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I joined the Department of Sociology and Policy at Aston University in September 2015. Prior to joining Aston I was at the University of Oxford (Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography ).

My post-doctoral research project focused on the impact of urban policies on property rights of different groups in Istanbul, Turkey. Before that I completed my PhD in Sociology at The University of Manchester in 2011, entitled: “Gentrification and Belonging in Istanbul”. My PhD research explored the ways in which urban policies, gentrification and socio-economic policies impact upon the class composition, housing, and patterns of belonging of different social classes in Istanbul, Turkey.
Currently I am working on two research projects: 1- The EU-funded (H2020) project ‘Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe’s Future’ (CHIEF; www.chiefproject.eu ). 2- Cultural Consumption and Cultural Participation among Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot Populations in the UK (BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants)

Research Interests

My research interests include: social and economic inequality, the relationship between social class and social-symbolic borders, gentrification and social-spatial exclusion, cultural sociology, cultural participation, sociology of youth and education, gender inequality and migration. I work with both quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods with a particular interest in ethnographic research methods and multiple correspondence analysis.



  • Lecturer in Sociology, September 2015- Currently, Department of Sociology and Policy, Aston University, Birmingham-UK. 
  • Research Fellow, November 2011-December 2013, Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, Oxford-UK
  • Doctoral Researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant, September 2006-June 2011, Department of Sociology, The University of Manchester, Manchester-UK
  • Research Assistant, September 2001-December 2006, City and Regional Planning Department, Faculty of Architecture, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul-Turkey.  

Teaching Activity

I currently teach on the following courses:

  • Contested Cities (LK2034)
  • Advanced Research Methods (LK2032)
  • Understanding Social Divisions (LK1009)
  • Community Engagement (LK3039)Module Coordinator
  • Placement Year -(LKP100) Module Coordinator


  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, 2018. Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, 2011. The University of Manchester, Manchester-UK
  • M.A. in History, 2006. Bogazici University, Istanbul-Turkey
  • M.A. in Sociology 2002. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul-Turkey
  • B.A. in Sociology 1999. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul-Turkey

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in areas related to my research interests.



Contact Details

Room: MB738-A

Phone: 0121 204 3126

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

PhD, University of Manchester





  • HM Sociology
  • Gentrification
  • Urban Studies
  • Social and economic Inequality
  • Youth
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social class
  • Belonging
  • Social and symbolic borders
  • Mixed Methods

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Research Output 2011 2019

"Belonging” in the gentrified Golden Horn/Halic neighbourhoods of Istanbul

Soytemel, E., 2015, In : Urban Geography. 36, 1, p. 64-89 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
correspondence analysis
multiple use
social cohesion

Urban rent speculation, uncertainty and unknowns as strategy and resistance in Istanbul's housing market

Soytemel, E., 13 Sep 2017, Identity, justice and resistance in the neoliberal city. Erdi, G. & Şentürk, Y. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 85-115

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

housing market
private institution

The power of the powerless: neighbourhood based self-help networks of the poor in Istanbul

Soytemel, E., Nov 2013, In : Women's Studies International Forum. 41, Part 1, p. 76-87 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

self help
work assistance

Networked gentrification: place making strategies and social networks of middle class gentrifiers in Istanbul

Soytemel, E. & Şen, B., 1 Aug 2014, Whose city is that? Culture, design, spectacle and capital in Istanbul. Özhan Koçak, D. & Koçak, O. K. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne (UK): Cambridge Scholars, p. 67-92 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

social capital
social network
middle class

An Explanatory or Mystifying Concept? The Use Value of Gentrification Theory

Kallin, H., Gray, N., Calderon, E. & Soytemel, E., Oct 2019, Producing and Contesting Urban Marginality: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Dialogues. Cupples, J. & Slater, T. (eds.). London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Activities 2009 2019

Antipode (Journal)

Ebru Soytemel (Peer reviewer)
14 Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

14th ESA Conference in Manchester/UK, 20-23 August 2019, 'Europe and Beyond'.

Ebru Soytemel (Speaker), Anton Popov (Speaker)
20 Aug 201923 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

EU-COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology

Ebru Soytemel (Consultant)
Apr 2019 → …

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Peer Review -ESRC Standard Grants

Ebru Soytemel (Consultant)
15 Mar 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

City and Community (Journal)

Ebru Soytemel (Peer reviewer)
18 Dec 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Press / Media

Gezinin İlhamında Haklar ve Özgürlükler

Ebru Soytemel


1 Media contribution

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Çapulculuk, Kömür, Makarna ve Yoksullar

Ebru Soytemel


1 Media contribution

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