Gizem Kahraman Aksoy

Gizem Kahraman (Aksoy)

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College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Department: Arab and Islamic Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Gulf Studies and Centre for Islamic Archaeology

Gizem Kahraman (Aksoy) is a doctoral researcher at the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), holding a Gulf Studies PhD Studentship. Her doctoral research focuses on historical and contemporary social production of space in Qatar; drawing on architecture, urbanism, material culture and ethnography. Within this, she investigates vernacular architectural production in Qatar from the pre-oil period until today, a subject closely intertwined with Doha’s urban and socio-economic transformation, migration and home-making. She is a member of the Centre for Gulf Studies and the Centre for Islamic Archaeology.

 

Gizem was previously a member of the Origins of Doha and Qatar project team at University College London-Qatar (UCL-Qatar) from 2015—2016 where she worked as a visiting researcher. In 2016, she won the Unlimited Doha Design Prize, an urban design competition organized by the British Council reflecting on the revitalisation of Doha’s older neighbourhoods.

 

Gizem is an architect, having gained an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 2013±—for which she was awarded a Univerlecco Scholarship—and a BSc and BA in Architecture from Izmir University of Economics in 2009, where she was awarded an Education Scholarship and was the highest-ranked graduate in her class. She was employed as a lecturer and education assistant in 2013 and 2014 in the Izmir University of Economics, and has worked at several architectural practices in Turkey and Italy, conducting research, consultancy and architectural design.

 

More information on Gizem’s research and work experience can be found at:

https://exeter.academia.edu/GizemKahraman

 

Related Publications:

 

  • Freire-Lista, D.M.; Kahraman, G.; Carter, R. Multi-Analysis Characterisation of a Vernacular House in Doha (Qatar): Petrography and Petrophysics of its Construction Materials. Minerals 2019, 9(4), 241; https://doi.org/10.3390/min9040241