Elif Öztekin

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Elif Erdoğan Öztekin is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture in Aalto University and a member of UrbanAcademy platform.  Elif has a background in architecture and design; and her expertise is in the field of design for sustainability transitions.

In her doctoral research, she tackled the agencies of design in leading sustainability transitions and societal change processes, by examining how and to what extent design practices facilitate learning. She did field research in several community initiatives across Europe that designed, built, and managed the transformation of their settlements with sustainability targets.

In her Urban Academy research project, she focuses on the in-situ practices of participatory urban planning and transition governance. She adopts transdisciplinary research principles and an action research methodology. In this direction, she utilizes an experimental approach in the pursuit of developing working methods for cities. While doing so, she collaborates closely with the cities, urban actors and local communities.

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Arts and Design, Aalto University

Award Date: 10 Jun 2022


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