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Summer Institute in Urban Studies 2015

The 2015 Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS15) will take place at the University of Manchester from the evening of Sunday 28 June to the evening of Thursday 2 July 2015. It provides an opportunity to investigate cutting edge theoretical and methodological questions, along with a range of associated career development issues, in the field of urban studies.

The Institute will feature 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 program of activities.  

It is 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. It will consist of panels, lectures, reading groups, with participants involved in shaping the final programme. 


Confirmed special guest speakers include: Roger Keil (York University, Canada); Pauline Lipman (UIC); Simon Marvin (Durham); Jennifer Robinson (UCL).

In addition the event will include multi-disciplinary contributions from academics, researchers and specialists at the University of Manchester and associated with cities@manchester. In addition to those giving plenaries a range of others will be acting as chairs, discussants and panellists during the course of the Institute, with further details to be confirmed.

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