An International Assignment for Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şevkiye Şence Türk
Jan 18, 2017

ITU Department of City and Regional Planning faculty member Assoc. Prof Dr. Şevkiye Şence Türk was selected as a member of the board of directors of the Land Governance Laboratory (Lg Lab), transformed into a non-governmental organization in 2013, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faculty members. At the same time, our internationally recognized faculty member, holds great responsibility as the Turkish coordinator for UrbanLEX, an important database of the United Nations Human Settlement Program Headquarters (UN-HABITAT) that includes resources related to urban law and is open to the whole world.

Among Dr Türk’s research areas are; legal and managerial problems of urban areas, land development processes in intraurban and urban development areas, urban renewal and location selection.


What is Lg Lab and what areas does it work in?

Lg Lab continues to focus on the use of land management tools to facilitate open and comprehensive decision-making processes and to improve practices for poverty and gender sensitive development programs in land governance of developing countries. One of the most important projects of Lg Lab was the publishing of the "Governance-Based Land Readjustment" book which was completed in 2014 with the cooperation and sponsorship of UN-HABITAT. In the work, the experiences of land management of 11 countries that fall into the category of developing countries were examined in detail. In addition, two workshops were held while preparing this work, as requested by LgLab for the shaping of Participatory and Inclusive Land Readjustment (PILaR)-related policies. The first of these, was held by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şevkiye Şence Türk on October 22-23, 2013 at the Taşkışla Campus. The second workshop was held in Medellín, Colombia, on 11-12 March 2014, under the title of "PILaR Book Project Second Review Workshop". The book, which went through two different review processes with these two workshops, includes a chapter written by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şevkiye Şence Türk titled “Is Participatory and Comprehensive Re-Landing Possible in Turkey?”

The Board of Directors consists of 5 people chaired by MIT professor, Dr. Yu-Hung Hong. Hong is also the director of the Sam Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Laboratory. In addition to Dr. Şevkiye Şence Türk, Lg Lab’s board members include: James Freas, Planning Officer, Newton City (Massachusetts, USA), Professor Richard Klosterman, professor emeritus at the University of Akron, Ohio, and MIT graduate and Bhutan Thimphu Municipality Planning Chief, Geley Norbu.