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Climate change is one of the biggest and fastly accelerating threats to the people's livelihoods and communities. Cultural heritage is not only under threat from climate change, but it also serves as a powerful resource for climate action in our attempts to adapt and mitigate its impacts. My research and education agendas aim to mobilize heritage and the built environment as an asset and driver towards sustainability and climate action.

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I am an Assistant Professor on Heritage and Climate Change within the Unit Architectural Urban Design and Engineering at the Department of the Built Environment. Trained as an architect, I hold a M.Sc. degree in Heritage Conservation and a Ph.D. degree in Architecture awarded by the Oxford Brookes University, UK. I initially joined TU/e as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2019, and was then promoted to the Assistant Professor position in April 2020. I am also an Irene Curie Fellow.

My expertise lies in the cultural heritage field and its conjunction with the sustainable development, climate mitigation and adaptation agendas. My research interests concentrate on exploring and assessing how the existing buildings, cities and landscapes are transformed and reshaped under the impacts of climate change, and how their protection, continued use and adaptation can be ensured in a sustainable, inclusive, and innovative way while capturing and managing their inherent values in response to the existing societal challenges. My research and education agendas aim to mobilize heritage and the built environment as an asset and driver towards sustainability and climate action. 

I have coordinated an Erasmus+ KA203 project (e-CREHA, 2020-2023), and I have functioned as a Work Package Leader in two EU-funded Horizon RIA projects (THETIDA Horizon Europe, 2023-2026; CLIC H2020, 2017-2021), conducting multidisciplinary and cross-scalar research on the topic. I currently supervise 3 PhD candidates and 2 research officers who are funded by these projects. If you are a potential PhD candidate interested in the nexus of heritage and climate change topics, please get in touch.

In addition, I am an active member of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), the largest international heritage organization, and the Climate Heritage Network. I am also an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Design and Theory, and act as a Specialist Assessor for the British Council Cultural Heritage Fund.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Preservation and restoration of cultural heritage, Doctor, Oxford Brookes University

Award Date: 20 Nov 2017

Preservation and restoration of cultural heritage, Master, Istanbul Technical University

Award Date: 14 Jun 2010

Art and architecture, Bachelor, Istanbul Technical University

Award Date: 21 Jan 2008


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