I am working on the REDUCE – Rethinking Everyday Plastics project as a part of my PhD at OsloMet, Department of Product Design. REDUCE is a research project, led by Consumption Research Norway at OsloMetropolitan University, that will look at plastics from a systems perspective and investigate how the consumption of plastic products in everyday life can be reduced.
I have a master's degree from the Department of Industrial Design at the Middle East Technical University (METU). I also worked as a research and teaching assistant in the same department for three years. My master's thesis, "Sustainable design implications for alternative food networks: A case on Güneşköy's community supported agriculture (CSA) model" explores the CSA model of an ecovillage initiative through the lenses of design for sustainability and social innovations, creative communities, and community-based design.
Academic Research Interests
Design for Sustainability, Sustainable Consumption, Systemic Design, Social Innovation, Product-Service-System Design, Design for Circular Economy, Alternative Food Networks
Özçelik, A. & Kaplan, A. (2021) Multiple Lives of The Products: An Investigation Of Products’ Journey in Freecycle Community. In E. Brandt, T. Markussen, E. Berglund, G. Julier & P. Linde (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Design Research Conference, (pp. 153-159).
Kaplan, A. & Yazirlıoğlu, L. (2021) Design for Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviours of the Georgian Domestic Workers in Ankara. In L. Di Lucchio, L. Imbesi, A. Giambattista & V. Malakuczi (Eds.), Design Culture(s) Cumulus Conference Proceedings, (pp. 2786-2799).
Yazirlıoğlu, L., Özçelik, A. & Kaplan, A. (2020). Hobi Grubu Türeticilerinin Duygusal Bağ Üretimindeki Rolü. In S. Turhan, M. Öztürk Şengül, D. Özgen Koçyıldırım (Eds.) UTAK 2020 Ulusal Tasarım Araştırmaları Konferansı (pp. 57-70). Ankara, Turkey
Kaplan, A., Andrews, S. & Wasti Pamuksuz, S.N. (2019). To Change or Not To Change – The Blue & Green Design Technology Company – A Case Study. The Case Centre, Cranfield University, UK. Ref: 419-0118-1; Teaching Note ref: 419-0118-8