MUI launches first International Doctoral Cluster with University of Toronto

The newly established International Doctoral Cluster (IDC) between The University of Manchester and the University of Toronto will focus on the theme of cities and infrastructure in a global age.

The Singapore skyline at nightThe IDC will recruit PhD students at each university to start their studies in September 2021 and will focus on the absence and presence of different types of infrastructure in cities and the relationship between infrastructure and contemporary forms of urbanisation.

The cluster offers an exciting opportunity to strengthen the relationship between The University of Manchester and the University of Toronto, helping to increase research capacity, produce graduates ready to face the global challenges of the future and, through international recruitment, offer both institutions an opportunity to reach new markets.

Professor Kevin Ward, Director of the Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) and Professor of Human Geography, who will be leading Manchester’s academic team, said “we’re delighted to be collaborating with the University of Toronto on this International Doctoral Cluster. It will create a step-change in the productive links between our two institutions, building upon our successful series of joint research initiatives.”

The successful PhD applicants will be co-supervised by academics from both universities, enabling students to benefit from the research capacity at two world-class institutions. Alongside their work, a wider network of researchers and students at both institutions will be brought together to share insights from on-going projects into urban infrastructure, creating a larger interdisciplinary cluster.

More information

  • Interested colleagues and students are invited to attend an online open meeting with the Professor Kevin Ward, Director of the Manchester Urban Institute, and Matti Siemiatycki, Interim-Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto on Thursday, 10 November, 3pm using the video and audio conference call platform, Zoom. Link to the Q&A.
  • Further details of the programme can be found on the MUI website.

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