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Istanbul Technical University - Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul, Turkey
Özlem Er (born in 1966) is a professor at the Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Industrial Product Design. From 1996 to 2000 she was a lecturer at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, from which she also received her BID and MSc degrees. She completed her PhD at the Manchester Metropolitan University, Institute of Advanced Studies (UK). She has carried out many studies on design management and was instrumental in introducing design management teaching at post-graduate level in Turkey. In addition to her academic work, she has played an active role in the promotion of industrial design in Turkey, for example as a board member and chairperson of the Industrial Designers Society of Turkey. She is also a board member of the European Academy of Design (EAD). She ran projects such as Mapping Design in the context of Creative Istanbul and she has published many papers and books, both in Turkey and internationally. (February 2016)