Gül holds a PhD in Innovation and Governance for Sustainable Development from the University of Twente, an MSc degree in Integrated Assessment from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and BSc and MSc degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Her main research expertise is in actor-based and institutional policy analysis, focusing on politics, power and participation.
Gül is keen to improve the scientific and practical foundations of the political, institutional and behavioural dimensions of sustainability through transdisciplinary research on water, energy and land resources. She has been participating in and managing research, training and consultancy projects in Europe, North America, Middle East and North Africa, and acquired local experience in the Netherlands, Turkey, Palestine and the United States.
- Water and energy governance, with a focus on participation, power, gender and equity
- Water-energy-land nexus, with a focus on the governance of irrigation, wastewater and desalination
- Urban water governance, with a focus on climate resilience
- Transdisciplinary water research, with a focus on co-creation and communication of knowledge
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Gül is currently the country coordinator of the Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Programme on Water (PADUCO), the governance team lead of the CATCH project on urban climate resilience in the North Sea Region, and the editor of Fanack Water, an online media platform on water in the Middle East and North Africa Region.