Gulsah Akar is a Professor of City and Regional Planning (CRP) at The Ohio State University (OSU). She holds a courtesy appointment with the Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering Department (CEGE). Professor Akar conducts research on sustainable urban mobility. Her work led to various research projects and publications, from investigating built environment and travel connections using state of the art data collection technologies, to measuring access and equity, demographic differences in travel outcomes, and adoption of new mobility technologies. 

Professor Akar’s research has received grant support from various sponsors including Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), NSF and internal sources. She serves as the Transportation Track Co-Chair of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and acts on multiple Transportation Research Board Committees. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. She is currently the Editor of Journal of Planning Literature. Professor Akar is currently a faculty research lead at OSU’s Sustainability Institute (SI), providing direction for research on Smart and Resilient Communities across the university. She is the Ph.D. Program Chair of her unit, City and Regional Planning at OSU. 

Professor Akar received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees both from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (Underline indicates an advisee at the time of manuscript submission.)

  • B. Ozbilen, K. Wang and G. Akar (2021) “Revisiting the Impacts of Virtual Mobility on Travel Behavior: An Exploration of Daily Travel Time Expenditures”, Transportation Research Part A, Vol. 145, pp. 49-62
  • G. Pae and G. Akar (2020) “Effects of Walking on Self-Assessed Health Status: Links between walking, trip purposes and health”, Journal of Transport and Health, Vol. 18,

  • K. Wang, G. Akar, K. Lee and M. Sanders (2020) “Commuting patterns and bicycle level of traffic stress (LTS): Insights from spatially aggregated data in Franklin County, Ohio”, Journal of Transport Geography, Volume 86, DOI:
  • K. Wang and G. Akar (2020) “Will Millennials Drive Less as the Economy Recovers: A Post Recession Analysis of Automobile Travel Patterns”, Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER), DOI:
  • K. Wang and G. Akar (2019) “Effects of neighborhood environments on perceived risk of self-driving: evidence from the 2015 and 2017 Puget Sound Travel Surveys”, Transportation, Vol. 46. 6, pp. 2117-2136
  • Y. Park and G. Akar (2019) “Why Do Bicyclists Take Detours? A Multilevel Regression Model Using Smartphone GPS Data”, Journal of Transport Geography, vol. 74, pp. 191-200. DOI: