Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS) 2018


Between 16th and 19th July 2018, the Global Urban Studies (GUS) cluster hosted the 4th Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS) at the Shaw Foundation Building. The SIUS brings together early career scholars from around the world for deliberation of professional development and discussion of cutting-edge issues in the transdisciplinary field of urban studies. SIUS 2018 was the fourth time the Institute had been run, and the first time outside of Manchester. The Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) and GUS co-organized SIUS 2018, with further support from Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College and the Future Cities Lab. Sponsorship was kindly provided by the University of Manchester, the Urban Studies Foundation and Singapore Ministry of Education AcRF Tier 1 Research grant (FY2017-FRC2-014).

Hosting of the 2018 summer institute in Singapore – somewhere that does not even have a “summer” season! – was itself significant in the context of calls in urban studies over the past decade for (what Ananya Roy famously termed) “new geographies of theory”. It was therefore appropriate that the opening plenary session “Urban Studies from Elsewhere” foregrounded the situated-ness of urban knowledge production. There were three other paired plenary sessions across the four days of the Institute. A full list of the plenary sessions is provided in the table below. Click here to access the audio recordings of the presentations.

Plenary Session TitleDatePresentersAffiliation
Urban Studies from Elsewhere16th July 2018Shenjing He

James D. Sidaway
University of Hong Kong
NUS (Geography)
Gender - Urban Theory and Urban Politics17th July 2018Daniel P.S. Goh

Linda Peake
NUS (Sociology)
York University
Urban Infrastructures18th July 2018Jane M. Jacobs
Charlotte Lemanski
Yale-NUS College
University of Cambridge
Sustainable Futures19th July 2018Cecilia Wong

Anant Maringanti
University of Manchester
Hyderabad Urban Lab

As in previous Institutes in Manchester, the SIUS 2018 programme also included a variety of panel discussion sessions involving the visiting plenary speakers, Singapore-based urbanists and other visitors:

Panel Discussion TitleDatePanellistsAffiliation
Urbanism's Others
[Hosted by the Future Cities Lab]
16th July 2018Nausheen Anwar
Stephen Cairns
Jonathan Rigg
Christian Schmid
Inst. of Business Admin., Karachi
Future Cities Lab

NUS (Asia Research Institute & Geog)
ETH Zurich
Designing Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Curricula16th July 2018Shauna Brail
Lee Kah Wee
Nick Smith
Univeristy of Toronto
NUS (Architecture)
Yale-NUS College
Precarity & Inequality17th July 2018Anant Maringanti
Pow Choon-Piew
Cecilia Wong
Hyderabad Urban Lab

NUS & Urban Studies Foundation
University of Manchester
Collaboration18th July 2018Kamalini Ramdas
Michelle Miller
Linda Peake
Tim Bunnell
NUS (Geography)

NUS (Asia Research Institute)
York University
NUS (Geography and GUS)
Job Talk19th July 2018Jamie Gillen
Shenjing He
Shin Eun Jin
NUS (Geography)
Univeristy of Hong Kong
Yale-NUS College
What Kinds of Urban Studies for the 21st Century?19th July 2018Charlotte Lemanski
Ate Poorthius
AbdouMaliq Simone

Kevin Ward
University of Cambridge


Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
University of Manchester

The panel discussion on “Designing Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Curricula” was held at Yale-NUS College, and was followed by an “Urban Studies Curriculum Workshop”. Both of those elements of the programme were organized by Nick Smith and Jane M. Jacobs. There was also Yale-NUS involvement in the writing workshop held on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th July; Trisha Craig from Yale-NUS College (together with freelance journalist, Tom Benner) convened sessions on “Writing for More-than-academic Audiences”.

Two elements of the programme explicitly enabled participants to engage with urban (re)development in Singapore beyond campus. On Tuesday 17th July, Tony Tan (from Singapore Heritage Society) led a tour of the URA Gallery and the surrounding streets of Chinatown. And on the evening of Wednesday 18th July, the Institute dinner was held in Prima Tower, giving participants a revolving view of the restless landscape of Singapore.
Many thanks to all of the participants, speakers, panellists, organizers, and sponsors for contributing to the success of SIUS 2018.

Tim Bunnell (GUS) and Kevin Ward (MUI).

Organizing team:
Singapore: Tim Bunnell (chair), Jamie Gillen, Daniel PS Goh, Jane M. Jacobs, Lee Kah Wee, Michelle Miller, Nick R. Smith, Clare Yong

Manchester: Kevin Ward, Cecilia Wong, Matthew Harrison

To see our participants’ online engagement with the Institute, click here or search #SIUS2018 on Twitter!

For more information, take a look at our programme booklet:

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