PhD Workshop 2018

PhD Workshop @ IIHS

8-10 Jan, 2018 | IIHS Bengaluru City Campus

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) announces its annual PhD workshop, aimed at providing a dedicated space for PhD students to engage with IIHS faculty as well as faculty from around the world on a range of issues, from methodology and research design to multiple practices and publication. The workshop will be held on the 8, 9, and 10 of January 2018. This workshop will be the fourth iteration of the PhD workshop spread across three days and conducted at IIHS’ Bengaluru City Campus. It will host participants from across a wide range of urban related disciplines. It is designed to assist participants to explore in-depth, and further fine-tune their ongoing research work.


To accommodate participants at different stages of their doctoral career, this year’s iteration of the workshop will have a common track as well as two specialised tracks that will focus on specific needs of participants. This includes early-stage scholars who are beginning work specifically around urban themed research, as well as later-stage scholars where the urban has been a main or subsidiary focus of their research. Each track will have a curated reader that includes state of the art literature especially on methods. Participants in ‘breakout’ sessions will be encouraged to utilise the IIHS library collections including access to online journals to compile literature particular to their research theme. The breakout sessions will also allow meeting IIHS faculty.


With a strong inter-disciplinary focus, IIHS aims at nurturing cutting-edge research that is focused on the challenges and opportunities of India’s urban transition. IIHS has one of the best urban libraries in Asia and cutting-edge technology with excellent world class facilities to aid the learning process. The IIHS’ Word Lab and Media Lab provide an opportunity to seek both technical support and explore new conceptual and representational possibilities.


Drawing on IIHS’ domestic and international partner networks, the workshop is designed to provide a dedicated space for scholars to expand on their work while interacting with eminent scholars in the field. IIHS’ philosophy in researching the urban emphasises inter-disciplinarily thinking, also to bridge theory and practice. IIHS faculty are involved in several urban management projects across India, apart from policy support to state and central government, international development agencies, and the UN.


The Commons: This will primarily involve engagement with eminent scholars in the field as they explore the possibilities of new methodologies and pedagogies in and around the issues of the urban. The sessions will include:

  • Introduction to multiple facets of the Urban Literature as part of a broader discussion on the mechanics of a literature review
  • Bridging Theory & Practice
  • Ethics
  • ‘Crises and Counselling’: balancing home life with the PhD process


Track One: Discovering the field and the question

  • Forms of writing and generating tentative research questions
  • Organising field research: conceptual issues around the survey method, coding, thematic analysis; ethics as a situated issue; quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods; the extended case methods; constructivist and interpretive grounded theory; multi-sited ethnography; digital ethnographies; inter-disciplinary analysis


Track Two: Finalising their dissertation & academic and practice based futures

  • Organising the writing process: collating field material, the abstraction process, defining chapterisation
  • Re-discovering and re-engaging the research question
  • Publication and wider dissemination strategies
  • Preparing course modules for curriculum development: generating innovative pedagogies
  • Future careers post the PhD: The Job Talk; careers within and outside Academia


Please submit your applications by 15 December 2017 to In your application packet please include the following:

  • Application Form (To be filled, downloaded and sent with application packet to the above email ID)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Sample of applicant Original Work (PDF or Word Document, not more than 8000 words)

Copyright for such Original Work will lie with the author. The applicant agrees that IIHS may, at the applicant’s request, help refine such original work further at the Workshop, if the applicant is selected for the same.


There are no charges associated with participating in the workshop. Selected participants will be responsible for accommodation and travel.


About the Indian Institute for Human Settlements:
The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. More details about IIHS, its research, practice, and work can be found at

IIHS Bengaluru City Campus
No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road
Bengaluru 560 080. India

tel: +91 80 6760 6666
fax: +91 80 2361 6814

Tentative Agenda

Pre-workshops tasks: Registrations and assigning students to Track 1 or Track 2

DAY 1: 8 JANUARY 2018  |  MONDAY
9:00 – 9:30 amRegistration
9:30 – 10:00 amIntroductions
10:00 – 11:45 amCOMMONS – I Plenary Session
11:45 – 12:00 pmTea
12:00 – 1:30 pmStudent presentations in two tracks – I
1:30 – 2:30 pmLunch
2:30 – 4:30 pmFaculty remarks & Student presentations in two tracks -II
4:30 – 4:45 pmTea
4:45 – 6:00 pmIntroduction to the Track I & II Exercises in a Workshop mode
9:00 – 10:00 amWorkshop/ Structured Group Work Track I & II Exercises
10:00 – 11:45 amCOMMONS – II Plenary Session
11:45 – 12:00 pmTea
12:00 – 1:30 pmWorkshop/ Structured Group Work Track I & II Exercises
1:30 – 2:30 pmLunch
2:30 – 4:30 pmWorkshop mode – Student work presentations (writing) in two tracks
4:30 – 4:45 pmTea
4:45 – 6:00 pmWorkshop mode – Student work presentations (writing) in two tracks
Day 3: 10 January 2018  |  Wednesday
09:00 – 11:45 amCOMMONS – II Plenary Session
11:45 – 12:00 pmTea
12:00 – 1:30 pmWorkshop mode Student work presentations (writing) in two tracks
1:30 – 2:30 pmLunch
2:30 – 4:30 pmWorkshop mode – Student work presentations (writing) in two tracks
4:30 – 4:45 pmTea
4:45 – 5:00 pmClosing

To express interest and for more information please write to

Discounted rates can be availed at the following area hotels (subject to availability). Please indicated participation at Urban ARC – Research Conference at IIHS for discounts.


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