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Akgün İlhan
Akgün İlhan
2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellow

akgunilhan@gmail.com

Akgün İlhan received her PhD in Environmental Sciences from the Institute of Science and Technology in Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, with a FI scholarship from the Catalan government. She completed her MA in Curriculum & Instruction in Hacettepe University and MSc in International Environmental Science in Lund University with a scholarship from the Swedish Institute. She holds a BSc in Landscape Architecture from Ankara University. She worked as a research associate under the supervision of Joan David Tàbara, in the EU-funded project “Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (MATISSE)” during her PhD studies.

After returning to Turkey, she worked at the Right to Water Campaign (Istanbul) between 2012 and 2018. She has given lectures in “Environment & Tourism” and “Sustainability from Environmental & Social Perspectives” in Boğaziçi University since 2017. She is the author of the book Towards a New Water Policy: Water Management, Alternatives and Recommendations (2011). She has written chapters and articles about water and climate crisis in Turkey in various books, newspapers, and magazines. She is also the producer of the radio program Su Hakkı, which aired from 2012 to 2018, and the ongoing program Sudan Gelen (since 2018) in Açık Radyo, Istanbul.

Project: “Tracing Possibilities of Urban Water Demand Management in the Climate Change Age in Turkey: Deriving Lessons from Istanbul and Berlin”

The increasing water demand of rapidly growing cities obliges many local authorities all around the world to expand their water supplies through building more hydraulic infrastructures (e.g., dams and inter-basin water transfer systems), often at high economic, social, and ecological costs. In the age of climate change, however, cities need to adopt water demand management (WDM) through measures of water conservation and efficiency. With its supply-side approach for dealing with water stress, Istanbul not only fails in climate change adaptation but also follows maladaptation strategies such as grabbing nearby cities’ rivers to secure water supply in times of drought. Berlin, on the other hand, has gradually built a more sustainable water management understanding through its closed-water-cycle approach, ensuring that all water consumed within the city comes from internal sources as well as other WDM strategies.

This study compares the two cities within their national contexts in order to discover what climate change adaptation policies and actions they have developed for urban water management with a particular focus on WDM. The study aims to open a constructive debate on how Turkey can adopt more climate-conscious measures benefitting from WDM, drawing on the German experience.

The Problem of Access to Water from the Perspective of COVID-19 and Proposed Solutions

2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellow Akgün İlhan’s policy brief “The Problem of Access to Water from the Perspective of COVID-19 and Proposed Solutions (COVID-19 Penceresinden Suya Erişim Meselesi ve Çözüm Önerileri)” was published in May 2020.

Click here to download the document.

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Akgün İlhan ve Ayşe Köse Badur

Kentlerin Türkiyesi'nde Su Yönetimi

Salgın ve Toplum - "Türkiye'de Kuraklık ve İklim Krizi"

5 January 2020

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Akgün İlhan and Ferdi Akarsu

Sulak Alanlardan Kentlere Kuraklık

Climate Café Talks 12 – Access to Water from the Perspective of COVID-19 and Policy Recommendations

The twelfth in the Climate Café Talks series took place with 2019/20 Mercator IPC Fellow Akgün İlhan’s talk on “Access to Water from the Perspective of COVID-19 and Policy Recommendations (COVID-19 Penceresinden Suya Erişim Meselesi ve Çözüm Önerileri)” on June 17, 2020.

"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Salgın Döneminde İklim, Enerji, Gıda ve Su"

May 18, 2020

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye" with Akgün İlhan and Baran Alp Uncu

Pandemi Gündeminde Kentte İklim ve Su Krizi

Welcoming of the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows

We welcome our 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows, Andrea Weiss, Sinan Erensü, Ellen Kollender, Akgün İlhan, and Gökçe Uysal.

Andrea Weiss | Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railroad: Geopolitical Imagery and Turkey’s Role in the EU’s Europe-Asia Connectivity

Sinan Erensü | When Locals Generate: Limits and Potentials of Energy Cooperatives for a Democratic Energy Transition

Ellen Kollender | Voices of Civil Society Actors on Inclusive Education in Times of Forced Migration: Case Studies in Germany and Turkey

Akgün İlhan | Tracing Possibilities of Urban Water Demand Management in the Climate Change Age in Turkey: Deriving Lessons from Istanbul and Berlin

Gökçe Uysal | Refugees’ Integration into the Labor Market: What Can Turkey and Germany Learn from Each Other?

Climate Café Talks 12 – Access to Water from the Perspective of COVID-19 and Policy Recommendations

The twelfth in the Climate Café Talks series took place with 2019/20 Mercator IPC Fellow Akgün İlhan’s talk on “Access to Water from the Perspective of COVID-19 and Policy Recommendations (COVID-19 Penceresinden Suya Erişim Meselesi ve Çözüm Önerileri)” on June 17, 2020.

Please click here to watch the webinar.

Please click here for more information about the Climate Cafe Talks.

The Welcoming of the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 21, 2019 at Soho Istanbul.  The event began with welcoming remarks by Fuat Keyman, followed by remarks from Michael Schwarz, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Atila Eralp, and Michael Thumann. The welcoming remarks were followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows Akgün İlhan, Andrea Weiss, Ellen Kollender, Gökçe Uysal, and Sinan Erensü.