Basak Demires Ozkul has received her B.Sc. degree in City and Regional Planning from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and her MA in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.
Her PhD thesis titled “Changing Settlement Patterns for Home and Work in England and Wales, 1981 -2001” was supervised by Prof. Sir Peter Hall and Prof. Michael Batty. She has completed her PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning in September 2011.
I am interested in discovering ways of approaching and interpreting the effects of socio-economic change by combining housing and labour economics, sociology and geography. These representations are linked through spatial analysis, which provides a bridge between these fields.
The global economic shift into the knowledge economy in the 1970s had a profound effect on
settlement structure in England and Wales. The physical changes brought on by the dismantling of the rigid manufacturing sector were compounded by an important socio-economic shift. The knowledge worker became a centrepiece of the post-industrial economy. The importance of specialised knowledge within the post-industrial firm brought these highly skilled workers on par with senior management resulting in a transformative effect on their choices of employment and housing. These changes are the centrepiece of contemporary economic, social and geographic research. However studies spanning these three theoretical spheres have been limited. This has deprived us of crucial theoretical links that would allow us to disentangle the complex changes that have occurred.
This research is aimed at capturing the effects of this broad socio-economic transformation on the settlement structure of home and work in England and Wales. The analysis focuses on
the changes in structural and functional change through the use of commuting data for 1981
through 2001. Changes are investigated by bringing together and expanding current spatial analysis techniques. The selection and composition of these techniques is informed by the
major theoretical representations of employment and housing patterns and social structure. I have sought to provide a novel way of approaching and interpreting the effects of socio-economic
change by combining these three different perspectives within a multi-variate spatial
analysis framework that is relayed with consistent objects and attributes. Thus I have brought together theories in housing and labour economics as well as incorporating knowledge in social stratification. This has allowed me to unravel some of the complex settlement patterns
that have been observed. These representations have also demonstrated their effectiveness in linking different strands of socio-economic theory through spatial analysis, providing a bridge between these fields.