Dr. Gökçe Sanul held a Ph.D. degree in Human Geography at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Prior to joining the Izmir University of Economics, she worked as a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Urban Studies of the University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Sanul’s earlier research was concerned with the spatialization of the cultural industries with a particular interest in the institutional view on the relationship between cultural industries and urban transformation.

Connecting geography, cultural studies, and urban sociology, Gökçe Sanul’s recent research has focused on the sociospatial dynamics of cultural productions, and specifically on the ways in which these dynamics shape public spaces and urban citizenship practices.

Passionate about bridging the gap between academics and society, Gökçe Sanul has a long-standing involvement in creating output beyond academia to enable more sustainable and inclusive cities. She participated in Izmir’s Cultural Economy Compendium research project, which was used in Izmir’s 2014–15 Strategic Development Plan of Izmir Development Agency; and conducted research for the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts’ policy report on Cultural Planning for Local Authorities distributed to 39 local and one metropolitan municipality in Istanbul (2016). Currently, Dr. Sanul works as a researcher in the Slow Neighborhood Project of the EKOKENT Research Centre, realizing in collaboration with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.