Wellbeing, Housing, and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT) 

The research project aims to contribute to finding “durable solutions” for housing infrastructural deficits by using mixed methods at residential, neighbourhood and city-scales. It seeks to investigate the relations between formal/informal housing infrastructures, their governance and resulting intersectional wellbeing outcomes for low-income Syrian refugees and Turkish groups in Izmir, Turkey. As the main output of the project it aims to deliver propositional and innovative engineering and architecture solutions rooted in vulnerable groups’ wellbeing priorities. The project will consult practitioner and policy stakeholders and build new capacities for joint research and action across civil engineering, architecture and development studies disciplines. Overall, the project seeks to make a significant contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 11 of secure, inclusive and safe cities.

Coordinator: Institute of Development Studies
Co-Applicants: Yasar University, University of Brighton, AKT II, TIAFI
Funded by: British Academy