Virtual Doctorate School 2022





April-July 2022/ Overview

What: A small group of students who will present their work, read each other’s work, and provide feedback to their peers, coordinated and led by one faculty member serving as an academic advisor.
Who: PhD students in urban related disciplines who are actively working on their thesis/dissertation. The School is not suitable for students who are at the early portion of their PhD studies, as it focuses on discussing, reviewing, and refining existing work for scholarly presentation and publication.
When: One 2-3 hour meeting each month in April, May, and June 2022; currently planning on April 7/8, May 12/13, and June 9/10. A workshop on how to publish papers in urban studies will follow these sessions.
Why: To bring together students from as many regions of the world as possible to discuss their work (in English) with each other coordinated by an established scholar.
Where: On Zoom


The Research Committee 21 (RC21) of the International Sociological Association and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) invite applications for up to 36 places on our Virtual Doctorate School to be held in three sessions between April and July 2022.

The Virtual Doctorate School is aimed at PhD students who are actively working on their thesis/dissertation on a topic that contributes to conceptual and theoretical debates in urban sociology or urban studies more broadly. A key objective in the selection process and the creation of the smaller cohorts will be to have significant representation from each continent. The school will provide PhD students with an opportunity to learn from each other as they share their work in a small group overseen by an established scholar from an urban studies related discipline. The goal is to offer PhD students an engaging environment to present their work and to engage with other scholars and established faculty in the field of urban sociology and related disciplines.

RC21 – the Research Committee 21 on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association – is a non-profit scientific association established in 1970 to promote theory and research in the sociology of urban and regional development, and – in so doing – create an international community of scholars who will advance the field. The coordinator of the Virtual Doctorate School 2022 is RC21 board member Dr. John Joe (John or J.J.) Schlichtman. The school can be reached at


There are no fees for the Doctorate School.

Application procedure

The application asks for:

  • a CV in English,
  • a draft (in English) of an 8000 word (or less) article, chapter, or other writing sample derived from the applicant’s dissertation research. Applicants can submit in another language for the purposes of the submission if translation presents a problem in the short timeline.
  • responses to several questions (regarding the applicant’s paper, larger dissertation project, and motivation for participating.)

Fill out the online application form here:

The deadline for application is MONDAY February 7, 2022 at midnight GMT. The selection process will take place in January and February 2022 and the applications will be assessed by the RC21 Board. You will be informed about the outcome of your application by early March or before.