Yaşar Adnan Adanalı is Istanbul based urbanist, researcher and lecturer. He has a BA in social and political sciences from Sabanci University and a master’s degree on development and planning: social development practice from Development Planning Unit, University College London (UCL). His PhD research in Habitat Unit (TU Berlin) is on relations of spatial production and democratisation processes in Istanbul. Until June 2012, Yasar had worked as a development specialist for Stuttgart University on refugee camp improvement projects of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). At the moment, he teaches participatory planning courses at TU Darmstadt as guest professor. He is a voluntary member of One Hope Association (Istanbul). Yasar has co-initiated the urban research network Beyond Istanbul (beyond-istanbul.org). He coordinates several urban blogs and websites, including his personal blogs Reclaim Istanbul (reclaimistanbul.com) and Happy City (mutlukent.wordpress.com).