I am a researcher specialized in transnational planning, development and displacement. Currently, I am a part-time faculty member at the Ohio State University. I have received my Ph.D. degree from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016). I studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc., 2009) and Sabanci University (BA, 2008) in Istanbul, Turkey.
I grew up in multiple cities across Turkey; ended up specializing in residential displacement in urban context. My dissertation research focuses on urban development-induced displacement. My dissertation is motivated by a short yet challenging question: Is it possible to plan urban renewal that does not cause displacement? Using case study methodology, I conduct a comparative analysis of the national urban renewal program in Turkey.
In my research, I explore how urban development policies are constructed; how policy ideas travel and how communities politically and spatially respond to the violation of the basic principles of democratic planning. My current research focuses on community development, housing and megaprojects in the context of the global South.