• Research

Evren Uzer is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at School of Design Strategies, at Parsons The New School for Design and also affiliated with HDK as a researcher. Evren is an urban planner and practitioner working on civic engagement and critical heritage studies, participatory housing processes and interventions in the public space. Evren holds a PhD from Istanbul Technical University (2010) on cultural heritage at risk. Her current research is related to resistance, theorizing heritage activism, decolonization and right to housing issues mainly focusing on US and Turkey.

She completed a post-doctoral research project (2013-2015) on heritage and activism at University of Gothenburg, School of Design and Crafts (HDK) in Sweden as a part of Critical Heritage Studies Urban research cluster[i] and another research project on “Heritage and Urban Resistance: Exploring Identity Politics, Commons and Conflict” funded by the Swedish National Heritage Board -RAA (Jan 2015-Dec 2016)[ii]. She currently is a part of a research team working on Reconciliatory Heritage: Reconstructing Heritage in a Time of Violent Fragmentations funded by Vetenskapsrådet VR (2017-2020)[iii]. She also has a research project focusing on housing related protests and non-profit organizations in NYC funded by Parsons the New School for Design.

She co-organized “Heritage as Commons | Commons as Heritage” event series at University of Gothenburg 2013-2014) then co-edited the book with the same name that was published in 2015 from Makadam. Prior to her current position she had researcher/lecturer positions at Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), Bergen School of Architecture (Norway) and Pratt Institute (NYC) teaching and researching mainly on housing and shelter design, post-disaster housing, collaborative work and participatory processes. Her current teaching at Parsons School of Design Strategies are on urban research methods, advance research, design for equitable public space, urban interventions and urban practice thesis.

Her practice outside academia is currently split between her involvement at Collective for Community, Culture and Environment-CCCE (https://collectiveforcce.com) and her artistic practice at roomservices. CCCE is an interdisciplinary feminist collective working on projects that further economic resilience, cultural diversity, public health, social justice, and environmental sustainability focusing on engaging low- and moderate-income residents and communities to shape decisions about their environment and everyday life. Roomservices is an artistic research collaboration for practice-based and experimental design projects, dealing with issues such as social and artistic practices and collaboration. Through roomservices, Evren practices social and subconstructive design, radical cartographies, community participation and artistic research (www.roomservices.org).

[i]  Critical Heritage Studies Urban Research Cluster was led by Henric Benesch and Ingrid Holmberg during that post-doc period (2013-15).

[ii] RAA (2015 Jan- 2016 Dec) Heritage and Resistance project team: Feras Hammami, Kulturvård, GU and Evren Uzer, HDK, GU.

[iii] VR (2017-2020) Reconciliatory Heritage project team: Michael Landzelius, URBSEC, GU och Chalmers; Ola Sigurdson och Klas Grinell, Litteratur, idéhistoria & religion, GU; Mikael Baaz, Juridik, GU; Feras Hammami, Kulturvård, GU; Evren Uzer, HDK, GU; Mona Lilja, Sociologi, KaU




Evren Uzer

evren.uzer [at] hdk.gu.se
+ 46 (0) 31 786 5866