I received a PhD degree in Human Sciences in the Graduate School of Human Sciences of Osaka University (OU) on March 22, 2017, and finished with my tasks as a research fellow at Urban Research Plaza (URP) in Osaka City University (OCU) on March 31, 2017. My PhD thesis, which was funded by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), and “URP Platform for Leading-Edge Urban Studies Special (Young) Research Fellow” program of OCU, is about the change of an Osaka neighbourhood after the collapse of the bubble economy. The research question of this study was where to locate Japan in the literature on post-industrial urban change and gentrification through the study of an empirical case.
Before I arrived in Japan as a MEXT Research Student in April 2012, I received an M.S. degree in sociology from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Middle East Technical University in Turkey. My master’s thesis was about the meaning of a highly symbolic public square in Istanbul, Turkey. As an assistant professor in sociology at the Faculty of Science and Letters of Ondokuz Mayıs University in Samsun, Turkey since January 2018, I continue teaching various subjects and doing research in the field of urban sociology about post-industrial urban change, gentrification, area revitalization, and urban commons.
Photograph by: İsmail Önder