This project seeks to contribute to finding ‘durable solutions’ for housing infrastructural deficits in the context of two of the defining challenges of our times: large-scale displacement and rapid urbanisation. It uses mixed methods at residential, neighbourhood and city-scales to investigate the relations between formal/informal housing infrastructures, their governance and resulting intersectional well-being outcomes for low-income Syrian refugees and Turkish groups in Izmir, Turkey. The project aims to deliver propositional and innovative engineering and architecture solutions rooted in vulnerable groups’ well-being priorities and develop new employment skills for low-income workers. It is looking to consult practitioner and policy stakeholders and build new capacities for joint research and action across civil engineering, architecture and development studies, at junior and senior levels.
Research Team: Dr Dolf te Lintelo, Institute of Development Studies; Professor Meltem Gurel, Yaşar University; Professor Hanif Kara, AKT II; Professor Robert Mull, University of Brighton; Professor Ayselin Yildiz, Yaşar University