Gül Aktürk

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PhD Candidate

Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning, Delft University of Technology

Gül Aktürk is an architect and a specialist in cultural heritage preservation. As part of her research, she deals with the impacts of climate change on vernacular heritage at the urban, landscape, and building scales in the Eastern Black Sea Region in Turkey. 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. Her work has received international recognition from NGOs such as the Climate Heritage Network and The Arctic Institute. She presented her research at COP26 and gave a lecture for the COP26 lecture series organized by the Scottish Civic Trust on heritage, equity, and the climate crisis. She also participated in 2022 World Monuments Watch Nominations as a reviewer. She is an associate member of ICOMOS-IFLA ISCCL, ISC Water and Heritage, and Climate Heritage Network.

Last publications:
Aktürk, G., & Fluck, H. (2022). Vernacular Heritage as a Response to Climate: Lessons for future climate resilience from Rize, Turkey. Land, 11(2), [276]. https://doi.org/10.3390/land11020276

Aktürk, G. (Author). (2022). Investigating the Barriers to Building Climate Adaptation of Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites in Polar Regions. Web publication/site, The Arctic Institute. https://www.thearcticinstitute.org/investigating-barriers-building-climate-adaptation-cultural-natural-heritage-sites-polar-regions/

Yerli, D., Aktürk, G., & Dolgun, E. (2022). A New Shipping Canal for Istanbul? Water, History, Economy and ‘Crossroads’. https://www.portcityfutures.nl/news/a-new-shipping-canal-for-istanbul-water-history-economy-and-crossroads

Hauser, S. J., & Aktürk, G. (2022). Investigate past polluting activities on public health and land uses. Cities, 123, [103599]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2022.103599

Aktürk, G., & Dastgerdi, A. S. (2021). Cultural Landscapes under the Threat of Climate Change: A Systematic Study of Barriers to Resilience. Sustainability, 13(17), [9974]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179974

Aktürk, G., & Hauser, S. J. (2021). Detection of Disaster-Prone Vernacular Heritage Sites at District Scale: The Case of Fındıklı in Rize, Turkey. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 58, [102238]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102238

Aktürk, G., & Lerski, M. (2021). Intangible Cultural Heritage: A Benefit to Climate-Displaced and Host Communities. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 11(3), 305-315. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-021-00697-y

Aktürk, G. (Author), & Hauser, S. J. (Author). (2021). Blue Paper #5: Sea snot as a visible sign of climate change. Web publication/site, Port City Futures. https://www.portcityfutures.nl/news/blue-paper-5-sea-snot-as-a-visible-sign-of-climate-change

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