Dr Tuna Kuyucu

The Great Failure: An Institutional Analysis of Why State-Led Urban Renewal in Istanbul Has Failed

Funding period: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016
Type of funding: International Fellowship

Tuna is an urban sociologist in The Department of Sociology, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He will conduct his International Fellowship under the mentorship of Tom Slater at the University of Edinburgh. His research investigates the institutional, administrative and legal factors behind the failed urban renewal agenda of the Turkish government and the Istanbul Municipality. He uses a general approach to urban transformation, illustrated by two specific case studies. Examining the political economy of urban renewal in Istanbul since 2002, his research offers a comprehensive account of the making and transformation of the urban renewal agenda in the city; its institutional and legal framework; the relationship of urban renewal to macro-economic dynamics in Turkey; and detailed narratives of projects that have been completed as well as those that have failed.


Fellowship Publications

Kuyucu, T. (2018). ‘Politics of urban regeneration in Turkey: Possibilities and limits of municipal regeneration initiatives in a highly centralized country’, Urban Geography, 1–25. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2018.1440125

Kuyucu, T. (2017). ‘Two Crises, Two Trajectories: The Impact of the 2001 and 2008 Economic Crises on Urban Governance in Turkey’. Fikret A., Akbulut B., & Arsel M. (eds) Neoliberal Turkey and Its Discontents: Economic Policy and the Environment under Erdoğan, pp. 44–74. I.B. Taurus: London.

Yıldırım, İ., & Kuyucu, T. (2017). ‘Neoliberal Penality and State Legitimacy: Politics of Amnesty in Turkey during the AKP Period: Neoliberal Penality and State Legitimacy’, Law & Society Review, 51/4: 859–94. DOI: 10.1111/lasr.12296