Meriç Kırmızı has been teaching and doing research in the field of urban sociology as an assistant professor in sociology at the Faculty of Science and Letters of Ondokuz Mayıs University since January 2018. She received her PhD degree in Human Sciences in the Graduate School of Human Sciences of Osaka University, and finished with her tasks as a research fellow at Urban Research Plaza in Osaka City University in March 2017. Before she arrived in Japan as a MEXT Research Student in April 2012, she received an M.S. degree in sociology from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Middle East Technical University. Her research interests are post-industrial urban change, gentrification, area revitalization, mobility, and urban commons in Japanese and Turkish cities.
Her publications include, Kirmizi, M., 2019, "Loic Wacquant'a ilişkin Notlar Üzerinden Güncel Türkiye Okuması Denemesi (Re-thinking Contemporary Turkey with Loic Wacquant)," İDEALKENT – Kent Araştırmaları Dergisi, 10(26): 316-339; “Japanese Gentrification from a Local Community Perspective,” City & Community, 18(2): 618-637, and “Book Review: The Urban Politics of Squatters’ Movements”, Sociological Research Online, February 10; Kirmizi, M., 2018, “Book Review: The Battle for the High Street Retail Gentrification, Class and Disgust,” İDEALKENT – Kent Araştırmaları Dergisi, 9(24): 733-756, and “Patterns of Women's Perceptions of their Revitalized Osaka Neighbourhood,”人間科学研究科紀要 [Bulletin of Graduate School of Human Sciences Osaka University], 44: 121-145.
As 2020 FFJ/Michelin Foundation Fellow, she will study shopping street revitalization and pedestrianization in French cities, beginning with Paris. She will compare the French examples with the Samsun case in Turkey and the Osaka case in Japan to find out the similarities and differences of the same urban planning and development practices in different urban settings of societies with different levels of socio-economic development. She aims to understand the success or failure factors behind shopping streets’ revitalization, including pedestrianization better by comparing these practices in different geographies. Her larger project seeks to analyse in a comparative fashion the commercial and residential dimensions of urban change or urban crisis in the 21st century in search of answers to the conditions of success of these particular urban practices and a better city.