Urban Studies Summer Schools 2016

As you may all know, I’m on the second year of my PhD on Sociology. My topic of interest is very related to Urban Studies, but I am not exactly on that training. That’s why I’ve been thinking on participating in a Summer School.

Summer Schools come to perfection, pulish and enrich candidates, students and professionals’ knowledge on a subject. There are many already available but I’m shocked of their cost. I don’t want to say that they don’t value those tuitions, but… if the target group is students… I see a huge gap.

Organizers, should keep in mind that additional cost of participating, such as accommodation, diets, transportation and flights. Some of them already consider these points and offer scholarships based on the ISA Economies Chart.

I’ve sent a few applications, and I hope to receive any acceptance 😉

Let’s check a few of them:

University 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.

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 and reading groups with participants involved in shaping the final programme.


The fee for the Institute is £275 GBP. This amount covers the organisational costs and includes accommodation for five nights (26 June to 1 July inclusive), a welcome reception (26 June), a walking tour, lunches, and an institute dinner (29 June).


Confirmed speakers:

  • Tim Bunnell (National University of Singapore)
  • Andrew Jonas (University of Hull)
  • Stephanie Pincetl (University of California Los Angeles)
  • Fran Tonkiss (London School of Economics)

Speakers from the University of Manchester will include: Stefan Bouzarovski, Jonathan Darling, James Evans, Graham Haughton, Andrew Karvoven, William Kutz, Melanie Lombard, Ruth Lupton, Andrew Miles, Stephen Milner, Diana Mitlin, Chris Phillipson, James Scorer, Erik Swyngedouw, Kevin Ward, Helen Wilson, Cecilia Wong, and Albena Yaneva.


To apply for SIUS 16 download an application form via the link below. The deadline for applications is midnight (UK time) on Sunday 31 January 2016.


University of Amsterdam

Urban Studies: Planning and Living in Cities

In this program students will explore housing, planning and policy issues in European cities as well as consider how these apply in other regions of the world. With a focus on real urban contexts, the course will examine subjects such as architecture and neighbourhood design, housing finance and policy, urban planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most vibrant and attractive cities, providing a fascinating laboratory for the exploration and examination of urban issues.

Including lectures on the following topics:

  • Dutch architecture and urban design
  • City spaces and urban places
  • Homes, housing and household issues
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Housing and Finance
  • City living and social segregation
  • Non Profit Housing Associations
  • Housing/urban planning/Issues in other countries
  • Urban development and redevelopment in a European context

UvA Summerschool Eye 2014

Photo: Maartje Strijbis


Programme dates:   3 July – 22 July 2016
Academic Opening:   Sunday 3 July 2016
Housing dates:   1 July – 23 July 2016
Academic Director:   Dr. Richard Ronald


Study Load

The academic dates for the programme are 3 July – 22 July, beginning with a mandatory Orientation on Sunday 3 July. The programme schedule from Monday to Thursday includes:

morning lecture (2.5 hours)

lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)

afternoon workshop (2.5 hours; includes site visits, museums, and walking tours).

On Fridays, participants will go on excursions (participation included in tuition fee).

Deadline for application

Due to the popularity of this summer programme in 2015, the deadline for application submission for the 2016 programme is March 1, 2016. After March 1, the Admissions Committee will assess all of the applications and choose the best 26 applicants from the pool of applications. All students will be informed of their admission or rejection no later than March 15, 2016.

University of Copenhagen

New Urban Life Across the Globe: Activism and Change in a World of Cities

International two-week summer school (7.5 ECTS) from 25th of July to 5th of August 2016. Presented by the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Centre of African Studies and the Department of Sociology, the University of Copenhagen.

For the first time in human history, more people now live in cities than outside them, and many of the major political contestations of the 21st Century occur in urban settings.

Recent years have thus seen a surge in horizontally organized political movements, experiments in local governance, new forms of protest and grassroots initiatives, eco-activism and social innovation in cities and smaller towns spanning from Barcelona to Istanbul, Hong Kong to Detroit, and Bogotá to Cape Town. Uniting these trends is the belief that the state and its traditional institutions cannot meet all the needs arising from urbanization, and that real democratic change must begin from below.

These developments demand a new ontology of the political that “sees like a city” and pays attention to urban life as both localized and globalized, as well as a new epistemology of “the urban” that can take into account the diverse field of politics emerging in cities.

During this summer school, the students will be immersed in critical urban theory and practical approaches to urban ethnography, drawing from a broad range of excellent research at three faculties of the University of Copenhagen. The aim of the course is to cultivate knowledge of the relation between the urban and social and political change today. Students will develop a general skill in applying urban theory from the humanities and the social sciences on cases from urban societies across the world. Special emphasis will be placed on combining theory from the global north and south.

Methodologically, the students will be trained to conduct urban ethnography and to gather qualitative data on selected processes of social and political change that could include activist communities, issues of contested authority, planning controversies and everyday city-making. Finally, they will be trained to work analytically with this kind of data, and to discuss urban theory in relation to the ethnography.

Read more about the summer school.

Urban Culture in Theory and Action


Urban Culture in Theory and Action is an international two-week summer school at University of Copenhagen. The next summer school runs from 8th to 20th of August 2016. Deadline for applications: 1st of April 2016.

This IARU Global Summer Program, supported by Asian Dynamics Initiative and curated by Urban Culture Lab, presents students with a unique opportunity to experience urban culture in theory and action in Copenhagen.

The course focuses on cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation in the city by combining urban theory with hands-on practice. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and field trips, the student will engage with cultural practitioners, social activists and urban theorists from Copenhagen and around the world. Bringing academic knowledge of urban life together with empirical know-how generated by practitioners, the program do-it-yourself approach will help students develop their own ideas into project proposals that can inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in their home cities.

The program is tied together with the simultaneous Strøm electronic music festival and embedded within Copenhagen’s alternative spaces, particularly the co-creative community PB43. Using Copenhagen as a laboratory for studying the creative and innovative use, development or repurposing of urban space, the course also opens up to cross-cultural and global perspectives through presentations of research from around the world.

Read more on this website and follow them on Facebook, where we regularly post interesting topics from global urban studies.


If you have any interesting Summer Urban University, please, 
drop a line here bellow!



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