About the Summer School

The Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) II Urban Methodologies Summer School (UMSS) is a four-day event aimed at PhD researchers, early-career academics and advanced postgraduate students. It will be held online, on 21-24 June 2021, focusing on the theme of Urban Inquiries for a Post-pandemic City.

The Summer School will feature four masterclass sessions led by Professor Nazgol Bagheri (University of Texas San Antonio), Dr Begona Amarayona (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), Professor Verónica Crossa (ColMex) and Professor Loretta Lees (Uni of Leicester). These sessions will cover novel and innovative approaches to researching the urban sphere: critical qualitative GIS, visual based methods and ethnography, research ethics in the public urban space and discourse analysis for urban space research. The summer school will also hold a workshop on collaborative mapping online research delivered by Dr. Iolanda Bianchi (Autonomous University of Barcelona) who will present the international research project SOLIVID, and a General Lecture by Professor Roger Keil (York University, Canada) entitled “City and the Pandemic: a comparative urban research approach”.


Two Doctoral Student Plenaries will also feature, where selected participants will deliver short twenty minute presentations on their own research methodology to receive feedback from participants and a panel of CURA researchers.

The UMSS is open to applicants from any higher education institution, or without a current affiliation, working on areas related to urban politics, policy, political economy, sociology and geography. The UMSS is free to attend, and a limited number of places will be available.


Deadline for applications is Friday 14 May 2021. You can apply here and successful applicants will be notified by early May.


If you have any queries, please contact merce.cortina-oriol@dmu.ac.uk.

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