Founded under the auspices of Kadir Has University in 2009, the Istanbul Studies Center (ISC) provides an interdisciplinary forum for innovative research on socio-economic, political, and cultural processes in world cities, with a focus on Istanbul. The ISC seeks to promote scholarly endeavors in urban studies by organizing local and international symposia, seminars, workshops, summer programs, hosting research fellows, as well as developing and partaking in collaborative research projects.

The main goal of the ISC is to encourage research on Istanbul, a world city in rapid change. We are interested just as much in what makes Istanbul different from other world cities as in what makes it similar to them. We, thus, welcome intellectual input of various kinds that would enable us to better grasp the particularity of Istanbul within a highly complex world city network, whose changing patterns of connectivity deserves renewed attention as a significant object of analysis in the field of urban studies.