Urban Political Ecology On The Road

Beyond Istanbul members Sinan Erensü and Yaşar Adanalı had carried out three weeks long graduate summer school on Urban Political Ecology at Koç University. The school, with its ‘On the Road’ concept, prioritised a field-based collective learning model – one in which participants learn through the field experience and from each other.


Istanbul presents a unique laboratory where large-scale urban and infrastructural projects meet grassroots activism and opposition. The graduate summer school intended to bring the lived aspects of this laboratory to the forefront with field trips along the transformation zones to sides of contestation, interviews with urban residents, activists, and lawyers as well as guest lecturers by local academics.

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