This project, led by Dr Nihan Akyelken, will employ co-investigation methodologies of data collection in low income neighbourhoods and investigates its use in understanding the linkages between everyday mobility, social exclusion and access to urban opportunities. By doing so, the project will enable expanding the understanding of the exclusionary impacts of restricted access and mobility, which will benefit the community. The public film screening of the co-researchers’ presentations will help disseminate the results effectively and increase awareness. By bringing the diversity and social (dis)advantages to the attention of the members of the public, the project seeks to shed light on possibilities for innovative ways of understanding the mobility and access needs of the socially excluded urban populations. It also aims to empower socially disadvantaged communities by providing them with a learning-and-reflecting process.
Dr Akyelken is grateful for the support of colleagues in Istanbul Technical University, and funding from the Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund, which has enabled this project to take place.