Zeynep Özçam is a City Planner and PhD candidate at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Zeynep is currently a CUSP visiting PhD at Middlesex University working on the transition towards circular cities with Dr Geraldine Brennan. Her research is focused on the governance of transition, with particular attention to how social, political and economic dynamics enable or constrain progress in the transition. She is using a comparative case study, based on London and Turkish city of Izmir, to understand the potential and constraints in different contexts in order to develop governance recommendations for how other developing countries could manage the transition to a circular economy.
Zeynep has a Masters in City Planning from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and a BSc in City and Regional Planning from Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey. During her masters, she specialised on the sustainable development of cities and low-carbon energy systems. Her thesis explored local opposition and conflict processes in sustainable energy transitions in rural areas in Turkey. In addition Zeynep holds a position as a Research Assistant at Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey. Her research interests are sustainable urban development, green economy and low-carbon transitions in cities.