Construction, economic development and planning policies

Principal Investigator:

Craig Watkins


Berna Keskin (University of Sheffield), Elif Alkay (Istanbul Technical University)


March 2015 - March 2017

The construction sector has been increasing its importance in Turke's economy since 2004. The contribution of construction to Turkey's Gross National Product (GNP) was 4.9% in 2000, 14.1% in 2004 and 18.3% in 2010. To date these increases are explained as simply being a result of economic growth. However, in order to evaluate the role and function of construction in economic growth, it is important to explore the relationship between construction and the economy.

This project aims to understand the interplay between construction and the economy within Turkey by employing a range of methods that will provide key insights to policy makers regarding the potential for construction to support sustained growth. The researchers will also investigate the role of planning and consider the impact that planning policies and practices have on the construction sector.

The project builds on our established links with colleagues at Istanbul Technical University.


British Academy/Newton Fund