She is a Law graduate with LLM degree in Law of Economics from Galatasaray University and M.A. degree on Cultural Studies Programme from Istanbul Bilgi University. Currently, she pursues her Ph.D. in Public Law at Istanbul Bilgi University with a focus on business and human rights. She has been practicing law (mainly on human rights) since 2005, enrolled to Istanbul Bar Association. She is based in Istanbul and works for the Truth Justice Memory Center (Hafıza Merkezi) as a lawyer. She is among the founding members of the Center for Spatial Justice (Mekanda Adalet Derneği – MAD). She contributes to MAD’s work and currently serves as the chairperson of its the Board of Directors.
Sinan Erensü received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. His dissertation looked at the changing relations of nature, society, state and capital in Turkey through analyzing infrastructure investments and ecological struggles in the Eastern Black Sea Region. Together with researchers working on similar issues, he co-edited Sudan Sebepler: Türkiye’de Neoliberal Su-Enerji Politikaları ve Direnişleri [Reasons of Water: Neoliberal Politics and Struggles of Water-Energy in Turkey] from Iletisim Publishing and İsyan ve Umudun Dip Dalgası: Günümüz Türkiye’sinden Politik Ekoloji Tartışmaları [Undercurrents of Hope and Uprising: Contemporary Political Ecological Discussions in Turkey] from Tekin Publishing. His research interests include development and ethnography of energy, environmental sociology and sociology of space, and urban and rural political ecology. He co-coordinates MAD’s Urban Political Ecology Summer School on the Roads of Istanbul. He is a member of the Center for Spatial Justice and the Ecology Collective.
Çiğdem Furtuna received her MA degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Her thesis documented and analyzed log-timber mosques in Samsun-Çarşamba as vernacular forms of architectural heritage. She is one of the volunteers for Düzce Hope Homes, the first participatory public housing project in Turkey. She is one of the founding members of the Center for Spatial Justice.
Sinem Boyacı is an architect and a student of sociology. She wrote a thesis, Spatial Organization of Power: Istanbul, Cairo, Paris as part of her MA education at Grenoble School of Architecture. She continues to work on similar issues under the title of Changing Geography of Justice in Istanbul: Istanbul Justice Palace and writes her thesis on the relationship between power and justice buildings. She is one of the founding members of the Center for Spatial Justice. She contributes to Networks of Dispossession and also works as an architect.
Yaşar Adnan Adanalı is an Istanbul based urbanist, researcher and academic. He is the co-founder and director of the Center for Spatial Justice. He worked on the right to housing with urban poor in Santa Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. He involved in the project conducted by the University of Stuttgart to improve Palestinian Refugee Camps in different cities in the Middle East through participatory methods. He has been teaching participatory planning and design courses in Mundus Urbano Masters Programme at TU Darmstadt since 2009. He coordinates MAD’s Urban Political Ecology Summer School on the Roads of Istanbul. Adanalı is one of the volunteers for Düzce Hope Homes, the first participatory public housing project in Turkey.