Redefining Urbanization: In the Views of University Students

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Demirci S., Şahin E., Teksöz G.

The 5th International Symposium on the Environment and Morals, İstanbul, Turkey, 24 - 25 September 2020, pp.146-152

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.146-152


More than half of the population are living in cities and the number is increasing. Interactions of urbanization-migration-environment is becoming a great concern since increase in urbanization accelerates migration and environmental problems. Education can be regarded a promising actor to overcome challenges due to these interactions. Accordingly, this study aimed to examine university students’ views on the interactions among urbanization-migration-environment to construct a plan on related educational context. A total of 42 students were participated to the study. Their responses were analyzed through descriptive statistics and content analysis. The findings revealed that they have two major arguments. While some claimed that migration leads environmental problems, others believed that environmental problems are due to unplanned urbanization but not migration. To conclude, we have suggested to support environmental education context in universities to emphasize the interactions of urbanization-migration-environment to help future decision-makers, educators and engineers redefine urbanization for a sustainable world.