Issues in Contemprary Turkey: Continuities and Transformations 4




Dr. Mehmet Penpecioğlu, Independet Researcher (formerly İzmir Institute of Technology, Dept. of City and Regional Planning)

Mehmet Penpecioğlu graduated from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Dokuz Eylul University and received his Master and PhD degrees from Regional Planning and Urban Politics Departments at Middle East Technical University. He completed his postdoctoral research at TU Delft OTB - Research for Built Environment and comparatively analyzed how urban planners’ roles and attitudes change under the influence of authoritarian neoliberal urban policies. He worked as research assistant and lecturer at Middle East Technical University and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Between 2014 and 2017, he was a faculty member, Assistant Professor at Izmir Institute of Technology, Department of City and Regional Planning. In 2017, as a young scholar in Turkey, he was unlawfully expelled from the institute and public service as well because he was one of the signatures of the peace petition (Academics for Peace). Throughout his career, he gave courses and conducted research in various fields of urban studies and planning including planning theory and practice, urban politics and governance, local economic development and social movements. As an independent researcher and academic, he is continuing to give mind-opening lectures and to make leading research and publication in these fields.