Yaşar Adnan Adanalı is an Istanbul based urbanist, researcher and lecturer. He is the co-founder and director of the Center for Spatial Justice (MAD). Yaşar has a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Sabanci University (Istanbul) and a Master's degree in Development and Planning from UCL (London). His PhD research in Habitat Unit (TU Berlin) is on the urban transformation of informal areas in Istanbul and urban grassroots movements. Yaşar worked as a development specialist in informal communities in the Dominican Republic and for Stuttgart University on refugee camp improvement projects. He teaches on the Participatory Planning course at TU Darmstadt as a visiting lecturer since 2010. He coordinates the Urban Political Ecology Summer School at MAD. Yaşar is a voluntary consultant to Düzce Hope Homes, the first participatory mass-housing project in Turkey.