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Academic background

Gül Aktürk is a the Department of Architecture at TU Delft in the Netherlands. Her Ph.D. research deals with the impacts of climate change on rural built heritage. Her research interest lies in the intersection of climate change and cultural heritage. Prior to starting her Ph.D. research, Gül has worked in several architectural conservation, restoration projects, and archaeological excavations for over 5 years. She holds MSc in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh in the UK with a master's thesis titled "The Conservation of Ottoman Era Neighborhoods in Istanbul: A Case Study of Arnavutköy, Besiktas." She is a member of the ICOMOS Netherlands and the Centre for Global Heritage and Development under heritage& environment. As a recent Ph.D. candidate, she attended conferences, symposiums, and presentations in the field of heritage preservation.

Research interests

My research interests are climate adaptation and climate narratives of cultural heritage, climate-displacement and intangible cultural heritage, management of cultural heritage.

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 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

The Conservation of Ottoman Era Neighbourhoods in Istanbul: A Case Study of Arnavutkoy, Besiktas, University of Edinburgh

15 Sept 201231 Jul 2013

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

BArch Architecture , Bahcesehir University (BU)

1 Sept 200630 Jun 2011

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011


  • NA Architecture
  • Architecture History
  • Heritage
  • Climate adaptation
  • Vernacular
  • Conservation
  • Architecture
  • planning history


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