İstanbul Şehir University Center for Urban Studies offers consultancy and reporting services for city planning activities in local governments as well as extensive urban studies and academic urban history research.
The Center for Urban Studies, which specializes in quantitative and qualitative research techniques with its research staff from different disciplines, focuses on the social, economic, historical and spatial transformation of Istanbul, and also continues to research about issues such as demography, Ottoman cities, urban geography, cultural heritage, urban transformation, migration and spatial relations.
The Center for Urban Studies conducts a research process exceptional for Turkey by relating large-scale databases (Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives records, population, demography, socio-economic data of Turkey Statistical Institute, the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce records, etc.) with the newly developed classification, stratification, pattern recognition methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In this sense, the interdisciplinary structure of urban studies is supported by the center's staff, written and visual archive of Istanbul and the cities of Turkey, and conceptual approaches and methods.
With its original research approach, the Center for Urban Studies carries out joint projects with the academic fellows as well as TÜBİTAK, İSTKA, EU, municipalities / local authorities, NGOs and the private sector; and serves as a bridge between “research" and “practice" thanks to its finished and ongoing projects.
Center for Urban Studies focuses on three main themes:
Urban History (Ottoman Cities and Istanbul)
Social and Spatial Change and Continuity
Demographic Transitions and Migration Studies