Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz

Yesim Sungu-EryilmazAssistant Professor of Applied Social Sciences

PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MCP, University of Pennsylvania
BCP, Middle East Technical University

Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz trains the focus of her urban and regional planning research on sustainability—particularly those factors that influence the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of cities. A seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience and research contributions in the field of city planning and urban affairs, she has served as a consultant for numerous public and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Sungu-Eryilmaz first joined Boston University in 2011. She has taught at Brown University, where she was recognized with the Engaged Scholars Award in 2016, and has been a visiting scholar at Tufts University and a research associate at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass. Beyond urban sustainability, she specializes in planning for equity, urban economics, geographic information systems, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Sungu-Eryilmaz teaches in the Metropolitan College City Planning and Urban Affairs program, where she incorporates geographic information systems to city and regional planning lessons.

  • Urban Sustainability
  • Planning for Equity
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Urban Economics

  • MET UA 654 – Geographic Information Systems for Planners
  • MET UA 703 – Urban Research Methods
  • MET UA 704 – Urban Economics

Articles, Book Chapters, and Edited Books

Konak, Nahide, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Does Small Run-of-River Hydro Power Development in Turkey Deliver on its Sustainability Premise?” Society & Natural Resources 29, no. 7 (2016). DOI:10.1080/08941920.2015.1086459

Tasan-Kok, Tuna, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Exploring Innovative Instruments for Socially Sustainable Waterfront Regeneration.” In Transforming Urban Waterfronts: Fixity and Flow, edited by Gene Desfor, et al., (New York: Routledge, 2010).

“Town-Gown Collaboration in Land Use and Development.” Policy focus report. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass., 2009.

“Local and Nonlocal Geography of Technological Innovation in Developing Countries.” Projections—MIT Student Journal of Planning 7 (Spring 2008): 92–114.

Sungu-Eryilmaz, Yeşim, and Rosalind Greenstein. “National Study of Community Land Trusts (CLTs).” Working paper. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass., 2007.

Greenstein, Rosalind, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Recycling the City: The Use and Reuse of Urban Land.” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass., 2004.

Comfort, Louise K., and Yeşim Sungu. “Organizational Learning from Seismic Risk: The 1999 Marmara and Düzce, Turkey, Earthquakes.” In Managing Crisis: Threats, Dilemmas, Opportunities, edited by U. Rosenthal, A. Boin, and L. K. Comfort (Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 2001).

Comfort, Louise K., Yeşim Sungu, David Johnson, and Mark Dunn. “Complex Systems in Crisis: Anticipation and Resilience in Dynamic Environments.” Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 9, no. 3 (2001): 144–158.

Research Notes/Magazine Articles

Sungu-Eryilmaz, Yeşim, and Rosalind Greenstein. “Town-Gown Cooperation in Community Development.” Communities and Banking 21, no. 3 (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 2010): 8–11.

Greenstein, Rosalind, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Community Land Trusts: A Solution for Permanently Affordable Housing.” Land Lines 19, no. 1 (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2007).

Greenstein, Rosalind, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Recycling Urban Vacant Land.” Communities and Banking 17 no. 2 (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 2006): 18–20.

Greenstein, Rosalind, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Community Land Trusts: Leasing Land for Affordable Housing.” Land Lines 17, no. 2 (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2005).

Conferences and Lectures

Sungu-Eryilmaz, Yeşim, and Emily E. Earle. “How Does the Municipality-Based CLT vs. the Community-Based CLT Differ in Its Effectiveness?” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, February 24–28, New York, N.Y., 2012.

Konak, Nahide, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Water and Renewable Energy Policy: A case Study of Small Hydro Power (SHP) Development Conflict in Turkey.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, N.Y., February 24–28, 2012.

Konak, Nahide, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Framing Water: A Case Study of Small River-Based Hydro Energy Development Conflict in Turkey.” Paper presented at the 17th annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., May 8–10, 2011.

Sungu-Eryilmaz, Yeşim, and Rosalind Greenstein. “Foreclosure Prevention and Intervention Activities of Community Land Trusts.” Paper presented at annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C., April 14–18, 2010.

Sungu-Eryilmaz, Yeşim, and Rosalind Greenstein. “CBOs in Foreclosure Prevention and Intervention.” Paper presented at annual meeting of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Crystal City, Va., October 1–4, 2009.

Tasan-Kok, Tuna, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Challenges of Waterfront Development in European Cities: Any Room for Socially Innovative Instrument?” Paper presented at The Fixity and Flow of Urban Waterfronts, Hamburg, Germany, October 10–11, 2008.

Sungu-Eryilmaz, Yeşim, and Rosalind Greenstein. “Third Way Affordable Housing Instrument: Community Land Trusts in the United States.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Mass., April 15–19, 2008.

“National Status of Community Land Trusts in the United States.” Lincoln lecture. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Mass., 2007.

“The Role of Local and Nonlocal Networks in Building Innovative Capability in Developing Economies: A Comparative Case Study of Two Regions in Turkey.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Milwaukee, Wis., October 18–21, 2007.

“Alternative in Affordable Housing: Community Land Trusts and Inclusionary Housing.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Milwaukee, Wis., October 18–21, 2007.

Sungu-Eryilmaz, Yeşim, Rosalind Greenstein, and Harini Venkatesh. “What Can Planners Learn from Community Land Trusts (CLTs)?” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Kansas City, Mo., October 27–30, 2005.

Konak, Nahide, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Translating Theory into Policy: Environmental Sociology and Environmental Policy.” Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Washington, D.C., March 17–20, 2005.

“Beyond Locality: Mixed Innovation Networks in Newly Industrializing Countries.” Paper presented at Centennial Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, Pa., March 14–19, 2004.

“Linking Innovation Policy to Local and Global Context.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Washington, D.C., March 31–April 3, 2004.

Greenstein, Rosalind, and Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz. “Contextualizing Brownfield Redevelopment: The Importance of Local Economic Context for Brownfield Redevelopment in Underinvested Neighborhoods.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Washington, D.C., March 31–April 3, 2004.

Service and Professional Associations

Member, Best Practices Committee, National CLT Academy (2007–2011).

Alumna, Summer Institute in Economic Geography (2006).

Contributing editor, Journal of Public and International Affairs (2004).

American Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Association of American Geographers.