Dr. Orhan Özçatalbaş
Dr. Orhan Özçatalbaş graduated from Çukurova University Agricultural Faculty at Adana, Turkey in 1986 and completed his PhD in Agricultural Economics in the same institution in 1994. He joined to the Akdeniz University at Antalya in 1998 as an assistant professor of agricultural economics and promoted to professorship in 2011. Dr. Özçatalbas concentrated his work in the field of rural extension and development starting with his MSc and PhD studies, and ICT in agriculture, and rural tourism and development. He has been as a visitor scientist for Postdoc, in Leibniz Hannover University, Institute of Horticultural Economics (Institut für Gartenbau ökonomie), 1999-2000. Dr. Özçatalbaş’s research was focused on the information systems and rural development, and rural energy policy. Dr. Özçatalbaş is a member of the Turkish Agricultural Economics Association, and Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, Society of Agricultural Economics, Scientific Committe Member of the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA). Dr Özçatalbaş is also an editor of the International Journal of Rural Tourism and Development (IRTAD, http://www.turizmvekalkinma.org/ ). He has around 100 papers in national and international journals, as well as 6 book chapters and 2 books. Within the scope of his professional project experience; such as project writing and management, project consultancy, project coordinator for rural development, agricultural policy, extension and organic marketing in national and international projects (TÜBİTAK, EU, FAO etc.).