Zeynep Gunay is associate professor of urbanism and Vice President of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of Istanbul Technical University [ITU]. Her major areas of interests are urban conservation and urban renewal theories and policies. Through her scholarly works, she questions the vicious relationship between conservation vs reproduction of space with reference to neoliberal urban agenda; and she explores heritage with a particular focus on critical narratives based on heritage and memory industry, heritageisation, conflict heritage and inclusive conservation. She also investigates diverse dynamics in the transformation of urban systems, politics of urbanisation vs urbanisation of politics, urban society in voluntary and involuntary exclusion, public space and everyday life, with a specific interest upon the developing world.
Within her fifteen years of academic and professional career in ITU, she also serviced as a visiting lecturer and module coordinator in various international platforms including Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Institut D’urbanisme de Grenoble, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Technische Universität Darmstadt, and Tor Vergata. She has several international and national research and implementation projects including Prizren Municipal Development Plan under the supervision of UN-Habitat and UNESCO/WHC supported Istanbul Historic Peninsula Conservation Project, which was awarded a Medal in Europa Nostra Awards. Currently, she participates in Horizon 2020 MSCA-RISE Project on Art, Culture, Economy to Democratize Society. She was awarded with the Routledge Prize Honourable Mention, Emerald Literati Network Outstanding Reviewer and Gerd Albers Award. Apart from her a decade old activism in ISOCARP -which started as a YPP, she is the member of ICOMOS and ACHS, two leading networks on heritage studies.