Global Urban Studies Cluster


News & Events

27 March 2019

The World Banks's "Hidden Hand" in the Global Mobilization of Urban Transport Policy

14 February 2019

Las Vegas in Singapore

31 January 2019

Jakarta's Provisional Life

2 October 2018

Controlled Environments: An Urban Research Agenda on Microclimatic Enclosure

16 - 19 July 2018

Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS) 2018

29 March 2018

Public Talk – Street Art and Cultural Value: the place of art in a public city @ National Library Board

27 March 2018

On Precariousness, Public Cultures, and the Open City – A Graduate Seminar on Methodologies

16 March 2018

Experiments in Automated Mobility: Shaping Urban Futures

15 March 2018

The Decolonization of Planning

1 Feb 2018

Special Issue: ‘Urban friendship networks: Affective negotiations and potentialities of care’ just published in the Journal Urban Studies!

23 January 2018

Application for Summer Institute in Urban Studies

16 November 2017

Hacking and Urban Infrastructure

7 September 2017

Unofficial Plans: Drawing, Time, and Developmental Vision in Mumbai

17 August 2017

GUS Open Cluster Meeting for AY17/18

19 April 2017

The Infrastructure of Infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

6 April 2017

A ‘Model State’ For Malaysia?: Competing Visions of (Re)development in a UNESCO World Heritage City

9 March 2017

Urban Resistance and the Radical Imagination: Anti-gentrification movements in New York City ‘post-Occupy’

10 Febuary 2017

The SIJORI Cross-Border Region: Transnational Politics, Economics, and Culture

18 January 2017

Plotting and Scheming: Land Acquisition and Market Values in Colonial Bombay City, 1898 – 1920

7 November 2016

Urban Studies Workshop

20 October 2016

Singapore Inc. & Vancouverism: Hazards of modelling City Growth

14 June 2016

Capital Dreaming: Speculative Planning and Spectacular Urbanism in Amaravati (India)

9 June 2016

The Politics of Policy Mobilization:  Powerful Ideas, Urban Spaces, and Social Movements

12 - 13 May 2016

Constructing Asia: Materiality, Capital, and Labour in the Making of an Urbanizing Landscape

2 March 2016

Books, Birds, and Pioneers: On the (provisionally) failed transformation of a former airport into a ‘lab for urban life in the 21st century’

22 - 23 February 2016

Urban Asia: Futures Past, Present and Yet to Come

27 January 2016

The Urban Social Forum: Another City is Possible!



We greatly regret to inform you that the FASS Global Urban Studies (GUS) Research Cluster will be closed as of 1 July 2019. We would like to thank you for your participation and interest in the cluster. Moving forward, if there are any research collaborations we can help you with, please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!

About Us

The Global Urban Studies Cluster, under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), National University of Singapore (NUS), is an initiative to promote interdisciplinary work on urban territories and processes in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to providing a space for urban studies research within FASS, the cluster seeks to foster collaborative research with different faculties in the university and with other international universities and research institutions.

Previously known as the Cities Cluster, the Global Urban Studies Cluster includes but is not limited to the study of cities and urban processes in Asia.

The “global” scope of the cluster encompasses:

  • Global and world cities research on advanced producer service linkages and associated transnational networks
  • Social, economic and political networks incorporating cities that do not appear on world/global cities maps
  • Historical work on transnational and global urban connections (including from eras before academic social scientists became interested in globalization, transnationalism etc.)
  • The city (and other urban units of analysis) in comparative perspective at a variety of spatial scales and historical timeframes
  • Postcolonial urban scholarship and the associated push for a “more global” (i.e. less Euro-American-centred) urban studies
  • Issues of extended urbanization, operational landscapes and their planetary ecological implications.
  • Methodology, and the diverse modes of “doing” urban studies

These themes are promoted through the various activities that we organize such as seminars, workshops, forums and conferences. Through these activities, we seek to bring together faculty members from different disciplines with shared interests in cities and urban transformation as well as academics from other relevant institutions to network and engage in intellectual discussion.

Contact Us

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 6
5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570

Global Urban Studies Cluster
Tel : (65) 6516 7035 
Fax : (65) 67794662
If you are interested to join the Global Urban StudiesCluster, talk to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details and photos of our events can also be found on the Global Urban Studies Cluster Blog.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Level 5 (Undergraduate) & Level 6 (Graduate)
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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