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Burcu Yigit Turan

Burcu Yigit Turan
Senior lecturer in the subject area of “planning in cultural environments”


My subject area in general is the social and cultural context of spatial planning and design. My research and teaching have developed at the intersections of  critical social theory and cultural studies, urban and landscape studies and spatial/environmental planning and design, and they have formed particular approach to landscape architectural history, theory and criticism. My studies cross cut topics such as urban green space planning, green gentrification, racialization, socio-spatial inequality and segregation, migration, cultural heritage, visible and invisible borders, border making, coloniality, architecture space and race, place (place-making), public space, and spatial/environmental justice, gender equity,  critical, transformative planning and design practices, bottom-up social and spatial movements. In my current works, I study issues of spatial justice with the lenses of critical race theory, black feminist spatial decolonial thought. 

In my research and teaching, I attempt to adapt critical urban and planning theory with anti-essentialist, relational theories of space and place, black, feminist and post-/de-/anti-colonial theories and methodologies.


LK0313 Landscape Architecture: History, Theory, and Practice

LK0345 Landscape Planning in Theory and Practice 

EX0945 Independent Project in Landscape Architecture, A2E – Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master’s Programme

PhD Course - Creative research methodologies for urban contexts (PNG0097)


I would welcome master and PhD students with research interests in any of the topics I listed.




Urban Planning/Design and Social Sustainability 

In between 2020 and 2023, I will be working in FORMAS project ‘Norra Sorgenfri planned, populated and problematised: the role of social sustainability in urban renewal’ in collaboration with Erik Jönsson, Uppsala University, Geography Department, Johan Pries and Mattias Qviström, SLU, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Division of Landscape Architecture, and Guy Beaten and Carina Listerborn, Malmö University, Urban Studies Department. See

Socio-Spatial Segregation and Social Justice

I have been working on a research proposal 'Desegregating Landscapes', which questions the role of urban and landscape planning and design in (re)production and countering socio-spatial segregation. The proposal development was funded by SLU, Urban Futures Seed Funding (lead applicant) (2019)

Borders, Borderlands in Urban Areas, Public Space and Landscape Planning and Design

I worked as part of MISTRA URBAN FUTURES SKLIP – Skåne Local Interactive Platform IMUD – International Migration and Urban Development Panel led by Malmö University (2018-2019) in a research project on migration, formation of social borders and boundaries in public spaces in socially diverse urban landscapes.


I have degrees in landscape architecture, and PhD in urban planning. I worked in different geographic contexts (i.e. Turkey, The Netherlands, Austria, United States) before Sweden, as practitioner, educator, and researcher. 

I obtained my Ph.D. (2009) degree in Urban Planning and Design from Vienna University of Technology with dissertation titled “Complexity of Meanings in Urban Landscapes: between the imagined and the real” that I defended with honor degree. 


PhD Theses

Mia Ågren (2020-) Social justice, landscape and urban planning (Co-supervisor)

Sanga Edson (2019-) Production and Appropriation of Spaces for Recreation in Informal Settlements The case of Manzese, Dar es salaam (Co-supervisor) 

Eiman Elwidaa (2020, May completed) Housing as if Low-income-women mattered: The case of Masese Women Low-income Housing Project in Jinja Uganda (Co-supervisor) 

Master Theses

Maria österlund and Emma Johannesson (2020) Urban upgrading of parks in Jaffna - a study of participation and inclusiveness in process and design
Erik Rosenberg (2020)  Urban voids; in different geographical and political climates

Selected publications

Yigit-Turan, B. and Ågren, M. (2022), Segregation and Landscape Injustice in the Shadows of White Planning and Green Exceptionalism in Sweden, Urban Matters Journal, Issue: Dislocating Urban Studies  

Burcu Yigit Turan, Melissa Cate Christ and Cristina Cerulli (Forthcoming 2023) . Getting Political in the Neoliberal City: Resistance, Transformation, and the Practice of Design for Social and Environmental Justice. New York and London: Routledge.

Yigit Turan, B. (2021). Superkilen: Coloniality, Citizenship and Border Politics. In Landscape Citizenships. Tim Waterman, Jane Wolff, and Ed Wall (eds.). New York and London: Routledge.

Yigit Turan, B. (2018a) Learning from Occupy Gezi Park: Redefining landscape democracy in an age of ‘planetary urbanism’. In Defining Landscape Democracy: A Path to Spatial Justice Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri. Pp: 210-221. Edward Elgard Publishing, Cheltenham
Yigit Turan, B. (2018b) Revitalizing Yeldeğirmeni Neighbourhood in Istanbul: Towards an Emancipatory Urban Design in the Landscapes of Neoliberal Urbanism. In Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition. Edited by Sabine Knierbein, Tihomir Viderman. Pp: 158-172. Routledge, New York
Yigit Turan, B. (2017) Occupy Gezi Park: in search of a public space, democracy and alternative city making. In Hou, J. and Knierbein, S. (eds.). City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy. New York: Routledge.       

Yigit Turan, B.  (2016) Modernist Landscapes of Ankara. JOLA Journal of Landscape Architecture, Vol. 12, Issue 2, p. 14-25 Routledge DOI: 10.1080/18626033.2016.1185230

Yigit-Turan, B. (2012). “Dönüşen İstanbul’un Yeni Peyzajlarında Tasarımın Politik Ekolojisi”(Political Ecology of Design in the New Landscapes of Transforming Istanbul). Mimarlık (Architecture), Dosya 28 Kentsel Dönüşüm Özel Sayısı (Dossier 28 Special Issue: Urban Transformation) Edited by Ipek Yada Akpinar


Senior Lecturer at the Department of Urban and Rural Development; Landscape architecture Spatial planning
Telephone: +4618672533