Center for Urban Studies

 Simternet Chameleon


  • To largely and thoroughly examine the social, economic, cultural and political structures, practices and processes with their historical and spatial features and to shed light on the aspects of community and urban life which have not been discovered or which have been subject to partial research  and, thus, to contribute to the planning, implementation, academic research process,
  • To carry out studies in cooperation and coordination with the undergraduate and graduate programs of the University on urban studies.


  • To provide consulting to public and private institutions and persons regarding the resources and methods used in their social, cultural, economic, historical and geographical research across the region and the city, and in their research across the built environment,
  • To design, develop, implement and evaluate research and implementation projects,
  • To design, develop and implement opinion polls, surveys, statistical and ethnographic field studies on city regarding the subjects mentioned in the purposes of the Center,
  • To cooperate with national and international public and private institutions and organizations which are active on issues in the field of interest of the Center, to organize joint research and studies, to prepare implementation and research projects, to create resources for these projects, to implement and/or follow the implementation of projects and to form temporary or permanent study groups and commissions when required,
  • To publish in Turkey and abroad in accordance with the foundation purpose of the Center and to support publications produced for this purpose,
  • To establish an undergraduate, Master’s and PhD thesis archive in concern with its foundation purpose, also to establish a library and a documentation center,
  • To encourage Master’s and PhD studies on the concern of the Center, to cooperate with the Graduate Schools and Centers of the University so as to launch a program,
  • To organize convention, conference, seminar, symposium and panels at the national and international level,
  • To plan and implement summer school, course and training programs on urban and local administrations, give certificate to participants.
  • To organize prize competitions for development and improvement of urban studies,
  • To give report, consultancy and expertise services upon the request of national and international institutions and real persons in accordance with its foundation purposes,
  • To accept national and foreign researchers who will study on subjects of concern of the Center,
  • To assume research and implementation projects supported by public, local administrations and non-governmental organizations in Turkey and abroad in accordance with the foundation purpose of the Center; to participate in joint research projects and cooperate with these organizations,
  • To execute miscellaneous studies in accordance with the foundation purpose of the Center.


Assist. Prof. Yunus Uğur (Director)
Yunus Uğur 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 New York Binghamton University in the History Department 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 the publishing director of the Turkish Studies Review (TALID) and was editor for the journal’s special issue, Turkish Urban History.
Assoc. Prof. Eda Ünlü Yücesoy
Eda Ünlü Yücesoy is an urban planner and social geographer with B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Middle East Technical University and Ph.D. from 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”, funded by Istanbul 2010, European Capital of Culture Agency. Her research and publications have focused on urban history, planning, public space, spatial relations, social and economic geography, and spatial transformation.