Prof. Dr. Tuna Taşan-Kok
I am an urban social geographer and planner. After graduating from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir with cum laude, I went on to complete a M.Sc. in Regional Planning at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1996. I was awarded various scientific funds from Turkish, Polish, and Hungarian institutions, and I worked as a research fellow at the Polish and Hungarian Academy of Sciences until 2000. I received a Ph.D. in Social Geography on the topic of ‘Budapest, Istanbul, and Warsaw: Institutional and Spatial Change’ from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan van Weesep in 2004. I was awarded a FURS (Foundation for Urban and Regional Research) Grant and a SYLFF (The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) Grant during my Ph.D. Subsequently I took up researcher and lectureship positions at the University of Leuven (2005-2007), TU Delft, OTB Research for the Built Environment (2007-2015), and University College Roosevelt (2011-2014), before taking up my current position in the Department of Human Geography, Urban Planning and International Development at the UvA in September 2015. In February 2018 I was appointed as Professor of Urban Governance and Planning at the UvA Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences.