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Some Recent Publications:

Single-firm case studies in economic geography: some methodological reflections on the case of Zara, 
Journal of Economic Geography, 2015, v. 15, n. 3 (May) pp. 631-647

'Made in Italy? Who cares!' Prada's new economic geography, Geoforum, 2014, v. 54 (July) pp. 1-9

Toward a better understanding of the apparel industry: a critique of the upgrading literature,
Journal of Economic Geography2013, v.13, n.6 (November) pp. 993-1011

Doing a Gucci: the transformation of an Italian fashion firm into a global powerhouse in a 'Los Angeles-izing' world,
Journal of Economic Geography, 2013, v.13, n.2 (March) pp. 239-255 (Special Issue: Global Retail and
Global Finance -- Honouring
Neil Wrigley).

The changing role of place-image in the profit making strategies of the designer fashion industry, 
Geography Compass, 2012, v. 6, n.1 (January) pp. 35-43.

Old firms, new tricks and the quest for profits: Burberry's journey from success to failure and back to success again, 
Journal of Economic Geography, 2012, v. 12, n. 1 (January) pp. 55-77.

Creative individuals, creative places: Marc Jacobs, New York and Paris, International Journal of Urban and 
Regional Research2011, v. 35, n. 6 (November) pp. 1256-1271.

The clothing industry in Istanbul in the era of globalization and fast fashion, (with Omur Kizilgun and Erin Cho),
 Urban Studies, 2011, v. 48, n. 6 (May) pp. 1201-1216.  

Coping with the changing rules of the game in the global textiles and apparel industries: evidence from Turkey 
and Morocco, (with Omur Kizilgun), Journal of Economic Geography,  2010, v. 10, n. 2 (March) pp. 209-229.

Global sourcing: insights from the global clothing industry – the case of Zara, a fast fashion retailer, 
In The Globalization of Retailing, Neil M. Coe and Neil Wrigley (editors), Edward Elgar, Surrey, 2009.

From manufacturing garments for ready-to-wear to designing collections for fast fashion: 
 the changing role of suppliers in the clothing industry, (with Omur Kizilgun), Environment and Planning A
2009, v. 41, n. 1 (January) pp. 146-162.
Shifting global supply networks and fast fashion: made in Turkey for Marks & Spencer, 
 (with Neil Wrigley and Omur Kizilgun), Global Networks, 2008 v. 8, n. 3 (July) pp. 261-280.

Global sourcing: insights from the global clothing industry – the case of Zara, a fast fashion retailer,
  Journal of Economic Geography, 2008, v. 8, n.1 (January) pp. 21-38.

Asymmetrical Power Relations and Upgrading among Suppliers of Global Clothing Brands: Hugo Boss 
in Turkey,  Journal of Economic Geography, v. 7, n. 1, 2007 (January) pp. 67-92.

Networks, Firms and Upgrading within the Blue-jeans Industry: Evidence from Turkey,
 Global Networks, v. 7. n. 1, 2007 (January) pp. 51-68.

Upgrading in the Global Clothing Industry: the Transformation of Boyner Holding, 
  Competition and Change, (with Yonca Eldener), v. 8, n. 2, 2004 (June) pp.173-193.

Upgrading in the Global Clothing Industry: Mavi Jeans and the Transformation of a Turkish Firm from 
Full-package to Brand-name Manufacturing and Retailing, (with Omur Kizilgun), Economic Geography
v. 80, n. 3, 2004 (July) , pp. 221-240.

Globalization and the Changing Clothing Industry in Turkey, Environment and Planning A, v. 35, n. 10, 
2003 (October), pp. 1877-1894.

Globalization and the Changing Political Economy of Distribution Channels in Turkey, 
 (with Yonca Boyaci Eldener), Environment and Planning A, v. 34, n. 2, 2002 (February), pp. 217-238.

Some Recent Honors and Awards:

The Design and Social Science Fund Award, 2008-2009, (with Jinsook Erin Cho). New School University.

Nominated for a Distinguished University Teaching Award, 2007. New School University.

The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Research Grant, 2005-2006, (with Omur Kizilgun).

Middle East Research Competition, 2002-2003, (with Feyzan Erkip).

Some Recent Talks:

Global sourcing: insights from the global clothing industry - the case of Zara

Turkish manufacturers in the global clothing industry - in their own words

Sourcing strategies of high-end retailers within the global economy



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