Socially oriented design practices in Turkey: a critical analysis of participation and collaboration

Gürdere Akdur, Selin
This study provides a detailed examination of socially oriented design (SOD) practices of the last decade in Turkey. Referring to the lack of academic studies in the design literature focusing on SOD practices, I aimed at discovering the entire processes of these practices to construct a critical analysis. The study was conducted in two stages by applying a textual analysis approach. In the first stage, initially, 93 SOD practices were compiled and explored through their representations on Turkish design media. Then, 35 of them were determined by the criteria derived from the SOD literature and their salient features were examined in terms of the range of actors involved in the processes, the prominent issues tackled by the initiators of these practices, objectives they intended for and methods they applied. In the second stage, firstly, five face-to face expert interviews were conducted to the validity of the study. Based on the recommendations of these experts and the criteria derived from the literature, secondly, 13 interviews were carried out with 16 initiators to analyze the processes of these practices deeply. The purpose was to go beyond what is visible in the media discourse of the initiatives identified in the first stage and to examine the entire processes in terms of the relationships of the actors, the distribution of roles, and the approaches of participation and collaboration. In the second stage, where the traces of initiators of SOD practices followed, a material-semiotic theoretical framework was applied. As a result, the study reveals the current situation of SOD practices in Turkey, the motivations of the initiators, the requirements of the processes in terms of participation and collaboration, the changing roles of actors, and the strategies and values adopted in the involvement of different actors. In conclusion, a detailed discussion of the implications of the study was conducted, and by reflecting the diversity of SOD practices in Turkey, a model that demonstrates the prominent characteristics was introduced. The contribution of the study and the recommendations for future studies was also made.


Origins, aims and method of basic design courses in industrial design programs in Turkey
Özer, Damla; Korkut, Fatma; Department of Industrial Design (2004)
This study examines basic design courses in industrial design programs in Turkey, in terms of origins, aims and methods. The aim of the study is to inquire the differences and similarities, and to understand factors affecting the characteristics of basic design courses. A field study was conducted about the subject, which comprised of interviews with instructors of basic design courses and chairpersons in six departments offering undergraduate program in industrial design in Turkey. The field study indicate...
Problems and Status of Sociology in Turkey
Hançer, Zuhal Yonca; Hançer, Zuhal Yonca; Department of Sociology (2004)
The main question of this study is the insufficient developed character of sociology in Turkey. In this study it is assumed that there are few factors that lead to this situation. Official ideology and its effects on sociology and university, the problems arisen from the discipline itself, the developing character of Turkey, and the conflict among sociologist academicians can be accepted as the factors that affect the sociology in Turkey. Related to this problem, in this study the opinions of academics soci...
Areas Of Expertise, Types Of Services Given And Client Industries Of Design Consultancy Firms In Turkey
Alparslan, Muzeyyen; Börekçi, Naz Ayşe Güzide Z. (Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 2011)
This article presents part of a survey carried out to determine the scope of design consultancy in Turkey. The survey was conducted as part of a master’s thesis carried out in the graduate program at METU Department of Industrial Design. The article explores the role of design consultancy in Turkey in fulfilling product development needs of client firms, who may be firms from the industry, as well as clients who are not manufacturers. Design consultancy in Turkey is a small business run since the 1980s. Cur...
Professional identity development of efl teachers working at rural schools in Turkey
Şahin, Melike; Savaş, Perihan; Department of English Language Teaching (2021-2-20)
This study aimed to investigate the professional identity construction of EFL teachers working at rural school in Turkey. The participants of the study were five EFL teachers working in four different geographical regions of Turkey at middle school level. The main research foci of the study are: (1) understanding the professional identity construction experiences of EFL teachers working at rural schools, (2) examining the influence of teaching context on professional identity construction of rural EFL teach...
Strategies for an effective university-industry collaboration in industrial design education : a case study of graduation projects
Baysal, Ömer Orhun; Hasdoğan, Gülay Fatma; Department of Industrial Design (2007)
Industrially supported projects, which are an important part of industrial design education, have been carried on with an increasing pace in universities in Turkey for a long time. This thesis develops strategies to improve collaborative projects with industry in industrial design education, by examining how collaboration member benefit from each other’s and which problems do they encounter with collaboration; and to find out what the needs and expectations of all members are through a case study of graduat...
Citation Formats
S. Gürdere Akdur, “Socially oriented design practices in Turkey: a critical analysis of participation and collaboration,” Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Industrial Design., Middle East Technical University, 2019.