Dr. İmge Akçakaya Waite is a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She earned her PhD in the Urban Planning Department of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Luskin School of Public Affairs, with her dissertation titled “Planning, power, politics: Urban redevelopment in Istanbul.” During her years at UCLA, Dr. Akçakaya Waite took part in research projects at UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Studies, edited an annual issue of the Journal of Critical Planning, and worked on the special projects management team of the UCLA International Institute. As a faculty member of ITU where she has been affiliated since 2005, Dr. Akçakaya Waite has participated in UN-HABITAT and EU funded projects including the development plan of Prizren, Kosovo, and MATRA-REGIMA, which focused on institutional capacity building for a local municipality’s urban regeneration activities in Istanbul in collaboration with Dutch partners. Her research activities have resulted in numerous publications and dissemination activities. Among Dr. Akçakaya Waite’s recent fields of interest are decision-making mechanisms in urban redevelopment, cultural planning and impacts, pluralism, communication and public participation, and urban planning project organisation.