Dr. Karakaya Ayalp; city planner and Assistant Professor at City and Regional Planning Department at İzmir Democracy University, Turkey. Received B.Sc. degree from City and Regional Planning from METU in 2007. Completed Urban Design Master Programme with the thesis: “Construction of the Republic in City Space: From Political Ideal to Urban Planning Principles” at METU in 2010. Got PhD degree with the thesis: “Agro Food System Transitions? Exploring Alternative Agro Food Initiatives in İzmir, Turkey” at İzmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) in 2016. Worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Dept. of City and Regional Planning at IZTECH between 2009-2016 and at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University between 2016-2018. Currently working as an Assistant Professor at İzmir Democracy University.

Engaged in a Scientific Research Project on urban planning history in Turkey at the Early Republican Period between 2009-2011, a TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) project on revitalisation of shrinking cities between 2012-2013 and a project for Urla Municipality on urban development strategies and priorities for Urla in 2013. Currently, she is the coordinator of an interdisciplinary team through a research project titled as: “A New Perspective on the Processes of Adaptation and Integration of Urban Refugees: A Social Innovation Experiment Aimed at Building Inclusive Cities”. Her specialization fields are:

  • Urban Planning History

  • Urban Design

  • Alternative Agro Food System, Networks and Initiatives

  • Sustainability Transitions

  • Rural Development

Retains memberships in AESOP Young Academics, Rural Research Network (RRN), Urban and Regional Research Network (URRN) and UCTEA Chamber of City Planners.

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