Gulsah Akar

Gulsah Akar is a Professor and Ph.D. Program Chair at the City and Regional Planning (CRP) Section of the Knowlton School. She holds a courtesy appointment with the Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering Department (CEGE). Professor Akar conducts research on transportation planning and policy with a focus on travel demand forecasting, travel outcomes, sustainable mobility, equity and access.

Professor Akar’s research has received grant support totaling $1.1 million from various sponsors including Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), NSF and internal sources. 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. 


  • N. Chen, G. Akar, S. Gordon and S. Chen (2020) “Where do you live and what do you drive: Built-environmental and spatial effects on vehicle type choice and vehicle use”, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15568318.2020.1762950
  • 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:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102751
  • 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: https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X20911705
  • 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, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11116-019-10069-9
  • 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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.11.013