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Summer Institute in Urban Studies

The 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.

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

After three Institutes in Manchester in 2014, 2015 and 2016 it moved to a bi-annual footing and to being held around the world in partnership with the Manchester Urban Institute.

#SIUS2018 took place 15 to 19 July 2018. 

Each Institute normally draws over 150 applications for 25 places. 

It features contributions from internationally renowned academics from across urban studies, from inside and outside of the host university. The Institute comprises an intensive, four day-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)


Source: Joe Daniels, 18 July 2018, #SIUS2018
Summer Institute in Urban Studies participants

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;
  • key controversies and debates;
  • writing book proposals;
  • publishing in journals;
  • the challenges and opportunities of working at the academic / non-academic interface; and
  • the shifting boundaries of the field of “urban studies.

They consist of panels, lectures, reading groups and walking tours 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 and are normally around £250-£300.


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.


At #SIUS2018 in Singapore, we recorded each of our eight plenary speakers. While not the same as being there, hopefully they give you a sense of the content and tone of the debate and discussion! These are available in the playlist below.

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