Dr. Ozbakir is a full Professor at City and Regional Planning Department at Yildiz Technical University, Turkey. She has received her B.Sc. degree from City and Regional Planning from METU in 1998. In 2001, she completed her masters degree in GGIT (Geodetic & Geographical Information Technologies) with the thesis: “Monitoring Urban Land Cover/Use Changes through GIS and RS Integration: A Case Study in Elmalı Catchment Area”. She has received her PhD from University of Ottawa, Canada, with the thesis: “A New Model for Quality of Urban Places: Integration of Objective and Subjective Indicators Using Information Technologies” in 2006. Between 2001-2004, she worked for two international projects 1. “Evaluation of Socio-economic Profile of Iranian Immigrants in Canada” funded by UOttawa and Embassy of Iran; 2. “Quality of Life: An Analysis in the Neighborhoods of Inner-city of Montreal” funded by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). She was a GIS specialist and worked for the “Greenbelt Protection Plan of Ontario” at the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing between 2004-2006.
Currently, she is the director 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”. She is also one of the researchers in an EU JPI-Urban ERA-NET funded project towards energy efficient lifestyles for smart communities. Her specialization fields are:
- Urban Geography
- Planning in the Information Age & Urban Innovation
- Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Remote Sensing
- Inclusive Cities and Migrant Integration
- Quantitative Analysis Methods
- Digital Divide
- Energy Efficient Urban Planning & Quality of Place
She has completed research projects funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and also be an active member of the Council as referee. She retains memberships in APA, IEEE, CAG and has been engaged in editorial boards of many conferences and journals.