Gül Aktürk is a Ph.D. candidate at the TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, Chair of History of Architecture & and Urban Planning. She is an architect and specialist in cultural heritage preservation. Her research project is titled: "Impact of Climate Change on the Rural Built Heritage in the Eastern Black Sea Region in Turkey: The case study of Fındıklı in Rize." Her research deals with the impacts of climate change on vernacular heritage at the urban, landscape, and building scales in the selected case area. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Arctic Institute for the period of 2020-2021. As part of her fellowship, she is analyzing climate narratives of Arctic and Non-Arctic regions comparatively.
Prior to her Ph.D., she worked in several restoration projects including an archaeological site for five years in Istanbul in Turkey. She did MSc in Architectural Conservation with the thesis “The Conservation of Ottoman Era Neighbourhoods in Istanbul: A Case Study of Arnavutkoy, Besiktas” at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is affiliated with ICOMOS NL and ICOMOS-IFLA. She is also in the editorial staff of the European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes and reviewer of the Heritage journal. She has authored papers in the International Journal of Intangible Heritage and in the process of publishing for the Journal of Environmental Sciences and Studies, Historic Environment: Policy and Practice on the themes of climate migration, and climate resilience. She presented her research at the Sea Change Conference, Vernacular Narratives Symposium, ICOMOS Advisory Committee Scientiﬁc Symposium, SPECTRUM 2020 2nd Digital Session of European Youth Parliament Turkey, and LDE-Heritage International Conference on Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals in 2019 which she participated in the organization.
- Gül Aktürk & Stephan Hauser, 'Detection of disaster-prone vernacular heritage sites at district scale: The case of Fındıklı in Rize, Turkey', in: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 58 (2021).