Towards a New Phase in Internal Migration Studies in Turkey: 1985-1990, 1995-2000

Migration Flows and Migrant Profiles”, with a duration of 30 months as of September 2011, funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey )
The project aims to display, visualize, and map distinctive migration patterns in 1985-1990 and 1995-2000 data extracted from the Public Use Samples of relevant Census Data; as well as to detect similarities and contrasts in the social and economic profiles of migrants, and their modes of integration to major destinations. Large-scale inter-provincial migration matrices are reduced and reordered through relational stratification technique based on a recently developed conceptual solution model. It is hoped that the new methodology will be a significant contribution to the relational approaches to social sciences in general and migration studies in particular.
The following four points summarize the eventual contributions of the proposed project:
• Bringing a new impetus to stagnant internal migration studies both in Turkey and abroad, enhance their ranking in current research agenda.
• Illustrating and eventually assessing the relevancy and the practical contributions of relational ontology and field theory in migration studies
• Providing students with new tools and techniques capable to reduce, represent, visualize and communicate large scale spatial interaction matrices.
• Producing an atlas of internal migration as one of the outcomes of the project, which is expected to constitute a major reference for future migration studies and for developing policy planning.

Workplaces in Istanbul: continuity and change in metropolitan central business district in the period 1900-2011” with a duration of 30 months as of September 2011, funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)

Istanbul had experienced turbulent and unexpected economic, political, social, and spatial changes in the 20th century. During this turbulent change and transformation process, İstanbul central business district have been restructured. The city sustained to be the center of commerce and economy. However, there is no detailed account and documentation on the continuous and changed urban economic activities. Despite the fact that there has been limited research on the development of producer services in the last decade of the 20th century, the urban economic geography of Istanbul is an uncharted territory.  Due to the lack of data and nature of the available gross data, a limited number of research can only partially analyze the urban economic structure.
The research analyzes the economic landscape of Istanbul in four historiographic periods with adopting a relational perspective. The research looks in detail the characteristics and activity assemblages of economic structure of Istanbul, spatial formations of change and transformation, and the effect of these all economic processes to the formation of the city.  The research brings an original and peculiar perspective to the phenomenon of urban continuity and change. It creates a methodological operational capacity for the use of categorical data bases which are often considered as problematic areas with regard to context dependency, historicity, complexity, path dependency, and field analysis in urban planning and urban studies research.