I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bern, Institute of Geography's Political Urbanism & Sustainable Spatial Development group. My research interests sit at the intersection of land-use planning, public policy, and social justice.
I have received my Ph.D. from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and BA in Economics from the Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. As an adjunct professor, I worked at the Ohio State University, City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School of Architecture and I conducted research as a research fellow at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
In my research, I explore the governance of urban densification projects, community responses to urban change, and urban governance of diversity with a social justice and sustainability perspective.
I am a mother of one.