Osman Balaban is a professor of urban planning at Middle East Techinal University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. He holds a Ph.D. in City Planning from METU (2008); and an MS in Urban Policy Planning from METU (2000). Dr. Balaban worked as a postdoctoral researcher at United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Yokohama, Japan between 2009 and 2012. His research and teaching interests include urban politics, environmental politics and policies, climate change, low-carbon and climate resilient urbanism, urban regeneration and relationship between construction industry and urban development. Dr. Balaban has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited books.