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Urban Theories Across Borders (UTAB), 5-17 December 2022

IRASEC Doctoral Workshops in Social Sciences and Humanities

Logo UTABThe winter school Urban Theories Across Borders (UTAB) targets early career researchers — master and PhD students — who aim to pursue knowledge production about cities and urbanization in Southeast Asia from a social sciences perspective. It helps the students to engage with the most recent debates in the urban studies field, provides methodological tools to write and improve research proposals, and initiate the students to urban fieldwork activities.

This year, UTAB thematic focus is on comparative urban studies : why is it useful to compare cities in Southeast Asia and beyond ? Starting from this very broad question, we will ask why is it relevant to compare cities within Southeast Asia, and what do we get from expanding the comparisons to cities located outside of this regional area.

UTAB is a recurring event organized in partnership with :

  • the Faculty of Architecture of Chiang Mai University,
  • the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning of Universitas Trisakti,
  • the Doctoral School « City, Transports and Territories » of the Université Paris Est.

UTAB 2022 edition is a two weeks event that will take place between 5th and 17th December 2022 in Chiang Mai (December 5th-9th) and Yogyakarta (December 12th-17th).


UTAB 2022 is placed under the umbrella of the IRASEC doctoral workshops in social sciences and humanities, which have the objective to foster dialogue and exchange about research on Southeast Asia in the fields of the social sciences and humanities. They encourage comparative and regional research approaches ; facilitate students’ exchange, thesis co-tutorship and co-supervision for early career Southeast Asian researchers, especially those who are willing to pursue their studies in France.


Master and PhD students are invited to send their application for UTAB 2022 before August 15th 2022. The application file shall be composed by

  • a cover letter ;
  • an updated curriculum vitae ;
  • a research project (between 700 and 1000 words) ;
  • the names and email address of 2 referees ;
  • a copy of master degree or academic transcript
  • (in case the applicant does not yet hold his/her master degree at the time of the application)

Successful applicants will be notified on September 15th 2022.


Questions about the winter school as well as applications and fundings shall be submitted by email to the following address : winterschool2022 irasec.com.

For more information about the program and scope of the winter school, please download the flyer , the detailed program and/or visit our Facebook page.