I am a postdoctoral researcher and project manager in the WHIG Project (What Is Governed in Cities: Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production), funded by the Open Research Area for the Social Sciences (ORA). The project examines the inter-relationships between contemporary investment flows into the housing markets of major metropolitan centres (Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, Greater London and Grand Paris) and the governance arrangements and public policy instruments that are designed to regulate them.
Previously, I worked as a researcher for the DIVERCITIES project (Governing Urban Diversity: Creating social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in today’s hyperdiversified cities), and assisted the PARCOUR project (Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment). I completed my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Tuna Tasan-Kok at the University of Amsterdam, hold a MSc in Urban Studies (distinction) from University College London (UK) and a BA in Social Sciences (summa cum laude) from University College Roosevelt (NL).
What is Governed in Cities: Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production (© What Is Governed in Cities? https://whatisgovernedincities.eu/)
This project draws on a precise comparative, inter-disciplinary methodology to examine the inter-relationships between contemporary investment flows into the housing markets of major metropolitan centres and the governance arrangements and public policy instruments that are designed to regulate them. Our case studies are the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, Greater London, and Grand Paris. The project asks what is governed in major cities and draws on two streams of analysis: mapping and explaining the types of investment that are shaping housing production in the 3 cities; and developing understandings of the effectiveness of public policy instruments that are in place to regulate them. The project is timely as major cities have been faced with unprecedented development pressures as their populations and economies have expanded and their built environments have become highly attractive locations for global investment. These pressures have been particularly acute in the production and consumption of housing, where the impacts of investments on markets, citizens, and places are generating a widely perceived crisis and set of governmental challenges to produce affordable housing.
Transformative Spatial Governance: New Avenues for Comprehensive Planning in Fragmented Urban Development (© Sara Özoğul 2019. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ISBN: 9789078862338)
Urban development is fragmenting: Entrepreneurial planning strategies involving a wide range of actors have been replacing managerial public sector-led approaches. While scholars lament the dissolution of social and spatial interventions, disconnected property-driven projects, as well as multifaceted social initiatives, are mushrooming in cities. This dissertation seeks a new approach to create forms of comprehensiveness amidst the complex spatial governance practices underpinning fragmented urban development. It stipulates the need for a new conception of comprehensiveness based on the creation of possibilities for linkages between fragmented city-building endeavours. Furthermore, it argues that transformative spatial governance structures are pivotal to allow city-building endeavours to flourish and simultaneously place them into firm but flexible and adaptive frameworks to avoid fragmentation’s negative effects and externalities. Spatial governance is considered transformative when its institutional patterns change on the basis of concrete, area-based city-building endeavours. To this end, the dissertation identifies and engages with a recent body of literature that centres around transformation and structural change in planning and governance. A systematic review of existing literature reveals the neglect of private sector actors as elements in instigating scholars’ desired structural changes. Therefore, this dissertation distinctly considers property-driven development formations as instigators of structural change and explores their linkages to micro-scale social efforts. Toronto in Canada and Amsterdam in the Netherlands serve as research settings. The analysis suggests that public sector planners can crucially influence urban development, not in the traditional sense by being in command but by creating possibilities for linkages between fragmented actions in spatial governance.
Tasan-Kok, T., van den Hurk, M., Özogul, S. and Bittencourt, S. (2019). Changing public accountability mechanisms in the governance of Dutch urban regeneration, European Planning Studies. 27(6), 1107-1128.
Özogul, S., & Tasan-Kok, M. T. (2018). Exploring Transformative Place-Making within the Comprehensive Spatial Governance of Toronto. disP - The Planning Review, 54(4), 59-73.
Özogul, S. (2017). The Spatial Politics of Diversity Discourses: Regenerating Croydon Metropolitan Centre. UPLanD: Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design, 2(1), 57-65.
Tasan-Kok, T. and S. Özogul (2017). DIVERCITIES, Living with Urban Diversity: The case of Toronto. Utrecht: Utrecht University.
Özogul, S. and T. Tasan-Kok (2016). Fieldwork entrepreneurs in Toronto, Jane-Finch (Canada). Research report submitted to European Commission. Amsterdam and Delft: University of Amsterdam and TU Delft.
Özogul, S. (2018). Book review on ‘Justice and fairness in the city: A multi-disciplinary approach to 'ordinary' cities’ by S. Davoudi and D. Bell (eds.). Royal Geographical Society - Urban Geography Research Group. Available online: https://bit.ly/2Pa1wP4 .
Özogul, S. (2018). Book review on 'Cities in Global Capitalism' by U. Rossi. Rooilijn - Tijdschrift voor wetenschap en beleid in de ruimtelijke ordening, 51(1), 78-80.
Özogul, S. (2016). Book review on ‘Inter-group Relations and Migrant Integration in European Cities’ by F. Pastore, F. and I. Ponzo (eds.). Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 32(3), 621-623.
Özogul, S. and T. Tasan-Kok (2015). Book review on ‘Turkish Berlin: Integration Policy and Urban Space’ by M. A Hinze, Journal of Urban Affairs, 37(5), 647-648.
‘Fragmented governance and the regulation of housing production in Amsterdam’ (with Tuna Tasan-Kok), AESOP Annual Congress, Venice, IT (9-13 Jul 2019)
‘Transformative Spatial Governance', RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff, UK (2018, August)
‘Space (kind of) matters: upscaling encounters across difference through community and commercial activities’ (with Tuna Tasan-Kok), AESOP Annual Congress, Gothenburg, SE (2018, July)
‘Transformative place-making for diverse communities. Experiences from Toronto’, AESOP Young Academics Conference, Groningen, NL (2018, March)
‘Entrepreneurial planning vs. planning for entrepreneurship: the missing link between bottom-up opportunity structures and systematic spatial interventions in Jane and Finch, Toronto’, AESOP Young Academics Conference, Munich, GER (2017, April)
‘The effects of policy discourses on the participation of newcomers in urban society - a comparative study of Toronto and Berlin’, IAPSS (International Association of Political Science Students) World Congress, London, UK (2015, April)
‘New approaches in governing urban diversity’, International Workshop: Fostering Social Cohesion in Diverse Quarters, organized by vhv Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung e.V., June 7-8, Berlin, GER (2018, June)
‘Targeting needs without stereotyping?’, Panel “The Settlement Response to Diverse Gender Identities” with UNHCR Netherlands & Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, International Metropolis Conference, The Hague, NL (2017, September)
‘Integration through place-making’, Panel “Integration and belonging through play” with Director General Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of the Government of Canada & Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, International Metropolis Conference, The Hague, NL (2017, September)
‘Diversity and Entrepreneurship in Jane-Finch, Toronto’, public event “Entrepreneurship in diverse neighbourhoods” at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, NL (2016, December)
‘Hyper-diversity’, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs Conference, “The Canada Project - Identity, Citizenship and Nationhood in a Changing World”, Geneva Park, CA (2016, August)
'Does diversity matter? Perceptions and experiences from Toronto’s Jane-Finch neighbourhood’ (with Tuna Tasan-Kok), NCRP (Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership) Research Day, Toronto, CA (2016, May)
|Co-coordinator: Introduction to Spatial Planning, BSc Future Planet Studies (2019, September – 2020, February)|
|Urban Planning: Building the City, BSc Social Geography and Planning (2019, February – present)|
|MSc Urban and Regional Planning, 1x (2019, December – present)|
|MSc Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (external), 1x (2019 October – present)|
|MSc Urban and Regional Planning, 3x (2018, December – 2019, August)|
|MSc Urban and Regional Planning, 5x [& second reader 5x] (2018, February – September)|
|BSc Social Geography and Planning, 4x [& second reader 8x] (2017, February – July)|
|Research 'apprentice' supervision, Course: Urban Lab: Apprenticeship, MSc Urban Studies (2020, February – present)|
|Research 'apprentice' supervision, Course: Urban Lab: Apprenticeship, MSc Urban Studies (2019, February – July)|
"Diversity of Actors in the Property Industry". Course: Urban Planning - Building the City, BSc Social Geography and Planning (2020, March)
"Dynamics of landownership, property and property-led urban planning", Course: Urban Planning – Building the City, BSc Social Geography and Planning (2020, February)
|"Planning for Diversity, Sustainability and Mobility", Course: Inleiding in de Planologie [Introduction to Planning Studies], BSc Social Geography and Planning (2019, November)|
|"Diversity of Actors in the Property Industry". Course: Urban Planning - Building the City, BSc Social Geography and Planning (2019, February)|
|“Place-Making as Social Intervention in Planning”, Course: Inleiding in de Planologie [Introduction to Planning Studies], BSc Social Geography and Planning (2018, November)|
|"Global Cities: Migration and Diversity", Course: Perspectives on Amsterdam, BSc General Social Sciences (2018, September)|
|"Cities and Diversity", Course: Pre-University Honours Summer Programme in Urban Studies (2018, July)|
|“Urban systems and the growth of cities”, Course: Stad en Ruimte [Cities and Space], BSc General Social Sciences (2018, April)|
|“Urbanization dynamics of pre-industrial, industrial and post-industrial cities”, Course: Stad en Ruimte [Cities and Space], BSc General Social Sciences (2018, April)|
|“Global Cities: Migration and Diversity”, Course: Perspectives on Amsterdam, BSc General Social Sciences (2018, April)|
|“Place-Making in Diverse Cities”, Course: Inleiding in de Planologie [Introduction to Planning Studies], BSc Social Geography and Planning (2017, November)|
|“Global Cities: Migration and Diversity”, Course: Perspectives on Amsterdam, BSc General Social Sciences (2017, November)|
|“Diverse Cities and Place-Making”, Course: Urban Studies: The Everyday City and Beyond, Graduate School of Social Sciences' Summer Institute (2017, July)|
“Diverse Types of Property-Led Urban Redevelopment”, Course: Contemporary Approaches in Property-led Urban Planning, MSc Urban and Regional Planning (2016, November)
|Ruimtelijk Programmeren en Ontwerp [Spatial Programming and Design], BSc Social Geography and Planning (2018, June)|
|Inleiding Sociaal-Ruimtelijk Onderzoek [Introduction to Socio-Spatial Research], BSc Social Geography and Planning (2018, March)|
|Inleiding in de Planologie [Introduction to Planning Studies], BSc Social Geography and Planning (2018, December)|
|Cities in Transition, BSc Social Geography and Planning (2017, February – June)|
|Contemporary Approaches in Property-led Urban Planning, MSc Urban and Regional Planning (2016, November – December)|
|“Urban Development in Amsterdam Zuidas”, for Geography and Planning students from the Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou (2017, October)|
“Creating meaningful encounters in the Indische Buurt, Amsterdam”, for University College Roosevelt’s Geography Society (2016 April)