Summer Institute in Urban Studies

Due to the on-going global COVID-19 pandemic, SIUS 2020 is now scheduled as a face-to-face event in June/July 2022.

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 2020 will be held in Toronto.

After three Institutes in Manchester in 2014, 2015 and 2016 it moved to a biennial footing and to being held around the world in partnership with the Manchester Urban Institute. SIUS 2018 took place in Singapore in July 2018 and SIUS 2020 was scheduled to take place in Toronto from 14 to 18 June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed the event until summer 2021. More details will be available in due course.

We received over 100 applications for SIUS 2020. The successful candidates have now been invited to attend SIUS 2021 instead.

The Summer Institute 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 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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