Tenure Security in Informal Settlements in Istanbul: Institutional Development and Legalisation

Janus Munk

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis takes it point of departure in the debate on how what constitutes tenure security people in informal settlements. By tracing Turkey’s socio-political and economic dynamics over time, this thesis assess the key factors and the institutional structures of tenure and informal housing. With an institutional outlook it is argued that tenure security in informal housing is mostly dependent on the slowly convergence of formal and informal institutions. With Istanbul as a case the legalisation process, in the form of largescale urban transformation projects, and the institutional setup is analysed in depth. This thesis concludes that the institutionalisation of informality within formal institutions has created de facto tenure security, yet that legalisation attempt can lead to exclusion and latent forced evictions if not addressing fundamental power inequalities.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato10 mar. 2014
VejledereThorkil Casse


  • informal settlements
  • turkey