• PL 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)



  • Yliopistonkatu 3, Porthania

    00100 Helsinki


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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Özlem Celik is a post-doc researcher at HELSUS and Development Studies at the University of Helsinki. She works with Franklin Obeng-Odoom on Social Sustainability of Urban Transformations in the Global South. Özlem's research concerns the political economy of urban development and change, including the politics of urban economic relations, housing, state interventions, rescaling of the state, and urban social movements. She is also interested in using participatory and collaborative methodological approaches in engagement with housing movements and activist groups. Özlem’s  previous research has focused on the financialisation of housing, and the limitations and possibilities of spatial politics of solidarity through commoning practices in Turkey.

She is currently completing a book on ‘Theories of the Spatiality of the State’, editing a special issue, which brings together a set of papers that examine financialisation of housing and violation of housing rights at the time of crisis and which thereby explore the contemporary state of neoliberal urbanisation in divergent political economic contexts, and co-ordinating the Urban and Regional Political Economy Working Group, IIPPE.

She has previously worked at Lund University, Yasar University, Middle East Technical University and The University of Sheffield, after obtaining a PhD in Urban Studies and Planning, an MA in Sociology, and a BA in Urban and Regional Planning.

Fields of Science

  • 5203 Development Studies

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2014 2020

AKP’s income-differentiated housing strategies under the pressure of resistance and debt

Celik, Ö., 15 Sep 2020, (Unpublished) Turkey’s New State in the Making: Transformations in Legality, Economy, Ideology and Coercion. Bedirhanoglu, P., Dolek, C., Hulagu, F. & Kaygusuz, O. (eds.). Zed Books

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Changing modalities of urban redevelopment and housing finance in Turkey: Three mass housing projects in Ankara

Topal, A., Yalman, G. & Celik, Ö., 11 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Urban Affairs. 41, 5, p. 630-653 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Gezi sonrası mahalleye çekilmek: Ankara’da mahalle forumları pratiği

Celik, Ö. & Ergenç, C., 2018, In : Marmara iktisat dergisi. 539, p. 81-95 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Yeni Konut Kampanyaları ile Tanışın: Fedakâr Borçluluk

Celik, Ö., 2018, In : Ayrıntı dergisi. 28

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access

Kent Hakkından Müştereklerimize Kentsel Muhalefet Tartışmaları: Sınırlar ve İmkanlar

Celik, Ö., 2017, In : Megaron. 12, 4, p. 671-679 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access