Below are the scientific activities we have organized at Koç University Social Policy Center until July 2012:

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“Turkey Debates Its Social Policies” Conference, 15-16 June 2012

Between these dates, we organized a conference titled “Turkey Debates Its Social Policies”, in collaboration with the Ministry of Family and Social Policy and the World Bank Turkey Office. All relevant information including the program, presentations and videos can be found at:

Ayşen Üstübici, a PhD student in Koç University’s Department of International Relations and research assistant at MireKoc, evaluated this event for Bianet (in Turkish): “Rights-based Policies or Family Assistance?

Socio-Spatial Differentiation and Stratification in Istanbul Metropolitan Area, 22 May 2012

In May 2012, Murat Güvenç, Director of Istanbul Şehir University Urban Studies Center and Researcher Özge Aktaş were our guests. They presented their very interesting findings on the Center’s work on Istanbul, related to data analysis and visualization.

Description of the activity:

Until the end of 1980s, Istanbul looked like a huge industrial city. In recent years, it has transformed into a global city specialized in services, and this in turn led to irreversible changes in the city’s social geography. Many neighborhoods lost their blue-collar characteristics; new lifestyles and consumption patterns, labor profiles, gated communities and residential patterns emerged. Today, using new databases, new tools for representation and visualization, the great transformation and inter-mobility of Istanbul can be assessed. In this presentation, original data maps and visualization will be used in order to represent Istanbul’s great transformation during the last few decades.

Prof. Dr. Murat Güvenç is directing Istanbul Şehir University Urban Studies Center since 2010. He also lectures on sociology in Boğaziçi University and Istanbul Şehir University. He was a faculty member of METU Department of City and Regional Planning between 1992-2005 and worked at the Architectural Design Program of Istanbul Bilgi University. Among his research interests are urban sociology and ecology, relational ontology, migration, quantitative research methods, economic geography and Istanbul studies.

Dr. Özge Aktaş is a researcher at the Urban Studies Center since 2010. She has completed her PhD work at the University of Sussex. She studies migration, poverty and social exclusion, social networks, social capital and urban sociology.

“New Research on Education in Turkey” Conference, 18 March 2011

In March 2011, we organized a one-day conference on education research at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in collaboration with World Bank’s Turkey Country Office.

Ulrich Zachau, Director of World Bank Turkey Country Office at the time and Prof. Dr. Sami Gülgöz, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, gave opening speeches. In the conference, presentations on preschool education, primary school dropouts, success in primary and secondary education were made. As the honorary speaker, Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı talked about the role of education in securing the equality of men and women. Among the participants of the conference: Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Development, World Bank Turkey Office, Boğaziçi University, Marmara University, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul University, Istanbul Bilgi University, Middle East Technical University, NGOs on education.

[Click here to watch the event's videos.]

“Universities in Crisis: A Public Sociology Perspective”, 4 January 2011

Prof. Dr. Michael Burawoy from University California (Berkeley), Department of Sociology was our guest for a speech on the current problems of universities and public sociology.

From the description of the event:

In many parts of the world, universities are facing budget cuts and increasing regulations. This can be interpreted at the same time as a negative trend, harming the university and as an opportunity to rethink the meaning of the university. In this speech, Burawoy will talk about how public sociology can help us in this debate.

[Click here to download Burawoy's presentation. And here to watch the event's videos.]

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