Sehrazat Gulsum is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology & Peace Studies program. She is a 2018-2019 Mullen Family Fellow. She received her B.A. degrees (with high honors) in Political Science & International Relations and in Sociology from Bogazici University (Turkey) in 2018.

She is primarily interested in the socio-political conditions that facilitate or obstruct participatory and deliberative urban governance and the role of urban movements in shaping the city. Currently, she is working on her MA thesis, which explores the bureaucratic and organizational dynamics of urban transformation in Turkey.

Current Research

My research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology and urban sociology. In the past, I researched the artistic-cultural transformation of Istanbul (Turkey) in relation to the inclusion of civil society in comparison to Essen (Germany) and Pecs (Hungary). I was also involved in an interdisciplinary project that designed post-earthquake shelters. I was working on how administrative data and information about the population can be integrated and included in the design. My current research for my MA thesis, as briefly described above, also explores how the organizational form of l(local and central) governments obstruct public participation. And how this exclusion leads to the failure of urban transformation projects. In overall, I am interested in making the "public" and the "civic" visible with a focus on the local. Which most of the time is profoundly relevant and useful to discussions of democracy and development.


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