Perver Baran, Ph.D.
Perver Baran is a faculty member and a faculty fellow in the Center for Geospatial Analytics in the College of Natural Resources, as well as an affiliated faculty with the College of Design’s Ph.D. program. She has taught doctoral and master’s level courses in the areas of geospatial analytics, computer cartography, research methods, and research paradigms. Perver holds a professional degree in architecture from University of Kiril & Methodij, Skopje, Yugoslavia, and a Masters and PhD in Urban Planning from Istanbul Technical University.
Perver’s current research interests include understanding how natural and built environments contribute to active living, health, quality of life, and sustainability. In particular, her most recent research has utilized GIS, space syntax, and immersive virtual environments (IVE) to understand how urban, neighborhood, and open space environments support neighborhood resilience, physical activity, park use, safety, and mental restoration.
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Ph.D. in Urban Planning Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Master of Urban Planning Istanbul Technical University, Turkey (graduated with Honor given to the most successful student)
Bachelor of Architecture University of Kiril i Metodij, Skopje, Yugoslavia (graduated with Chancellor’s Honor given to the most successful student)
Area(s) of Expertise
Urban design and health, urban and neighborhood spatial structure, immersive virtual environments, GIS, community engagement
Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Modeling restorative potential of urban environments by coupling viewscape analysis of lidar data with experiments in immersive virtual environments (2020)
- Neighborhood Dynamics and Long-Term Change (2020)
- An exploratory study of perceived safety in a neighborhood park using immersive virtual environments (2018)
- Can trail spatial attributes predict trail use level in urban forest park? An examination integrating GPS data and space syntax theory (2018)
- Exploring perceived restoration potential of urban green enclosure through immersive virtual environments (2018)
- Spatial distributions and use patterns of user groups in urban forest parks: An examination utilizing GPS tracker (2018)
- Urban park pathway design characteristics and senior walking behavior (2017)
- Do configurational attributes matter in context of urban parks? Park pathway configurational attributes and senior walking (2016)