Defne Kadıoğlu Polat


IPC Fellowship

Granting institution

Period of the Fellowship

September 2016 - September 2017

Project title

A Tale of Two Gentrifying Cities: The Effects of Neoliberal Urban Restructuring on Berlin’s and Istanbul’s Marginalized Populations

Project description

Her research focuses on the nexus between social inequality and neoliberal urban governance, more particularly on the relation between racism, class and gentrification.

Short biography

Defne Kadıoğlu Polat graduated from the University of Düsseldorf’s Social Sciences Department and obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Essex in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights.  After a year of work in civil society she assumed her PhD Studies at Boğaziçi University in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. From 2010 until 2015 she was the executive assistant of the Boğaziçi University-TÜSİAD Foreign Policy Forum. In winter 2012/2013 she was a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at Humboldt University’s Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS). She defended her PhD Dissertation titled “Migrants and the City: Gentrification, Ethnicity and Class in a Berlin Neighborhood” in 2015.