Dr. Deniz İkiz Kaya holds a B.Arch. degree and a M.Sc. degree in Architecture - Historic Conservation obtained from the Istanbul Technical University upon the completion of her Masters dissertation on the ITU Macka Armoury Building in 2010. She was later awarded a Ph.D. degree by the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University in 2017, and her doctoral research which focused on the management of global heritage cities, was awarded three fellowships and was shortlisted for two prestigious awards. In the meanwhile, she worked as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and combined research, teaching and consultancy practices in Istanbul and Oxford. Since 2017, Dr. İkiz Kaya has been working as a Lecturer in Architectural Conservation, Regeneration and Design at Ozyegin University. Her current research focuses on the management of historic urban landscapes located within global cities with a new focus on heritage management practices within an Islamic context. This research is planned to be published as a research monograph by the end of 2019. She has also worked in other international collaborative research projects and widely published on the broader topics of contested heritage, identity building and heritage protection specifically in the Eastern Europe and Middle East regions.