Fatma Ünal pursued her PhD in 2008. She was appointed as a professor in 2021. In addition, she completed her master's degree in curriculum development in education. So far, she has published many national and international articles, books, book chapters, and proceedings. She has also conducted projects in social studies education, ecological sustainability, citizenship education, curriculum development, lifelong learning, and teaching materials such as textbooks. She still serves as a lecturer at Bartın University in the Faculty of Education.