Doctoral Programme

Alumni

Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Valentine JUDGE
2019 Apport de l'apprentissage automatique pour la modélisation et l'analyse des changements d'occupation du sol. Application au développement urbain de la zone frontalière franco-allemande Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France Jean-Philippe Antoni, Professor of Geography at University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France and Dr. Olivier Klein, Researcher at LISER, UDM Department
Testimony
LISER and ThéMA laboratory (Besançon, France) provided a great research environment helping me to achieve my PhD focused on land use modelling in a cross-border context (French-German border area). Those institutes helped me to open my research scope in an international and multidisciplinary environment as while giving me support to join and contribute to a number of European and International academic conferences. During my PhD I got to work with modelling technics manly used in quantitative geography (cellular automata, GIS, learning algorithm). The challenge has been to adapt such method to a border context in order to make the most of it from a thematic analysis point of view. It has been a great individual experience for me to be given the opportunity to develop knowledge in geography research field, coming from environmental engineering and earth sciences.
Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Laura Mae J. HERZOG
2018 Cooperation in a Common-Pool Resource Problem Setting: The Case of Micro-Pollutant Regulation in the River Rhine University of Bern, Switzerland Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitris Christopoulos; Asst. Prof. Dr. Christophe Sohn
Testimony
I gained an in-depth knowledge on water quality management, on Social Network Analysis (SNA), on the data collection technique of surveys and interviews, on analytical thinking and mainly on conducting my own research; skills I’m applying in my current position as a postdoctoral researcher.
Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Karine DUPLAN
2016 To be(come) an ‘expat’: women’s practices of everyday space during international mobility in Luxembourg Université Paris Sorbonne, France Prof. Louis Dupont; Dr. Philippe Gerber
Testimony
Doing my PhD at LISER helped me in being open to other subfields of geography and in broadening my geographical knowledge beyond my own research interests. More specifically, it has been crucial by leading me in articulating quantitative and qualitative methodologies in my doctoral dissertation. It has also been strongly supportive by being part of a dynamic and inclusive research team. I loved doing my PhD at LISER, which seems to me the place to be when doing research in the field of mobility and of course when doing research on Luxembourg.
Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Nadja VICTOR
2016 Evaluation des déplacements piétons. Applications à la ville de Luxembourg Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France Prof. Thierry Joliveau; Dr. Olivier Klein
Testimony
I spent five years in the Urban Development and Mobility department of LISER where I participated to various undertaking and I obtained an AFR grant to realize my PhD with my own project (PAWLux). During this year I got used to work on studies requiring both a quantitative and qualitative approach. I also had the occasion to create and calibrate various GIS geodatabases about mobility and its environmental issues in cities by conducting spatial and statistics analysis. In the end, I produced 2 papers and 1 book chapter as first author reporting on the conceptual, methodological and empirical aspects of my research and I have submitted 7 proceedings at international academic conferences.

From my training and my working experience in LISER, I am now used to work in a multidisciplinary and multilingual team. It has always brought a lot of richness in our projects and I am looking forward to work again in such an environment. I also like to think that I learned how to work independently as well as engaging in collaborative work.
Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Maxime FREMOND
2015 Une approche normative de l’aménagement au Luxembourg. Évaluation par la simulation Université de Franche Comté, Besançon, France Prof. Cécile Tannier; Prof. Pierre Frankhauser; Dr. Philippe Gerber
Testimony
La réalisation d’une thèse au LISER a été une riche source d’expériences pour moi. En bénéficiant d’un contexte de recherche et d’études appliquées de haut niveau, le tout dans un contexte international, m’a permis d’acquérir et de développer des compétences en gestion de projet ou encore en organisation d’évènements, parallèlement au travail académique. La présence de nombreux doctorants et de chercheurs issus d’horizons différents m’a servi à construire un réseau intéressant à travers l’Europe.
Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Iryna KYZYMA
2015 Changing patterns of income poverty in rich countries University of Bremen, Germany Prof. Dr. Olaf Groh-Samberg; Prof. Dr. Stefan Traub; Dr. Alessio Fusco; Dr. Philippe Van Kerm;
Testimony
During the four years of my PhD I spent around 85% of my working time in LISER which, therefore, became the main place of my professional growth from a Master student to a PhD graduate and a researcher. Looking back at those four years, I have to say that I was extremely fortunate to do my doctoral studies in LISER and there are a number of reasons why.

First of all, LISER provided me with access to all datasets and research facilities necessary for successful academic work. I was provided with an office space accessible 24/7, received unlimited access to printing / copying facilities, and could use the library with the possibility of ordering any type of books and journals I needed for my work. The use of all these resources would not make sense if I were not granted with an excellent supervisory team in the face of Alessio Fusco and Philippe Van Kerm. Both of them not only provided me with the PhD supervision oriented at the achievement of strategic project goals but also with highly appreciated daily supervisory support. Being excellent experts in the field of inequality and poverty dynamics, they skillfully guided me through the process of PhD studies and contributed enormously to the development of my professional knowledge and skills. I am especially grateful to them for being always open to my research ideas and supportive on the way to their implementation.

Thanks to LISER, I also could effectively disseminate my research results generated over the four years of doctoral studies. The institute supported financially all my conference travels during the 4th year of PhD, when my AFR travel allowance was finished. This, in turn, allowed me to disseminate the final research results at prestigious conferences and workshops (e.g. 9th Biannual Federal Reserve System Conference on Economic Mobility in Washington D.C., 4th SOLE/EALE World Conference in Montreal, the workshop on Social Mobility in the Americas at Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality), to expand my scientific networks and to get many new ideas for future research. It is also worth mentioning that during the years of my PhD studies there were a lot of trainings and excellent seminars organized in LISER itself. All these seminars and training activities contributed a lot to the development of my research skills and created an excellent ground for my future academic career.
Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Omar CHARIF
2013 Modelling and simulating individuals' mobility system: An application on Luxembourg and its greater region Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France Prof. Philippe Trigano; Dr. Hichem Omrani
Testimony
During the four years, I spent in LISER (CEPS) as a Doctoral Fellow, I was offered the opportunity to meet international accomplished researchers and professors from various scientific fields, to interact with them and to learn from them. I was closely mentored while given the freedom to express my creativity and I was perfectly supported by everyone in the LISER establishment including colleagues, management, IT team and human resource team. I was provided with all the required tools to accomplish my PhD and to achieve the best possible outcome from it.
Name Year of graduation Title of PhD thesis University Supervisors
Carmen Dana PETROVICI
2012 Early Retirement Culture, Active Ageing and the Life course Prof. Dr. Jeroen K. Vermunt; Dr. Guy B.D. Moors Prof. Dr. Olaf Groh-Samberg; Prof. Dr. Stefan Traub; Dr. Alessio Fusco; Dr. Philippe Van Kerm
Testimony
I came first time in LISER in 2003 for the IMPALLA master and that was the year in which I learned statistics day and night. Due to this master, I decided to continue with a PhD in the field at Tilburg University in collaboration with LISER. The whole team from LISER supported me when I prepared the FNR proposal and every time I need it since. I was based in The Netherlands, but I came in regularly for study visits in Luxembourg, especially during the last part of my thesis when I used PSELL database in LISER and the input and help from all the researchers in LISER was very valuable.