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Deniz Ay, PhD
Research Manager

Dr. Ay is a researcher specialized in urban development with an international focus. Her scholarship is situated at the intersection of planning, geography, and critical social theory, using case study and mixed methods. As a native of Turkey, she did her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University in Istanbul, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She received a Master of Science in Economic with a specialization on Economic Development from the London School of Economics. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Dr. Ay’s research interest concerns social and institutional aspects of urban development and planning to address basic human needs including housing, infrastructure, and services. She is also interested in how transnational planning processes shape the local development programs and citizen participation in planning. Currently, she is teaching at the Ohio State University City and Regional Planning Section. Her teaching covers international and community development; population displacement and transnational urbanism, and urban governance.