Tracing the work-related mobility patterns and demographic shifts in Istanbul

In policy and research, it is widely acknowledged that everyday mobilities mobilities and urban access have significant implications for inequalities through various spheres of everyday life. Work is one such area, where particular social groups, such as women of lower socioeconomic status, have become disadvantaged due to mobility constraints. However, most scholarly attention to date has been on transport, economic, social and cultural barriers for the disadvantaged populations in reaching economic opportunities. In this paper, I extend this understanding into the people’s perceptions of work and mobility. Specifically, in light of the economic and demographic shifts, I look at the work-related mobilities of men and women living and/or working in low-income neighbourhoods in Istanbul, a rapidly growing city through large infrastructure and urban renewal projects. Using a mixed method study design, I investigate how people move within cities in relation to economic activities, how they perceive work and the right to mobility, and how these perceptions relate to the built environment and access to infrastructure. I eventually argue that work-related mobilities have increasingly become intertwined with both residential and non-residential spaces of everyday life.