Co-producing Doctoral Urban Research in the Global South

Organised by

Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London


Prof Caren Levy; Dr Colin Marx; Prof Adriana Allen; Dr Julia Wesely; Dr Christopher Yap


18/01/2021 - 21/01/2021




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  • How can doctoral research contribute to more equal cities?

  • Do you want to learn about collaborating with partners in the global South?

  • What does it mean to work across disciplines and with different forms of knowledge?

  • Do you want to exchange ideas and practices with other doctoral students and researchers?

Course Overview

The KNOW Doctoral Training Course, “Co-producing Doctoral Urban Research in the Global South” is an online short course which aims to:

  • Mobilise urban equality and epistemic justice as critical lenses for engaging with urban development challenges for a diversity of students from universities across the UK;

  • Provide the space for a critical discussion about the theory and practice of knowledge co-production; 

  • Generate a supportive co-learning environment for students to reflect on the current or potential contributions of knowledge co-production to their doctoral research; 

  • Contribute to the development of a UK Urban Learning Hub which brings together urban researchers who engage with issues of knowledge co-production and urban equality.

Course Details 

Through online sessions from 18-21 January 2021, the course will address the following questions:

  1. How do we position ourselves in our (PhD) research?

  2. How do we build and nurture partnerships with equivalence with research partners?

  3. How do we navigate the tensions and opportunities of mobilising knowledge co-production in doctoral research?

  4. How can we build collective strategies to share lessons learnt about co-producing doctoral research in the Global South?

Eligibility criteria

Applicants are required to:

  • Be enrolled in a PhD programme at a UK university;

  • Demonstrate that their doctoral projects show significant interest in, or are already committed to, address issues of one or more of the following concepts and approaches: epistemic justice, co-production and/or urban equality in relation to cities of the global South.

We particularly encourage applications from first and second-year MPhil/PhD students, but the course is open to everyone. 

The course is hosted by the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London. Course facilitators are UK-based KNOW investigators and KNOW City Partners in Dar es Salaam and Havana.

For more information about the course and to download the application form, please visit:

All queries and completed applications should be submitted to:

We look forward to receiving your applications by 3rd December 2020, 5.00 pm (GMT).


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


No cost

Website and registration


Greater London


Epistemology, Descriptive Research, Exploratory Research, Comparative and Cross National Research, Comparative research, Participatory Research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Action Research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Ethnographic Research, Mixed Methods, Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research, knowledge co-production , , epistemic justice , , urban equality , , urban research , , global South , , co-production , , coproduction

Related publications and presentations

Descriptive Research
Exploratory Research
Comparative and Cross National Research
Comparative research
Participatory Research
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Action Research
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Ethnographic Research
Mixed Methods
Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research

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