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Manchester Urban Institute

Summer Institute in Urban Studies

Each Summer Institute in Urban Studies provides an opportunity to investigate leading-edge theoretical and methodological questions, along with a range of associated career development issues, in the field of urban studies.

Each Institute features contributions from internationally renowned figures in urban studies, from inside and outside of Manchester.

The institute comprises an intensive, week-long programme of activities and is open to:

  • doctoral students (usually post-fieldwork),
  • postdoctoral researchers,
  • recently appointed faculty and lecturers (normally within three years of first continuing appointment)


MUI delegates talking

Programmes are designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the innovatory developments and enduring controversies in urban studies.

Our programmes provide mentoring and support in the different aspects of the academic labour process:

  • applying for grants to designing courses;
  • editing books and special issues of journals;
  • writing book proposals;
  • publishing in journals; and
  • working at the academic / non-academic interface. 

They consist of panels, lectures and reading groups with participants involved in shaping the final programme.


The fee for the Institute covers the organisational costs and includes accommodation for five nights, a welcome reception, a walking tour, lunches, and an institute dinner. Fees are calculated each year based on cost.


Funding from The University of Manchester usually allows us to offer three scholarships to those attending from countries classified as B or C by the ISA.

Scholarships cover the cost of travel and the Institute registration fee and are separate for each year.

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