Grants and awards

Below is a list of research projects, for which the LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies staff have received grants from funding bodies. 


Name of Grant: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

Amount received: 50% match-funding for full-time salary costs

Date received:  May 2017 - May 2020

Staff involved: Dr Eray Çaylı

Title of research project: Catastrophe, urban renewal, and architectural activism in contemporary Turkey

Brief description of research project: This research investigates the implications of a recently introduced legal infrastructure in Turkey that has triggered countrywide urban renewal, purportedly to disaster-proof its building stock. Complicating dominant understandings of the contestation between such government measures and dissentient responses to them as a binary opposition between power and resistance, residents of certain neighbourhoods have appropriated (rather than resist) this legal infrastructure to pursue urban renewal as a grassroots project. Through an ethnographic study of design and construction activity in these neighbourhoods, this research aims to understand the participation mechanisms, knowledge production methods, and architectural technologies involved in citizen-led urban renewal.


Name of Grant: LAHP –Interdisciplinary and Cross-Institutional Training Fund

Amount received: £3000

Date received: July 2017

Staff involved: Dr Zerrin Ozlem Biner

Title of research project: Refugees, Ethics and Methodology in Europe and the Middle East.

Brief description of research project: This training programme aims to open up ground for graduate students to discuss the ethical and methodological issues researchers need to tackle when conducting field research, writing and publishing on refugees. The programme provides six seminars with scholars, policy makers and artists with established research experience in the field of refugee studies within different contexts of the Middle East and Europe.


Name of Grant:  British Academy/Leverhulme - Small Research Grant

Amount received: £10,000

Date received:  March 2017

Staff involved: Dr Eray Çaylı

Title of research project:  A 'Natural' Reckoning

Brief description of research project:  This research investigates the methodological and ethical stakes involved in considering environmental disaster as a medium for reckoning with political violence. Its case studies come from artistic and architectural production in contemporary Turkey.


Name of Grant:  Institute for Global Affairs/Rockefeller Foundation - Research and Impact Seed Fund

Amount received: £6,000

Date received: January 2017

Staff involved:  Assoc Prof Dr Esra Özyurek

Title of research project:  Resilience on the Aegean Cost: Kurdish Survivors of the Conflicts in Turkey and Syria 

Brief description of research project:  This research aims to set the beginning stage of a longitudinal ethnographic and historical study of internally and internationally displaced Kurdish migrants in Izmir from Southeastern Turkey and Syria.


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