Gulsah Akar is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and PhD Program Chair at the City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University (OSU). She also holds a courtesy appointment with the Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering Deportment at OSU.
Dr. Akar conducts research on transportation planning and policy with a focus on travel demand forecasting, travel behavior and links between land-use and transportation. Her latest research centers on new data collection technologies, shared mobility, autonomous vehicles, their deployment and implications. Her research has received grant support totaling $543,000 from Ohio Department of Transportation (3 research grants), Center for Aviation Studies, US Department of Transportation-Region V Regional University Transportation Center (2 grants), OSU’s Sustainable and Resilient Economy and Connect and Collaborate Programs. Dr. Akar is also the Editor of Journal of Planning Literature.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2009), with a focus in Transportation. She received her B.Sc. (2002) and M.Sc. (2004) degrees both from the Civil Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.