Merve Aki

Urban Mobility Manager, WRI Türkiye Sustainable Cities


Merve Akı is Urban Mobility Manager at WRI Türkiye Sustainable Cities. She works to improve public space and public life in Istanbul.

Previously, Merve worked as a researcher at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University on a project entitled “Urban Regeneration Processes and their Socio-Economic and Physical Impacts on the Gecekondu Neighbourhoods of Sarıyer District”. She also worked at The Building Information Centre as an editor for a daily news portal with updated information sources for urban planners, architects, and the building sector. She has additional experience with using GIS for for spatial analysis of socio-economic issues around the Middle East and Black Sea region with Ilke Planning Office.

Merve also engaged in extra-curricular activities related such as Street Belongs to Us, an NGO focused on human-centered cities and streets; and Solidarity Studio, an NGO focused on urban transformation.

Merve received a Bachelor's Degree in City and Regional Planning from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning at Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.


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