Gülden Erkut is Professor of Regional
Planning at the City and Regional Planning Department, Istanbul
Technical University (ITU). She obtained her first degree (BSc in
Sociology) from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1976 and
Masters degree in City Planning (MSc in City Planning) from METU in
1981. She completed her PhD (in City and Regional Planning) at Istanbul
Technical University in 1986. She served as the Chair of Regional
Planning division of the department for 10 years (2000–2010).
Gülden Erkut’s research interests and
publications include strategic spatial planning, regional and local
development, social policies and urban sociology. She has extensive
academic and professional experiences in teaching, research and
consultancy. She conducted regional and local planning projects in
cooperation with international, national and local institutions.
She contributed to the
international/interdisciplinary ‘Urban Management’ Master program,
Berlin Technical University as a DAAD Guest Professor (2012-2013).
Gülden Erkut served for the expert
commissions on ‘Urbanism’ and ‘Regional Planning’ for the 7th, 8th and
9th 5-year Development Plans of Turkey. She worked in Istanbul
Earthquake Master Plan (2003), 1/100.000 scaled Istanbul Environmental
Plan (2005) and 1/100.000 scaled Bursa Environmental Plan (2012).
Recently she works for ‘Turkey Spatial Strategic Plan’, Ministry of
Environment and Urbanism (2018-2019).
She was a member of the Policy Unit 7 on
‘Urban Economic Development Strategies’ for UN Habitat III which
produced a key policy paper supporting The New Urban Agenda. She is
Habitat UNI focal point of Istanbul Technical University.