Dr. Ömer Selvi has got his BSc degree from City and Regional Planning from Dokuz Eylül University in 1998. He completed the master thesis titled ‘Efficiency Analysis of İzmir Metro in its Current State’ in 2002 in İzmir Institute of Technology. In 2009, from the same institute he has received his PhD, with the thesis titled ‘Traffic Accident Predictions Based on Fuzzy Logic Approach for Safer Urban Environments, Case Study: İzmir Metropolitan Area’. Between 2009 and 2012 he worked as a post-doc researcher for the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen in Joint Research Centre of European Commission in Ispra, Italy. In between 2014 and 2015 he worked as a consultant for the Municipality of Kyrenia (Cyprus), for the Transportation Master Plan of the Kyrenia Urban Region.
In 2015, when the number of the refugees in İzmir has reached its peak, a solidarity project called ‘Kapılar’ has been emerged from ruins of an abandoned garbage house in Basmane district. Selvi is one of the founder members of the project Kapılar and has been volunteering since the beginning. Since 2016, he has been an active member of the humanitarian NGO WatchTheMed Alarmphone.
Currently, he is involved in a research project supported by TÜBİTAK (Technological Research Council of Turkey) and titled as: “A New Perspective on the Processes of Adaptation and Integration of Urban Refugees: A Social Innovation Experiment Aimed at Building Inclusive Cities”.