Layik Topcan

Layik is a town planner with over 30 years of experience in the field. Her expertise covers crucial aspects of town planning, such as sustainable development, heritage planning, planning law, and EU policy on the environment. Between 2005 and 2011, Layik was involved in the approximation process of EU Environmental policy, as a member of the Change Management Working Team. In 2005, she qualified via a course on European Union Environmental Acquis and became an RTP expert under the EU’s TAIX programme. She has been involved in various spatial planning projects as a town planner or a team leader. For example, she was Chief Planner in the Kyrenia conservation project and Team Leader in the Famagusta and Karpas peninsula planning projects. In 2004 Layik was granted a Chevening Scholarship to participate in a gender research study at Oxford University. In 2000 she was granted a Fulbright scholarship to study Management of Natural Resources and Historical Heritage. She graduated from the City and Regional Planning Department at Middle East Technical University in Ankara in 1979. Layik collaborates with civil society, specifically with NGOs focused on the environment and bicommunal work. She has served as a member of executive boards and has been a chairperson on the Chamber of Town Planners in northern Cyprus.

Language(s): English, Turkish


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