Ayda Eraydin is Professor at Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She has PhD in Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Post-Graduate Study in London School of Economics and BCP-MCP in Urban and Regional Planning from Middle East Technical University. She served as visiting scholar in INTAN, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) Tokyo, Japan. She has involved various European Union funded actions and projects; such as COST Actions “European city-regions in an age of multi-level governance – reconciling competitiveness and social cohesion?” “Small and Medium Enterprises, Economic Development, and Regional Convergence in Europe” ; URBAN-NET projects “Sustainable Land Use Policies for Resilient Cities” and “Urban Tourism and Climate Change”. Her areas of interests are urban planning, local development, spatial organization of production and clustering. She has published various books and papers mainly on the impact of neoliberal policies on urban areas with a special emphasis on city regions, social capital social cohesion, urban governance and sustainable urban and regional development. She is the founding member and Chair of Urban and Regional Research Network.