Burcu Yigit Turan
My subject area in general is the social, cultural and political context of spatial planning and design. My research and teaching integrate critical theory and spatial/environmental justice perspectives. My studies concentrate on urban greening, socio-spatial inequality and segregation, migration, visible and invisible borders, border making, coloniality, place, public space and critical planning and design practices. I currently question the role of contemporary green visions, urban sustainability planning and landscape planning and design in racialization of space and spatialization of race.
In my research and teaching, I adapt critical urban and planning theory, anti-essentialist, relational theories of space and place, feminist and post-/decolonial, relational cultural geography, radical cartography, critical planning and design, social and environmental justice studies.
Landscape Planning in Theory and Practice
Urban Planning/Design and Social Sustainability
In between 2020 and 2023, I will be working in FORMAS project ‘Norra Sorgenfri planned, populated and problematised: the role of social sustainability in urban renewal’ in collaboration with Erik Jönsson, Uppsala University, Geography Department, Johan Pries and Mattias Qviström, SLU, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Division of Landscape Architecture, and Guy Beaten and Carina Listerborn, Malmö University, Urban Studies Department. See https://www.iuresearch.se/norrasorgenfri-past-and-future/
Socio-Spatial Segregation and Social Justice
I have been working on a research proposal 'Desegregating Landscapes', which questions the role of urban and landscape planning and design in (re)production and countering socio-spatial segregation. The proposal development was funded by SLU, Urban Futures Seed Funding (lead applicant) (2019)
Borders, Borderlands in Urban Areas, Public Space and Landscape Planning and Design
I worked as part of MISTRA URBAN FUTURES SKLIP – Skåne Local Interactive Platform IMUD – International Migration and Urban Development Panel led by Malmö University (2018-2019) in a research project on migration, formation of social borders and boundaries in public spaces in socially diverse urban landscapes.
I have degrees in landscape architecture, and PhD in urban planning. I worked in different geographic contexts (i.e. Turkey, The Netherlands, Austria, United States) before Sweden, as practitioner, educator, and researcher.
I obtained my Ph.D. (2009) degree in Urban Planning and Design from Vienna University of Technology with dissertation titled “Complexity of Meanings in Urban Landscapes: between the imagined and the real” that I defended with honor degree.
Mia Ågren (2020-) Social justice, landscape and urban planning (Co-supervisor)
Sanga Edson (2019-) Production and Appropriation of Spaces for Recreation in Informal Settlements The case of Manzese, Dar es salaam (Co-supervisor)
Eiman Elwidaa (2020, May completed) Housing as if Low-income-women mattered: The case of Masese Women Low-income Housing Project in Jinja Uganda (Co-supervisor)
Maria österlund and Emma Johannesson (2020) Urban upgrading of parks in Jaffna - a study of participation and inclusiveness in process and design
Erik Rosenberg (2020) Urban voids; in different geographical and political climates
Burcu Yigit Turan, Melissa Cate Christ and Cristina Cerulli (Forthcoming 2021) . Getting Political in the Neoliberal City: Resistance, Transformation, and the Practice of Design for Social and Environmental Justice. New York and London: Routledge.
Yigit Turan, B. (2021). Superkilen: Coloniality, Citizenship and Border Politics. In Landscape Citizenships. Tim Waterman, Jane Wolff, and Ed Wall (eds.). New York and London: Routledge.
Yigit Turan, B. (2018a) Learning from Occupy Gezi Park: Redefining landscape democracy in an age of ‘planetary urbanism’. In Defining Landscape Democracy: A Path to Spatial Justice Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri. Pp: 210-221. Edward Elgard Publishing, Cheltenham
Yigit Turan, B. (2018b) Revitalizing Yeldeğirmeni Neighbourhood in Istanbul: Towards an Emancipatory Urban Design in the Landscapes of Neoliberal Urbanism. In Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition. Edited by Sabine Knierbein, Tihomir Viderman. Pp: 158-172. Routledge, New York
Yigit Turan, B. (2017) Occupy Gezi Park: in search of a public space, democracy and alternative city making. In Hou, J. and Knierbein, S. (eds.). City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy. New York: Routledge.
Yigit Turan, B. (2016) Modernist Landscapes of Ankara. JOLA Journal of Landscape Architecture, Vol. 12, Issue 2, p. 14-25 Routledge DOI: 10.1080/18626033.2016.1185230
Yigit-Turan, B. (2012). “Dönüşen İstanbul’un Yeni Peyzajlarında Tasarımın Politik Ekolojisi”(Political Ecology of Design in the New Landscapes of Transforming Istanbul). Mimarlık (Architecture), Dosya 28 Kentsel Dönüşüm Özel Sayısı (Dossier 28 Special Issue: Urban Transformation) Edited by Ipek Yada Akpinar