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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 four nights, a welcome reception, a walking tour, lunches, and an institute dinner. Fees are calculated each year based on cost.


Our funders are usually able to offer us 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.

SIUS 2018

National University of Singapore and Urban Studies Foundation logo
SIUS 2018 will be hosted by the National University of Singapore and is funded by the Urban Studies Foundation.

The next Summer Institute in Urban Studies will take place at the National University of Singapore between the evening of Sunday 15 July and late afternoon of Thursday 19 July 2018. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Tim Bunnell (National University of Singapore)
  • Daniel P S Goh (National University of Singapore)
  • Shenjing He (Hong Kong University)
  • Jane M Jacobs (Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College)
  • Lee Kah Wee (National University of Singapore)
  • Charlotte Lemanski (Cambridge University)
  • Anant Maringanti (Hyderabad Urban Lab, India)
  • Michelle A Miller (National University of Singapore)
  • Linda Peake (York University, Toronto)
  • C P Pow (National University of Singapore)
  • James D Sidaway (National University of Singapore)
  • Nick Smith (Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College)
  • Kevin Ward (University of Manchester)
  • Cecilia Wong (University of Manchester

For SIUS 2018, we had more than 170 applications. A panel of three organisers reviewed each application and combined their scores to come up with an overall ranking for scholarships to be offered and participants to be invited. We now have a complete list of 27 registered participants who are also the most diverse summer institute group yet.

You can follow updates and announcements on Twitter using #sius2018.

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