About BAUMUS

Bahçeşehir University Center of Migration and Urban Studies (BAUMUS) in Istanbul began conducting research in Summer 2014. BAUMUS has branches in Berlin, Washington, Gaziantep, Antakya and Urfa and a partnership with BAU International Berlin Research Institute.

In the last fifty years, migration and urban studies have become well-established research disciplines worldwide. Increased attention on these issues calls for a transition from mainstream methods of study to consider a plurality of subjects. Migration and urban studies are interdisciplinary in nature and require cross-faculty collaboration.

BAUMUS addresses the need for research centers that provide opportunities for developing collaborative research approaches in Turkey and worldwide. The goal of BAUMUS is to develop research models that use theories and data to suggest realistic proposals. Instead of limiting the scope of projects to produce theoretical knowledge, we aim to create applicable suggestions and practical solutions.

BAUMUS holds public talks, conferences and symposiums related to the Center’s research to foster progress for individuals and institutions with complementary interests. In partnership with governmental and non-governmental agencies, the Center uses data-based knowledge as a platform for discussion and implementation.

We are a growing team of students and faculty from departments of Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, International Relations, Anthropology, Economics, Architecture and Design, City and Regional Planning, Communication, Health Sciences, Educational Sciences and Law. The project is led by director Ulaş Sunata whose current research interest within the Center focuses on Syrian Refugees.


Our Mission

BAUMUS is an active working team composed of different disciplines.

BAUMUS develops research models fostered by the use of theories and data, and suggests new ways for implementation.

"In universities of Turkey, researches on migration and urban studies generally occur within the departments of Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, International Relations, Anthropology, Economics, Architecture, City and Regional Planning and Law."