Bahar Sakizlioglu

Dr Bahar Sakizlioglu

Senior Specialist in Housing, Urban Sociologist, Assistant Professor

Bahar Sakizlioglu joined IHS in 2019 as a member of the Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice team and is currently part of the Urban Socio-Spatial Development.

Bahar is an urban sociologist passionate about the everyday (re)making of the cities. She attained her Master’s degree in Sociology at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara/Turkey. Bahar completed her PhD research entitled ‘A Comparative Look at Residents’ Displacement Experiences: The Cases of Amsterdam and Istanbul’ at the Urban and Regional Research Center, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 2014. She was granted the H2020 Marie Curie Individual Research Fellowship. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Geography, Leicester University, UK, on her comparative research project entitled Gendered Geographies of Gentrification.

Her main research interests are gentrification, displacement, housing, feminist urban studies, social reproduction and the city and comparative urbanism. She has published papers on the politics of gentrification and displacement experiences of disadvantaged groups in gentrifying neighbourhoods and on the gender-gentrification nexus.


Holm, A., Sakizlioglu, B., Uitermark, J., Arcarazo, C., Palomera, J., Kadi, J., Kumnig, S. & Thimmel S. (Ed.) (2022). Municipalism in practice: Progressive housing policies in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Vienna. Berlin: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. Retrieved from

Sakizlioglu, B. (2014). Living under Threat of Displacement, Journal of Economic and Social Geography (Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie), 105(2), pp. 206-220, special issue on Gentrification.

Sakizlioglu, B., Uitermark, J. (2014). The symbolic Politics of Gentrification: A comparison of restructuring of stigmatized neighbourhoods in Amsterdam and Istanbul, Environment and Planning A, 46 (6) pp. 1369-1385.

Sakizlioglu, B. (2018). Tarlabasi under the shadow of demolition in Dogan, R. (ed.) Tarlabasi: The Story of Urban Resistance, Publisher of the Chambers of Architects, Istanbul.

Sakizlioglu, B. (2017). Rethinking Gender Gentrification Nexus. In Lees, L. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Gentrification, Edward Elgar.

Sakizlioglu, B., T. Islam (2015). How Useful Are Existing Gentrification Theories for Explaining Gentrification Processes in non-Western cities like Istanbul?’ in Global Gentrifications: uneven development and displacement, Editors: Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin and Ernesto Lopez-Morales, by Policy Press.

Sakizlioglu, B. (2014). A Comparative Look at Residents' Displacement Experiences: The Cases of Amsterdam and Istanbul, Unpublished PhD Thesis, Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Sakizlioglu, B. (2007). The Impacts of Urban Renewal Policies: The Case of Tarlabasi, Istanbul, Unpublished MSc. Thesis, Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

Compare @count study programme

  • @title

    • Duration: @duration
Compare study programmes