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Knowledge in
Action for Urban Equality 


doctoral training course

Co-producing Doctoral Urban Research
in the Global South

about the course

The second iteration of the DTC has taken place in early December. Stay In the KNOW to hear about future iterations.

  • 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 synchronous sessions from 06 – 09 December 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. For more details about the course and application process, please consult the Call for Applicants document.

* Please note: 

At this stage, the DTC is only open to PhD researchers from UK Universities. 

This is because the course content is developed directly around procedures, processes and participant’s experiences of doing research at UK universities.

If you are a PhD student from outside of the UK, we hope to invite your application in future iterations of the course. Please subscribe to our Newsletter and watch this space to find out when and where the DTC may be running in regions outside the UK. 

For more information about the course

please download the call for applications.

apply for the course

To apply, please click 'apply now', download and complete the editable word document by 01 November 2021 (17:00 GMT)


If you have any trouble with the form, please email 

Work package & city partner teams

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.

You can read some reflections from the first KNOW DTC (January 2021) below:

further enquiry

Thanks for your enquiry. We will aim to get back to you shortly

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