Ayşegül Can is an urbanist and scholar from Turkey. She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a master’s degree from Istanbul Technical University. Since 2018, she has been working as a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in Istanbul Medeniyet University. Can has a strong commitment to social justice and the development of socially-sustainable cities. Her choice of PhD topic was motivated by concern for the poor, mainly minority-ethnic, residents of the historic neighbourhoods in Istanbul, particularly those subjected to state-led gentrification.