Projects 2019




Human Rights Law Research Center


Strengthening Women’s Access to Justice Project (July 2018-July 2019)

Implemented in collaboration with Purple Roof Women's Shelter Foundation, the Project aims to increase the level of knowledge, skills and awareness of lawyers on international conventions, national legislation and practice on violence against women and improve the quality of legal aid provided to women, in order to strengthen access to justice for women.  Within the framework of the project, four seminars were organized on the “Legislation on Combating Discrimination and Violence against Women” targeting 100 female lawyers registered at the bar associations in İstanbul, Bursa, Eskişehir and Trabzon.  


Human Rights Law Summer School at Bilgi-V (16-24 July 2019)

The Summer School offers the participants the opportunity to further their knowledge on Human Rights Law and provides a platform for discussion of current issues. The Summer School is open to undergraduate law students who are eager to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of Human Rights Law.

European Institute


Horizon 2020 CoHERE: Critical Cultural Heritage

This research project aims to examine and identify how right wing populist parties in EU countries and Turkey have been making use of history and cultural heritage, through interviews with voters of these parties and analyses of the party programs. The main objective of this research is to identify what kind of policies, strategies, and activities have to be implemented in museums, exhbitions and other places where cultural heritage is displayed, to build a more peaceful and integrated social life so that diversities could coexist in a more inclusive and peacuful public space.


Horizon 2020 RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond

This research project aims to contribute to the development of refugee policies at local and national levels in Turkey, by collecting in-depth information through field studies about processes of reception, protection, and integration of refugees. It is a cross-country comparative research with the aim of enhancing governance capacity and policy coherance of the EU, its member states and third countries, including Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Italy, England, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq.


Horizon 2020 FEUTURE: Feature of Eu-Turkey Relations

FEUTURE (Future of EU-Turkey Relations) Project reveals the narratives of the EU-Turkey relationship, dynamics of change, the likely scenario(s) for the future, and the political implications these may have on the EU and Turkey, as well as the neighbourhood and the global scene. In forward-looking terms with studies based on strongly reliable indicators, FEUTURE Project will contribute to the evidence-based knowledge base focusing on the external environment of the EU, from which the future trajectory of the EU-Turkey relations may be drawn in the medium and long terms.


European Research Council (ERC) -Nativisim, Islamophobism, and Islamism in the Age of Populism: Culturalisation and Religionisation of What is Social, Economic and Political in Europe

While native youth populations in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium feel increasingly rejected due to socio-economic, political, and psychological reasons and show a tendency for right wing populism and Islamophobic discourses, some Muslim and migrant youth populations that have been exposed to similar socio-economic and rejection processes show a tendency for Islamization processes. The goal of this research, with the novel scholarly lens/perspective that it will develop, is to show that these two youth groups who essentially have similar socio-economic, political, and psychological elements become radicalized by going through similar processes and they reinforce their radicalism against one another. The research process includes extensive field works, literature review, and in-depth interviews. In the reasearch, an extensive group of researchers and scientific advisory group will work together.


DAAD German Academic Foreign Exchange Program -German Studies

Producing Turkish works and publications that will inform the Turkish public about the current political, social, economic, and cultural developments in Germany.

Center for Civil Society Studies


Social Incubation Center

Social Incubition Center has been working as a center which provides support for right based grass roots NGOs and citizen initiatives to increase their capacities. The center is offering office space, financial aid, training/workshop, networking and mentoring opportunities for NGOs and citizen initiatives participating in its programs


Prevention of Child Labor

It is a project including research and model development activities to prevent child labor.


Europe-Turkey Civil Society Exchange Program 

Civil Society Exchange is a program designed for civil society organizations and civil initiatives from Turkey and Europe. It supports the idea of a unified Europe through cross-border cooperation. It encourages civil society organizations to form and foster partnerships between Turkey and Europe and to work together in those partnerships on capacity building models and aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society by providing mobility and a space for mutual learning.


Young Voices 

This project which has been carried out since 2014, aims to raise awareness about child participation and to foster experience sharing/networking activities and collaboration between Turkey and Sweden in this regard.


Children Have a Say, the Game is for Everyone' Project

Project aims to develop new games and activities to be used in the classroom and different learning environments through the materials of the 'Children Have A Say Board Game' (training materials on human rights and children's rights education).

Center for Sociology and Education Studies


Civil Society for social inclusion of unaccompanied minors in transition to adulthood-leraning communities for shaping interfaces

The aim of the project CiSoTRA is to develop and implement an innovative methodology to foster social inclusion (including inclusion through education) of unaccompanied minor migrants in transition to early adulthood through holistic support networks, which would facilitate the transition from the youth support and education system to the adult education and employment system.


Right to Education of People with Disabilities: Together at School, Together in Life 

The purpose of this project is to contribute for equal participation of people with disabilities in education and to ensure integration of children with and without disabilities.  To change teachers' and parents' attitudes about disability is another objective of the project.  


Roma and Migrant School-Children in the scope of Inclusive Education

In the scope of the project, policy proposals have been developed about how to overcome the problems Roma and migrant children face at schools with inclusive education approaches. 


Teaching Fundamental Rights and Democratic Values through the Life Story of Anne Frank

The Project aims to raise awareness on Turkey's recent history and promote a critical approach to its relevance to current issues, by creating dialogue channel on the common past; and to strengthen mutual understanding and democratic principles.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities


Networking and Training Project for independent resarchers and NGOs working on cultural plurality in Turkey: Etnography and Oral History Methodology Training and Platform Building

The project aims to improve capacities of non-academic researchers in Marmara region, who are working about cultures of Turkey, by providing them opportunities to relate with each other through establishing working groups and network platforms and  by empowering them through trainings. By this way, it is aimed to improve the quality of studies about cultures of Turkey and promote intercultural dialogue. It will also contribute to increase the number of qualified studies based on factual information, conducted by individuals and institutions working on different cultures and about cultural plurality in general and thus it will help to increase the visibility of cultural plurality both in daily life and in politics and economy.