Dr., Research Associate, RWTH Aachen University
Ceren Sezer is a Research Associate and co-coordinator of the International Master Programme Transforming City Regions at RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Urban Design. She holds a PhD and an MSc in Urbanism from Delft University of Technology and a BArch in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University. Her research interest includes livability and sustainability of public spaces, urban form and social life of the public realm, and spatial justice. She is the author of Visibility, democratic public space and socially inclusive cities (2020) and co-editor of several special issues and books including, Marketplaces as Urban Development Strategy, Public Space and Urban Justice, The Politics of Visibility in Public Space, Spatial Justice in Urban Studies and Planning education (forthcoming), Marketplaces: movement, representation and practices (forthcoming) and The Design of the Public Realm - Emerging Theories and Practices (forthcoming).
Before academia, Ceren practised as an architect and urban designer in Turkey, Cyprus and the Netherlands. In 2010, she co-founded the working group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures under the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). She co-ordinated the Group's meetings and workshops in Helsinki, Vienna, Ankara, Bucharest, Istanbul, Utrecht, Glasgow, Ljubljana, Lisbon, Beirut, Nicosia and Amsterdam. Besides her academic work, Ceren worked as an expert and curator for the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), International Rotterdam Biennale of Architecture and Public Space Biennale in Roma. She has been invited speaker to the National University of Singapore, ETH Future Cities Laboratory, Cardiff University, Luzern University Applied Science and Arts, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.