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Dr Ayse Ozbil Torun

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Ayse Ozbil Torun Senior LecturerDr. Ayşe Özbil Torun received her B.Sc. (2000) and M.Arch (2002) degrees in Architecture from Yıldız Technical University and Middle East Technical University respectively. She obtained her Ph.D. (2010) degree in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology with dissertation titled “Walking to the Station: The Effects of Street Connectivity on Walkability and Access to Transit”.  During her Ph.D. studies she taught architectural design studio for 4 consecutive years at Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture. Before joining Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer, Dr. Özbil Torun worked at Okan University Department of Architecture as an assistant professor and at Özyeğin University as an Associate Professor between 2010 and 2013 and between 2013 and 2017 respectively. She currently teaches at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, including Architectural History & Theory, Design studio, and PhD and MSc supervision.  


Dr. Ozbil Torun`s research interests mainly lie in the fields of spatial modeling and urban form analysis using space syntax techniques. Her work is directed towards pedestrian-friendly neighborhood and street design strategies enhancing active transportation in cities. Her recent studies have focused on walkability and obesity, transit-oriented planning, and design of sustainable cities. Dr. Özbil Torun has been a member of the editorial board of Urban Design International since 2012, and her work has been published nationally and internationally.


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  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Entropy and a sub-group of geometric measures of paths predict the navigability of an environment, Yesiltepe, D., Fernández Velasco, P., Coutrot, A., Ozbil Torun, A., Wiener, J., Holscher, C., Hornberger, M., Conroy Dalton, R., Spiers, H. 1 Jul 2023, In: Cognition
  • Multidimensional attributes of neighbourhood quality: A systematic review, Gocer, O., Wei, Y., Ozbil Torun, A., Alvanides, S., Candido, C. Nov 2023, In: Heliyon
  • Walking alone or walking together: A spatial evaluation of children’s travel behavior to school, Ryberczyk, G., Ozbil Torun, A., Yesiltepe, D., Argin, G. 1 Nov 2023, In: Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science
  • Children’s route choice behaviour: Comparing the actual and metrically shortest routes for active school travel , Michail, N., Ozbil Torun, A., Parnell, R., Seo, K. 12 Aug 2022, Proceedings of the 13th International Space Syntax Symposium 2022
  • DE-PASS Best Evidence Statement (BESt): Modifiable determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents aged 5-19 years– A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis, Khudair, M., Marcuzzi, A., Ng, K., Tempest, G., Bartoš, F., Peric, R., Maier, M., Beccia, F., Boccia, S., Brandes, M., Cardon, G., Carlin, A., Castagna, C., Chaabene, H., Chalkley, A., Ciaccioni, S., Cieślińska-Świder, J., Čingienė, V., Cortis, C., Corvino, C., de Geus, E., Di Baldassarre, A., Di Credico, A., Drid, P., Fernandez Tarazaga, R., Gallè, F., García Sánchez, E., Gebremariam, M., Ghinassi, B., Goudas, M., Hayes, G., Honorio, S., Izzicupo, P., Jahre, H., Jelsma, J., Juric, P., Kolovelonis, A., Kongsvold, A., Kouidi, E., Mansergh, F., Masanovic, B., Mekonnen, T., Jarle Mork, P., Murphy, M., O'Hara, K., Ozbil Torun, A., Palumbo, F., Popovic, S., Prieske, O., Puharic, Z., Ribeiro, J., Rumbold, P., Sandu, P., Sorić, M., Stavnsbo, M., Syrmpas, I., Van Der Ploeg, H., Van Hoye, A., Vilela, S., Woods, C., Wunsch, K., Capranica, L., MacDonncha, C., Ling, F. 20 Sep 2022, In: BMJ Open
  • Neighbourhood design and identification of objective built environment features supportive of children’s mental wellbeing, Ozbil Torun, A., Severcan, Y., Defeyter, M., Bingol, H., Akin, Z. 20 Jun 2022, Proceedings of the 13th International Space Syntax Symposium, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • THE EFFECT OF USING TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS ON URBAN NAVIGATION: A mixed-methods study on wayfinding behaviour in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, Wilkinson, M., Ozbil Torun, A. 8 Jun 2022, Proceedings, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Children’s Active School Travel: Examining the Combined Perceived and Objective Built-Environment Factors from Space Syntax, Ozbil, A., Yesiltepe, D., Argin, G., Rybarczyk, G. 2 Jan 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Children’s Experiences of Their Journey to School: Integrating Behaviour Change Frameworks to Inform the Role of the Built Environment in Active School Travel Promotion, Michail, N., Ozbil, A., Parnell, R., Wilkie, S. 8 May 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Computer models of saliency alone fail to predict subjective visual attention to landmarks during observed navigation, Yesiltepe, D., Ozbil Torun, A., Coutrot, A., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H., Conroy Dalton, R. 2 Jan 2021, In: Spatial Cognition and Computation

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Architecture Media Politics and Society: Global Health Conference – Environments by Design: Health, Wellbeing, and Place 2021
  • Publication Peer-review: Environment & Planning B (Journal) 2018
  • Publication Peer-review: Heliyon (Journal) 2018
  • Publication Peer-review: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (Journal) 2018
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Transport and Health (Journal) 2018
  • Publication Peer-review: METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture (Journal) 2016
  • Editorial work: Urban Design International (Journal) 2012

  • Heba Sarhan Architectural Space and The Reproduction of Domestic Ideals: Negotiating Contemporary Domesticity in The Tyneside Flat Start Date: 31/10/2019 End Date: 21/01/2022
  • Demet Yesiltepe The relationship between wayfinding performance, spatial layout and landmarks in virtual environments Start Date: 31/10/2019 End Date: 19/07/2021

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