Aysegul Yilmaz, PhDemail: email@example.com
Aysegul received her Ph.D. degree in 2012. Throughout her studies, she has developed an interest in local/rural socioeconomic development strategies that focus on environmental protection, natural and cultural resources management and livelihoods. Her dissertation, entitled "Evaluating the Impacts of Top-down Protected Area Governance on Local Livelihoods – The Case of the Turkish Village of Kap?k?r?," looked into the positive and negative impacts of strict protected area designation on the livelihoods and socioeconomic well-being of inhabitant communities; how these impacts are distributed across different community groups; and whether protected area designation compensates for any loss of income by increased tourism. To find answers to her research questions Aysegul conducted a case study in a Turkish village in the southwest of Turkey. Her study found that an inflexible, to changing circumstances non-adaptive legal framework of protected area governance with less regard for the rights of local communities resulted in illegal activity that harmed the integrity of park resources, and lead to a significant income gap among community groups.
Aysegul is from Ankara, Turkey. Prior to moving to the U.S. she worked as a science and technology policy analyst, and earlier as a science journalist for the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Aysegul also has early private sector experience. In addition to her Ph.D. degree, she holds a bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering and a master's degree in Science and Technology Policy Studies from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara.
Aysegul Yilmaz, PhD
Urban Studies and Planning Program
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
University of Maryland