Professor Aslıgül Göçmen's primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of urban environmental sustainability, the role of planners in promoting environmental stewardship, and the application of spatial analysis and geographic information science and systems in urban, environmental and regional planning. She holds a joint appointment at URPL and UW Extension Community, Natural Resources, and Economic Development Program as a GIS Specialist.
Aslı teaches a course on environmental planning and another on GIS for Planners. Her current research involves an investigation of barriers to the effective use of GIS in planning among local and regional governments in Wisconsin and an investigation about environmental merits of open space conservation subdivisions in Southeast Wisconsin. She is also involved in several collaborative research efforts in the general area of environmental sustainability, which include an investigation of factors that influence farmers' land management practices in the Midwest.
Professor Aslı (pronounced as: äsla) Göçmen received a Ph.D degree in Urban, Technological, and Environmental Planning at the University Of Michigan in 2006. She holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in planning from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and the University of Cincinnati respectively. She has practiced professionally as a planner and GIS specialist in local and regional planning offices in the metropolitan Cincinnati area.
Göçmen, A. and P. Rynish. (eds.) 2015. Web-based GIS Applications for Planners: A Practical Reference (2nd volume). Extension Report 15-01. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin – Madison / Extension.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2014. Exploring Land Developer Perspectives on Conservation Subdivision Design and Environmentally Sustainable Land Development. Environmental Management. 54 (5): 1208-1222.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2014. Assessing the Environmental Merits of Conservation Subdivision Design. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 34 (2): 203-220.
Göçmen, Z. A., A. Jacobson, and K. Van Gilder. (eds.) 2014. A Handbook of Web-based Environmental Geospatial Data for Wisconsin’s Planners (3rd volume). Extension Report 14-04. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin – Madison / Extension.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2013. GIS Use in Public Planning Agencies: Extension Opportunities. Journal of Extension. 51 (4).http://www.joe.org/joe/2013august/a5.php
Göçmen, A., Jacobson, A., and K. Van Gilder (eds.) 2013. A Handbook of Web-based Environmental Geospatial Data for Wisconsin’s Planners, 2nd edition. Extension Report: 13-02. University of Wisconsin – Madison / Extension.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2013. Barriers to Successful Implementation of Conservation Subdivisions Design: A Closer Look at Land Use Regulations and Subdivision Permitting Process. Landscape and Urban Planning. 110: 123-133. Linked at:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204612003003
Göçmen, A. and A. Levine. (eds.) 2012. Web-based GIS Applications for Planners: A Practical Reference. Extension Report 12-02. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin – Madision / Extension.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2011. A New GIS-based Toolkit to Help Planners and Developers with Sustainable Land Planning. Land Use Tracker. 11 (3): 5-6.
Göçmen, Z. A. and J. Gao. 2011. Assisting with Ecological Land Planning: Introducing the Conservation Subdivision Ecological Design and Site Assessment Toolkit. Journal of Extension. 49 (4). http://www.joe.org/joe/2011august/tt8.php
Prokopy, L. S, Göçmen, Z. A., Gao, J., Allred, S. B., Bonnell, J. E., Genskow, K., Molloy, A. and R. Power. 2011. Incorporating Social Context Variables into Paired Watershed Designs to Test Nonpoint Source Program Effectiveness. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 47 (1): 196-202. Linked at:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00508.x/full
Göçmen, Z. A. and S. J. Ventura (2010). Barriers to GIS use in Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association. 76(2): 172-183
Göçmen, Z. A. and K. Van Gilder (eds.) 2010. A Handbook of Web-based Environmental Geospatial Data for Wisconsin's Planners. University of Wisconsin-Madison / Extension.
Göçmen, Z. A., Ventura S. J., and A. Seeboth. 2010. Geospatial Data Issues in Wisconsin Public Planning Agencies. Cooperative Extension Publications. G3872-03.
Göçmen, Z. A., Ventura S. J., and A. Seeboth. 2009. GIS Training: A Guide for Wisconsin Public Planning Agencies. Cooperative Extension Publications. G3872-02.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2009. GIS Use in Planning in Wisconsin's Public Agencies. Proceedings of the International Conference of Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2009. Relationships between Residential Development and the Environment: Examining Resident Perspectives. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 29(1): 54-66.
Göçmen, Z. A., Ventura, S. J, and A. Seeboth. 2008. GIS Use in Wisconsin’s Public Planning Agencies. Cooperative Extension Publications. G3872-01.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2007. Mapping (Census Data) Using ArcGIS. Perspectives on Planning, 7 (2): 1-6. Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin – Madison / Extension.
Göçmen, Z. A. 2007. "Accessing and Viusalizing Census Data Using ArcGIS." Perspectives on Planning, 7 (1).
Göçmen, Z. A., Glazer, T. N., Levine, J., and S. Underwood. 2000. Job Express: Employers’ Perspectives. Working Paper. Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory, University of Michigan.
Conservation Subdivisions in Southeastern WisconsinAslı is leading an investigation about the environmental merits of conservation subdivision design. The study examines environmental merits of conservation subdivisions built in Waukesha County, WI between 1990-2005 and involves a comparative analysis of conservation and conventional subdivisions built during the same period.
The research team has developed a GIS-based toolkit to help design and assess conservation subdivisions. The toolkit is available at no cost to interested planners and developers at the following link: Download GIS-Based Toolkit. If you have any questions or suggestions about the toolkit, have trouble projecting your data layers for the Site Assessment component, or cannot use compressed files, please contact Aslı at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIS Use for Planning in Wisconsin Aslı has lead an effort to evaluate the use of GIS in Wisconsin’s public planning agencies. The study emphasizes the investigation of the challenges to the effective use of GIS in these agencies. As of Fall of 2010, four publications from this study are available. If interested, please see Aslı’s list of publications to access these documents.
Aslı is colloborating with partners on other research studies as mentioned below:
-Using Social Indicators to Improve Water Quality in the Midwest (http://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/gl/index.php)-Teaching kids ecological thinking and planning through epistemic games (for more info on epistemic games at UW, please see: http://coweb.wcer.wisc.edu/eg)
URPL 622: GIS for Planners
Fall 2014 Syllabus
This course introduces students to the broad theoretical and conceptual background of GIS and GIScience; explores planning-related GIS data, analytical tools, and issues; and gives students basic, hands-on experience using GIS software.
URPL 841: Planning for the Ecological City
Spring 2012 Syllabus
This course is designed to familiarize students with ecological processes; strategies for “designing with nature”; planning responses to environmental problems in the United States; and geospatial environmental data and technologies in order to analyze issues related to ecological land development.