Yunus Uğur is a faculty at History Department and the director of Center for Urban Studies. He completed his BA degree at Boğaziçi University, Department of Sociology in 1999, and received his MA degree in the History Department at the same university with a thesis entitled: “The Ottoman Court Records and the Making of ‘Urban History’, with Special Reference to Mudanya Sicils (1645-1800)” (2001). He completed the doctorate program of the same department with the dissertation titled “The Historical Interaction of the City with its Mahalles: Ottoman Edirne in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries”. From 2003 to 2004 he worked at History Department in State University of New York at Binghamton as a researcher. His area of interest covers urban history, Ottoman urban history, urban topography, social spaces and neighborhoods. Uğur has written articles and book reviews that cover topics such as the relation between historiography and historical sources (sicils), the development of Ottoman urban historiography and 17th-18th century Ottoman historiography. Since 2003 he has acted as director for Center for Turkish Studies (TAM) at the Foundation for Sciences and Arts. He is editor-in-chief of the Turkish Studies Review (TALID) and was editor for the journal’s special issue, Turkish Urban History. He is now working on a project supported by TUBITAK entitled Typologies and Atlas of the Ottoman Cities (1450-1700).
Eda Ünlü Yücesoy
Eda Yucesoy, PhD, Urban Planner, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS), Istanbul Şehir University. She received BSc and MSc degrees from the department of City and Regional Plannning at the Middle East Technical University and PhD from Human Geography and City and Regional Planning at Utrecht University. As a post-doc, she worked at the Graduate Program in Architectural Design at Istanbul Bilgi University, where she also co-curated the exhibition entitled “Istanbul 1910-2010: The City, Built Environment and Architectural Culture”. She received a TUBİTAK Career Award in 2011, funding her research on the commercial geography of Istanbul, entitled “Workplaces in Istanbul: continuity and change in metropolitan central business district in the period 1900-2011”. Her research and publications have focused on spatial relations, social and economic geography, urban history, planning, public space, and spatial transformation in Istanbul.
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Şehnaz ARGUÇ graduated from Bilkent University in 2012 and currently pursues her MA education in the field of Local Government, Urban and Environmental Studies at Istanbul University since 2014. During her undergraduate, Arguç has been involved in several projects about squatter settlements, urban transformation projects and civil society as a research assistant of Assoc. Prof. Tahire Erman. She is currently a part of the project team as a research assistant at Center of Urban Studies in Istanbul Sehir University on the project called “Strategic Vision, field studies in Unesco areas of cultural heritage in Istanbul, and suggestions for an action plan.”
Burak Yılmaz completed his BA at Middle East Technical University in Sociology department in 2014. He is currently a Master student at İstanbul Şehir University in Sociology department. He is currently working in two different projects entitled The Impact of Spatial Configuration of Cities on Urban Growth and Retail Performance: Evidence from Spatial Networks of Istanbul and Ankara and Strategic Vision, Field Studies in UNESCO Areas of Cultural Heritage in İstanbul, and Suggestions for an Action Plan.
Aslı Devecioğlu was received the B.A. degree in urban and regional planning from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2016. During her undergraduate program, she participated in several project, i.e., “1/25000 Scale Eskişehir Master Plan” and “Urban Regeneration Strategies for Istanbul Metropolitan Area”. She is currently studying for her M.A. degree in urban design as a master student at Istanbul Technical University. She is also working as a researcher at the Center for Urban Studies in İstanbul Şehir University on the project named “Strategic Vision, Field Studies in Unesco Areas of Cultural Heritage in Istanbul, and Suggestion for an Action Plan”.