World City Network II: Change and Data Management, organized by Marmara Municipalities Union Urban Policy Center, was held in Istanbul on 30 April 2019. The event, which also addressed Istanbul as a global city, gathered a large number of participants from national and international arena.

This second meeting, which was a continuation of the first Globalization and World City Network meeting held in 2018, focused on the changes and new approaches in global city network studies, data visualization and data gathering for local governance. During the meeting, participants discussed the relations between globalizing cities and the scientific methods used to understand the nature of these relations. Moreover, participants also discussed the place of Istanbul among the world cities and its future.

In the opening speech, Mr. Tahir Büyükakın, President of MMU and Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality highlighted the importance of the efficient data management in city governance and said: “Digital technologies, smart city networks, city services and infrastructure, citizen participation, city leaders awareness of problems and success of their projects as well as safe and secure data sharing with the public have become crucial. This meeting is the concrete expression of the endeavor of gathering actors from different knowledge producing and applying sectors.” After the opening speech of Dr. Büyükakın, Assoc. Dr. Aslı Ceylan Öner made her speech on Istanbul and its skyscrapers. In the first session, Prof. Dr. Ben Derruder gave his presentation titled ‘New Approaches in Quantitative Research on World City Network: The Change in Istanbul’s Status as a World City’ and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Allan Watson touched on renewed agenda on qualitative research on world city network. Following the first session, Prof. Dr. Stefan Björn Henneman gave a talk on data visualization in global urban studies. The meeting concluded with the session on ‘Data Gathering for Local Governance’.

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