Ender Peker
2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellow

Ender Peker is an urbanist specializing in climate responsive urban design, in particular the ways in which the built environment is co-designed by technical rules, regulations, and codes that seek to order urban life in deference to inhabitants’ socio-ecologic values. Ender holds a PhD in Real Estate and Planning from the University of Reading, UK, and a MSc degree in Urban Design from Middle East Technical University (METU). He completed undergraduate courses in city and regional planning at METU and economics at Anadolu University, Turkey. He has been a visiting scholar at the Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University and the Department of Planning and Landscape at the University of Manchester.

Before his fellowship, Ender worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) and Middle East Technical University. His research interests cut across the following themes: (i) urban design and the built environment, (ii) climate responsive design and architecture, and (iii) governance of sustainable urban development. He has lectured in various courses including “basic design principles,” “urban planning studio,” “research methods and techniques,” and “participatory planning and design” in different departments of Middle East Technical University, Gazi University, and University of Reading.

“Producing Actionable Knowledge to Achieve Climate Responsive Urban Development in Turkey

Although decision-makers involved in urban development have started to recognize the severity of the impact of urban built environment on climate, a sufficient level of action has yet to be achieved particularly at the local level. The failure to act is due to the lack of (1) appropriate approach, mechanisms, and methods for climate responsive urban space production and (2) the willingness of urban decisions-makers to initiate a change in the current urban development system. Within this context, publication of the Turkish National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) introducing a set of strategies for future urban development, stands as a promising initiation. However, previous research reveals that the NCCAP falls in short in terms of guiding the possible way(s) that can be implemented within the existing urban development system in Turkey, where the municipal authorities are the key actors in the production of urban space with their power to coordinate actions among different stakeholders and enable (or disable) community involvement with policy programs. This research aims to explore the experienced challenges in translating national level strategies into local level urban development practices. Through conducting action research, the project also aims to create a positive change in the number of municipalities who have included climate change in their urban agendas.

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