Dr Ender Peker

Ender 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 the face of climate change.

He holds a PhD in Planning from the University of Reading, UK, and a MSc degree in Urban Design from Middle East Technical University. He has conducted different research projects on different aspects of climate change at different institutions including Istanbul Policy Center, Middle East Technical University and the British Institute at Ankara.

He has also been involved as a visiting scholar at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space in Germany, the Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University and the Department of Planning and Landscape at the University of Manchester in the UK. 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.


Education

  • 2016 PhD, Real Estate and Planning – University of Reading
  • 2010 MSc, Urban Design – Middle East Technical University
  • 2007 BA, City and Regional Planning – Middle East Technical University

Related Professional Appointments

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow | The British Institute at Ankara (2020 – present)
  • Lecturer (PT) | Department of City and Regional Planning, Çankaya University (2019 – 2020)
  • Mercator-IPC Research Fellow | Istanbul Policy Center – Sabancı University (2018 – 2019)
  • Lecturer (PT) | Department of Architecture, Özyeğin University (2018 – 2019)
  • Post-doctoral Researcher | Middle East Technical University (METU) (2017 – 2018)
  • Lecturer (PT) | Department of City and Regional Planning, Gazi University (2017 – 2018)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow | The British Institute at Ankara (2016 – 2017)
  • Lecturer (PT) | Department of City and Regional Planning, METU (2017 – 2018)
  • Teaching Assistant | Department of City and Regional Planning, METU (2010 – 2014)

Other Qualifications

  • Visiting Research Fellow – Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Germany (2019)
  • Visiting Research Associate – Urban Design Group, Oxford Brookes University (2011)
  • Exchange Student – School of Planning and Landscape, University of Manchester (2005)

Publications

Books and Book Chapters

  • Peker, E. and Ataöv, A. (Forthcoming) Challenges of Translating National Climate Change Strategies into Local Action. In E. Peker and A. Ataöv (Eds.) Governance of Climate Responsive Cities, the Urban Book Series, Springer, the Netherlands.
  • Ataöv, A. and Peker, E. (Forthcoming) Co-designing Climate Action through Participatory Planning. In E. Peker and A. Ataöv (Eds.) Governance of Climate Responsive Cities, the Urban Book Series, Springer, the Netherlands.
  • Peker, E. and Ataöv, A. (Forthcoming) Local Climate Action Planning: A Guidebook for Local Authorities / Belediyeler için İklim Değişikliği Rehberi, Institute of Urban Studies: Ankara.
  • Ataöv, A. and Peker, E. (Forthcoming) Children and Environmental Design: A Guidebook for Local Authorities / Belediyeler için Çocuk ve Çevre Tasarım Rehberi, Institute of Urban Studies: Ankara.
  • Peker, E. (2011) Climatology for Urban Space Production / Klimatolojinin kentsel mekan üretimindeki yeri, In A. Eraydın et al. (eds.) Planlamanın Dünü, Bugünü, Yarını: Planlamada Yeni Söylem Arayışları, Ankara, pp. 15-27

​Journal Articles

  • Peker, E. (Forthcoming) Exploring Locally-emerged Design Solutions for Thermal Comfort: A Socio-technical Assessment, Space and Culture.
  • Peker, E. (Forthcoming) An Urbanism Challenge: Provision of Thermal Comfort in Changing Climate / Bir Şehircilik Problemi: Değişen İklimde Termal Konforu Sağlamak, Journal of Planning.
  • Peker, E. (2020) Rethinking the Production of Urban Built Environments in the Face of Climates Change, Urban Research and Practice, Volume 13 (4), pp. 465-471.
  • Peker, E. and Ataov, A. (2019) Exploring the ways in which campus open space design influence students’ learning experiences, Landscape Research, Volume 45 (3), 310-326.
  • Caruso, N.; Hammami, F.; Peker, E. & Ugur, L. (2016) Differences and Connections: Beyond Universal Theories in Planning, Urban and Heritage Studies, Urban Research & Practice, Volume 9 (2), pp. 219-224.
  • Caruso, N.; Hammami, F.; Peker, E.; Tulumello, S. and Ugur, L. (2014) Cities that talk: urban resistance as challenges for urban planning, Urban Research & Practice, Volume 7 (3), pp. 354-358.

​Other Publications

  • Serin, B. and Peker, E. (2019) Retrofitting existing housing stock to achieve CO2 reduction targets, Heritage Turkey, Magazine of British Institute at Ankara, Volume 9, pp. 23-24.
  • Peker, E. and Aydin, C. I. (2019) Cities in the face of Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Local Authorities / Değişen İklimde Kentler: Yerel Yönetimler için Azaltım ve Uyum Politikaları, Policy Brief, İstanbul Policy Center.  
  • Peker, E. (2017) A participatory analysis workshop: Bringing stakeholders together to identify major urban problem areas in Rize, Heritage Turkey, Volume 7, pp. 23-24.
  • Peker, E.and Serin, B. (2011) Urban Project for the Historical National Park of Tory and the Environs. In O. Çalışkan (Ed.) Catalogue.01 METU Master of Urban Design, METU Faculty of Architecture: Ankara, pp. 128-133.
  • Peker, E. (2015) Understanding the Challenges of Introducing Climate Responsive Urban Development in the city of Mardin, Heritage Turkey, Volume 5, p.7.
  • Peker, E. (2014) Learning from the Past: Exploring the clues of climate responsiveness in the vernacular urban pattern of Mardin, Heritage Turkey, Volume 4, pp. 7-8.

Research Projects

  • (2020- ongoing) Exploring the Contemporary Challenges of Urban Water Management in İstanbul
  • (2020- ongoing) Searching for Pathways of Sustainable Water Management in the Konya Plain
  • (2019-2020) Retrofitting Existing Buildings for CO2 Reduction in Scotland and Turkey
  • (2018-2020) Assessment of Local Climate Action Plans in Turkish Cities
  • (2016-2018) Challenges of Climate Responsive Urban Design in the Context of Black Sea Climate
  • (2012-2016) Provision of Thermal Comfort in a Hot and Arid Climate, Mardin 

Invited Lectures and Talks

  • Guest Speaker (2020) – “Cities and Health in the face of Heat Waves”, YouTube Broadcast by Medyascope
  • Guest Lecturer (2020) – “Spatial Planning and Climate Change”, Online training program for local municipalities organized by Yereliz Association, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Guest Speaker (2019) – “Transportation Planning in Climate Responsive Cities”, Transportation Congress organized by the Metropolitan Municipality of İstanbul, Turkey 
  • Guest Speaker (2019) – “Designing Cities in the face of Climate Change”, Urban Disasters Workshop organized by the Metropolitan Municipality of İstanbul, Turkey
  • Guest Speaker (2019) – “The Role of Local Authorities in Local Climate Action” Radio Broadcast by Open Radio (Açık Radyo 94.9), Istanbul, Turkey
  • Guest Panellist (2019) – “City Life in Climate Change Era” organized by Bilgi University, Turkey, Talk Title: “Designing the future cities”  
  • Guest Speaker (2019) – “Production of Climate Responsive Urban Built Environments Radio Broadcast by Open Radio (Açık Radyo 94.9), Istanbul, Turkey
  • Guest Lecturer (2019) – “Climate Change and Cities”, Summer School organized by the Center for Spatial Justice, Turkey 
  • Opening Speech (2019) – “Designing Climate Responsive Cities”, Water Storage Workshop organized by the General Consulate of the Netherlands
  • Guest Lecturer (2018) – “Climate and Urbanization”, Department of City and Regional Planning, Istanbul Technical University
  • Guest Lecturer (2018) – “Conducting research on open space: methods and techniques”, Department of City and Regional Planning, Istanbul Technical University
  • Guest Panellist (2017) – “Place, Localism and Memory” panel organized by Çankaya University, Turkey, Talk Title: “The significance of local knowledge in climate responsive urban design”
  • Public Lecture (2016) – Organized by the British Institute at Ankara, Lecture Title: “Urban Heritage site as an open lab”
  • Guest Lecturer (2014) – for “Comparative International Planning Studies”, University of Reading, Lecture Title: “Turkish Planning System and Heritage Conservation”
  • Guest Lecturer (2013) – Workshop on “Regeneration Politics”, University of Reading

​Organised Conferences and Workshops

  • 2020 – II.  Climate Responsive Urbanism Conference: Unpacking Water & Energy in Cities, Online
  • 2020 – 7th Symposium of Urban and Regional Research Network, Online  
  • 2019 – Production of Climate Responsive Urban Built Environments, 22-24 May 2019, Istanbul, Turkey  
  • 2015 – 9th YA Annual Conference, Differences and Connections, Palermo, Italy
  • 2015 – 6th Symposium of Urban and Regional Research Network, İzmir, Turkey 
  • 2014 – 8th YA Annual Conference, Cities that Talk, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2014 – AESOP PhD Workshop 2014, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 2014 – 5th Symposium of Urban and Regional Research Network, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2013 – AESOP PhD Workshop 2013, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 2013 – 4th Symposium of Urban and Regional Research Network, Mersin, Turkey
  • 2012 – 3th Symposium of Urban and Regional Research Network, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2011 – 2th Symposium of Urban and Regional Research Network, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2010 – 1st Research Conference of Urban and Regional Research Network, Ankara, TR

Contact Details

Email: ender.peker@biaa.ac.uk

Telephone: 00 90 312 427 54 87 

Address: The British Institute at Ankara
Atatürk Bulvarı 154, Çankaya, Ankara TR-06690, Turkey 


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