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Summer Institute in Urban Studies

The Summer Institute in Urban Studies 2016 took place from 26 June 2016 - 30 June 2016. A full house of international early career researchers and speakers participated in a dynamic week of activity.

Thank you very much to everyone who took part!

For those who applied, but were not selcted this time, please do apply again for future programmes, repeat applications are very welcome.

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.


Open to doctoral students (usually post-fieldwork), postdoctoral researchers, and recently appointed faculty/lecturers (normally within three years of first continuing appointment), the Institute comprises an intensive, week-long programme of activities.  

Programmes are designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the innovatory developments and enduring controversies in urban studies, as well as mentoring and support in the different aspects of the academic labour process - from applying for grants to designing courses, from editing books and special issues of journals to writing book proposals, and from publishing in journals to 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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