The roles and ethical perspectives of urban planners in Turkey

Sabah C. M., Gülümser A. A.

Planning Practice and Research, 2023 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02697459.2023.2230019
  • Journal Name: Planning Practice and Research
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, CAB Abstracts, Geobase, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: code of ethics, ethics in planning, Professional ethics, roles of planners
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study examines the influence of ethical rules on Turkish planners’ ability to carry out their duties. Researchers used qualitative and quantitative methods, including a survey with hypothetical scenarios and prioritization tests, to measure ethical preferences. Findings indicate that planners in Turkey make ethically inappropriate choices in providing information outside their field of expertise and publishing information on demand. However, their responsibility to the public and public interest principle come to the forefront in planners’ ethical preferences. Planners preferred deontological ethics in performing their professional duties, but also preferred more political and hybrid roles.