The Voices from the Community section of the IJURR Foundation website is a space for past and present award holders to reflect on their experience of the IJURR Foundation. Over the 27 years since it was established, the Foundation has supported hundreds of outstanding scholars around the world. Some have gone on to work in academic positions, while others have moved into a diverse range of careers and positions. It is time to share the stories from this rich network of alumni and find out more about the people supported by the Foundation, and where this support has helped to take them in their lives and careers.

We welcome new blogs from IJURR Foundation Alumni to Sarah Daisy (Company Secretary).


Left: Iztapalapa from the cablebús, Mexico City. Right: Sultanbeyli, İstanbul . Photos: Özge Yüksekkaya, 2023.

Reflections on Fieldwork Experiences in Mexico City and İstanbul

by Özge Yüksekkaya, (Studentship Award Holder, 2023)



Street traders sharing their experiences during a photo exhibition in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo: Elmond Bandauko, 2022.

Voices from the ‘margins’: fieldwork reflections from using participatory photovoice with street traders in Harare, Zimbabwe

by Elmond Bandauko (Studentship holder, 2022)


Greyscale photo of desk globe. Photo: Krzysztof Hepner on Unsplash, published on 

Three family generations of migrants from Turkey to Europe are monetarily more impoverished than those who returned to or have never left their origins

by Dr Şebnem Eroğlu (Studenship Holder, 2001)


Lubumbashi smelter: extraction and urbanization. Photo: Brandon Marc Finn, January 5, 2019

Adapting and Expanding Urban Research on Informality, Sustainability, and Inequality

by Brandon Finn (Studentship Holder, 2020)

‘Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!’ Public participation at a graffiti workshop in Rio de Janeiro, promoted by UN Women Brazil #orangeurhood. Photo: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil, December 2014. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Feminicide in Rio de Janeiro

by Brena O’Dwyer (Writing Up Grant holder, 2021)


Research during the COVID pandemic. Photo: Divine M. Asafo, October 2022.

Reflection on the Effect of IJURR Foundation Writing up Grant

by Divine M. Asafo (Writing up Grant holder, 2020)



‘Wrocław Główny after the reconstruction’. Photo: Maria Węgrzynowska, 2016

The Beautiful, the Cosy, the Exciting—Aesthetic Desires We Live By

by Anastasiya Halauniova (Writing up Grant holder, 2020)