Bilge Çakır received her Bachelor's degree from Ankara University, Department of Landscape Architecture in 2001 and graduated as a Landscape Architect. She completed her PhD thesis titled “Urban Coastal Settlements: Implementation of a Coastal Area Assessment Model in Iskenderun Case” in 2010 and graduated from METU. She worked as a research assistant at METU Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning between the years 2002-2011. She worked as a doctor research assistant at the Department of City and Regional Planning in Selcuk University, Faculty of Architecture between 2011 and 2014. Meanwhile she completed her post-doc research on “Establishing National Spatial Planning System and Strategy, and Definition of Integrated Coastal Zone Management within this Scope” at METU. She has been working as an assistant professor and head of the department in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Hatay Mustafa Kemal University. She is married, mother of a son and currently lives in Antioch/Hatay.
Dr. Çakır's research interests include planning and integrated management of coastal areas, ecological planning, urban geography, urban disaster risks and management, sustainable development, natural resource planning and management, urbanization and environmental issues, environmental impact and risk assessment, and land-use planning.