Özgün Özçakır is an architect by training and specialized in the preservation field. He received his Ph.D. degree from Graduate Program in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, METU (Ankara, Turkey) with his thesis entitled "In-Between Preservation and Economics: Establishing Common Ground Between Socio-Cultural and Economic for the Sustainability of Urban Heritage Places in Turkey." The dissertation was awarded as the “Best Thesis of the Year” by METU due to its contribution to sustainable development.
Dr. Özçakır is currently a post-doc researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam, School of History, Culture and Communication, Department of Arts and Culture Studies. He has attended multi-disciplinary international meetings as a speaker, which are organized by Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Association of Cultural Economics International, Columbia GSAPP, BTU Cottbus, and TU Delft. He is a member of ICOMOS Turkey, and his research interests include economics of cultural heritage, “heritage-led” place branding, values of cultural heritage, heritage impact assessment (HIA).