LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Public Workshop, Formation of Istanbul’s City Region, 19 May 2016

We would like to inform you about the workshop “Formation of Istanbul’s City Region” which is organized jointly by LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies, LSE European Institute, and LSE Cities. The workshop will take place on Thursday, 19 May 2016 between 2pm and 5pm at the room 9.05, 9th Floor, Tower2, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Please find below the details of the event:

Workshop Synopsis: The economic geography of Istanbul’s evolution into a mega city of 15 million will be explored in this workshop.  By looking particularly at the infrastructural projects of the last decade, the speakers will analyse the expansion of the city-region centred on Istanbul.  They will focus on the transformation of land use patterns using census data as well as satellite imagery revealing land cover changes.

Speakers: Professor Murat Guvenc (Professor and Director of the Istanbul Studies Centre, Kadir Has University, Istanbul), and Ms. Ozlem Altinkaya Genel (Doctor of Design Candidate, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University)

Chair:  Associate Professor Esra Ozyurek (Associate Professor, and the Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, LSE)

Introduction: Professor Caglar Keyder (LSE Centennial Professor)

Discussants: Professor Ricky Burdett (Director, LSE Cities, and Professor of Urban Studies, LSE), Mr. Philipp Rode(Executive Director, LSE Cities, LSE), Dr. Savvas Verdis (Senior Research Fellow, LSE Cities, LSE) 

Short biographies of the speakers:

Murat Guvenc is Professor and the Director of the İstanbul Studies Center  at  Kadir Has University in İstanbul. He studied City and Regional Planning and obtained his PhD degree at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.  He is the author of numerous articles and monographs on industrial geography, urban history, and visualization of data in the urban context, especially relating to İstanbul’s settlement patterns.

Ozlem Altinkaya Genel is a Doctor of Design candidate at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, expecting to graduate in May 2016.  Her research focuses on the regional İdevelopment around the Sea of Marmara in Turkey.   She analyses Istanbul’s urbanization process by bringing together perspectives from Geography, Urban History, Environmental Studies, and Critical Cartography.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. You may contact for any queries.



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