Demographic Research Center
Demographic Research Center experts work on a diverse spectrum of ongoing and short-term projects, including:
-Government consultations, training seminars, and modeling. The center is actively engaged in contract work for sponsors. We leverage our expertise in domestic demographic and economic affairs to produce focused reports on sponsors’ individual areas of interest. Our experts engage in specialized research and consultancy projects tailored to data user and sponsor needs.
High-quality analysis of population and economic data is vital for evidence-based decision making at all stages of a country’s development. Combining exceptional access to international data with the expertise of its staff, the Demgraphic Research Center conducts applied research on a range of demographic, economic, and health issues.
Areas of expertise
Business and Economy
Population, age and sex
Income and Poverty
Director: Prof. Dr. Mustafa TALAS
1. Causes of health inequalities in Turkey: Multiple dimensions, multiple indicators
There are profound inequalities in risks of dying in Turkey, and these inequalities have increased in recent decades. The project investigates the mechanisms by which these inequalities are generated, focusing on the different dimensions of the socio-economic situation, through a detailed analysis of major causes of death.
2. Family transformations – Incentives and norms
Over the last century, marriage and the family have undergone dramatic transformations, both in industrialized and less developed countries. Within a few decades, new patterns such as blended families or same-sex couples have emerged, divorce rates have increased, and fertility has gone down. This is also the cause and the outcome of value changes. This joint project focuses on the mechanisms that drive family transformations as well as their consequences. Family changes are accompanied by profound modifications of women’s social status and roles in society. However, some authors argue that the gender revolution is «incomplete» or «stalled» because gender equality is especially lagging inside the family, in contrast to what happens in education and the labor. Gender will thus be at the heart of this project too, both at the explanatory and at the normative level.
3. Internal migrations and residential strategies in Turkey from the 20th century to today
The overall objective is to analyze internal migration in Turkey from the early 20th century to the present day. The aim is to study the characteristics, causes and socio-economic effects, as well as the strategies (residential choice, intergenerational proximity, etc.) implemented and their interactions with other demographic parameters.
4. Social sciences and humanities data archive
The aim of this project is to build a "Turkey archive" of surveys and data collected in the human sciences. The project aims at constructing a tool for depositing the data of surveys carried out in the human sciences in the different Turkish universities so as to be able to reuse them for other projects.
5. Towards environment-friendy practices
The population-environment relationship is analyzed at the household level, especially in Turkey and other countries of the Middle East. This research aims to elucidate the various factors (material, socio-cultural, etc.) associated with changes in practices or resistance to them, in terms of energy use, energy renovation work, shopping goods, energy use and other practices that have an impact on the environment. The preferred theoretical framework is that of theories of social practices.