Asu Aksoy is a professor at the Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communications and she teaches at the Art and Cultural Management Department. Between 2010- 2016, she was the director of İstanbul Bilgi University Cultural Policy and Management Research Centre (KPY). After working in the UK on academic research programmes on communications, migration, media and cultural identity, she joined Istanbul Bilgi University as the international projects coordinator of its arts and culture center– Santralistanbul. She was involved in the bidding process of Istanbul for the 2010 European Capital of Culture label. She was one of the coordinators of a major project on the cultural economy of Istanbul, commissioned by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency. She became the Istanbul curator of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Making City, 2012, and she participated in Istanbul’s first Design Biennale in 2012 with a project on informal housing culture in Istanbul. Professor Aksoy carries out research projects on cultural development and cultural heritage management planning for municipalities and public authorities in Turkey. She has carried out international research projects on cultural policy, such as the project titled “Access to Art and Culture: A Comparative Analysis in Europe and Policy Recommendations” funded by the EU Culture 2007-2013 programme. She recently completed a joint Turkey-UK research project titled ‘Plural Heritages of Istanbul: the case of the Land Walls’, funded by the AHRC (UK) and TUBITAK (Turkey).
She has publications in the areas of transnational media, migration and cultural identity, on the cultural and policy aspects of urban change and transformation of Istanbul, and on cultural policy issues in Turkey. The following are some of her recent publications in English language: with Figen Kıvılcım Çorakbaş (2021) “Politics of Loss in a World Heritage Site: The Case of the Historic Vegetable Gardens of the Land Walls of Istanbul”, Heritage &Society, 14:1, 112-138 ; with Kevin Robins; Cultural Politics and Conquest Culture: Report from Istanbul”, Cultural Politics 1 November 2021, 17 (3): 279–301 ; with Kevin Robins, (2015) Transnationalism, Migration and the Challenge to Europe, London: Routledge ; with Şeyben, Burcu Yasemin (2014) “Storm over the state cultural institutions: new cultural policy direction in Turkey”, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21(2).
Dr. Aksoy is presently a member of the management board of KPY, of the editorial board of the KPY Yearbook, and also a member of the international advisory board of City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, Routledge.