Summer Institute in Urban Studies

When and Where

Sunday, June 14, 2020 9:25 am to Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:00 pm
Toronto, ON, Canada


Applications for the Summer Institute in Urban Studies 2020 (#SIUS2020) are now open!

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.

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 will take place in Toronto from 14 to 18 June 2020.

Applications for #SIUS2020 are now open. Please complete the application form and email it to on or before 5pm (GMT) on Monday 3 February 2020.

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 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).


Programmes are designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the innovatory developments and enduring controversies in urban studies.

The 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.

Contact Information


Toronto, ON, Canada