slum dwellers is expected to double over the next 15-20 years. Much of the urban development takes place without effective urban planning, enforcement of regulation or development of infrastructure. This is evident specifically in the challenges posed by narrow roads (with no access for cars, ambulances and dustcarts), lack of public space, lack of daylight and ventilation in homes and inefficient use of space. This development has consequences for such issues as agriculture, climate, public health, mobility and socio-economics.

Maxaquene. Foto: Johan Mottelson