As a city and regional planner from Turkey, Gül Tuçaltan obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2006 from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. Right after graduation, she worked as a research and teaching assistant at METU for about 3.5 years. In the meantime, she earned her M.S. degree in the Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments Department, METU. Then she spent a year in the Urban Systems programme at NJIT, Newark, New Jersey, where she got another Master’s degree. Afterwards, in Turkey, she worked in national and international organizations for almost three years, especially on projects with an environmental focus. Since January 2014, she is a scholarship holder, PhD candidate and a project assistant at TU Darmstadt. Her research focuses on the relationship between urbanization and changing urban waste management practices in Ankara, Turkey.