She completed her BSc (in 1991) and MSc (in 1996) at the Department of Landscape Architecture of Çukurova University in Turkey. She earned her Ph.D. degree from Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation in 2002. Her research interests particularly focus on landscape planning, landscape management, natural resource analysis and management, planning of protected areas, ecotourism planning, and rural development.
She worked for a non-governmental organization (the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats -TEMA) (2004-2005), an international organization (United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies-UNU-IAS in Kanazawa, Japan) (2005-2007), and several national universities (the European University of Lefke and Cyprus Science University) (2008-August 2021). During this process, she participated in and/or carried out a range of research projects (e.g. European Union Life Project “Cukurova Delta Biosphere Reserve in Adana, Turkey” and “Landscape management, protection and planning in the region of Sugla Lake in Konya Province of Turkey”) that were financially supported by the national (the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization in Turkey) and international (the German Society for Technical Cooperation-GTZ) organizations. Prof. Dr. Çetinkaya Çiftçioğlu has published 3 books, 36 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and about 50 papers in relevant conferences. She is fluent in English and Russian.