Industrialization and Urban Growth from the Ottoman Empire to today's Turkey: A Comparative Perspective

Start Date and End Date

01 October 2016
30 September 2021

Turkish Partner(s)

Koc University


Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Erdem KABADAYI


1.5 Million Euros


ERC Programme

Project Web Page

Scientific Outputs

UrbanOccupationsOETR project aims to measure and map dynamics of industrialization, economic development and urbanisation from the late Ottoman Empire to today’s Turkey (1850-2000).

The project will adopt an inter-disciplinary approach with a comparative perspective and will focus on the dynamics of industrialisation, urbanisation and their accompanying changes in occupational structures and residential and migrational patterns. This project can be seen as an attempt to bring Ottoman/Turkish history into the newly emerging field of digital humanities. In this respect, it will use advanced techniques of spatial data and multiple correspondence analysis in conjuncture to answer long debated research questions and to formulate and work on new ones by taking an unprecedented step forward towards establishing a digital research infrastructure for the social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey

In addition, this project will re-define industrialisation in its connection with urbanisation from a spatiotemporal analytical perspective. The end goal is to understand the regional and temporal differentiations of economic development.

Tackling ‘grand’ or societal challenges

Industrial Innovation (including innovation in services as well as products and processes)

Research-influenced changes in policy, agenda-setting

The provision of Improved Public Goods

The improved exercise of professional skill

Human capital development

Within the scope of the project, one postdoctoral researcher, 5 PhD students, 2 graduates and an undergraduate researcher are employed.