11 July 2021
HDI/SDG Initiative for Best Practices Experience Sharing Platform
In cooperation with INGEV, IPC launched the HDI/SDG Initiative for Best Practices Experience Sharing Platform on 8-9 July 2021. The platform aims to found an extensive medium for the municipalities to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.
On the first day of the event, we hosted representatives from UNDP Turkey, UCLG-MEWA, EBRD Turkey, World Bank Turkey, the Lord Mayor of Mannheim, and the Director of Agenda of 2030 of Barcelona with high-level participation from CSOs, the private sector, academia and public institutions working on SDGs. The main topics discussed were the new trends in urbanization, the aim and scope of SDGs for cities, and best practices from Mannheim and Barcelona.
On the second day, we hosted 10 metropolitan municipalities to discuss their good practices on localizing SDGs. These municipalities also got higher places in the Human Development Index-Metropolitan Municipalities.
Please click here to watch the first day of the event.
Please click here to access the program.
18 May 2021
Conference on Climate Responsive Urbanism II: Water in Cities
The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative cordially invites you to the Conference on Climate Responsive Urbanism II: Water in Cities on May 21, 2021.
This year’s conference traces cities’ potential in responding to the challenges in the access, use and management of water in the face of climate change. Rather than relying on techno-managerial answers or bidding on market solutions, the conference aims at exploring these issues in a holistic manner, considering social, cultural, political, governmental, technical, and financial aspects of how urban settings serve in climate preparedness.
The “Climate Responsive Urbanism” conference series aims at bringing international academics working on climate change in a shared platform as well as bridging the academia with urban planning practice. We would be delighted to invite you to this discussion. Please find the program and the conference poster attached.
The online event will be held in English, and there will be no translation.
Please click here to join the Opening Remarks & Keynote Speech & Session I
08 March 2021
İPM-İKV-TEPAV ORTAK ÇAĞRISI: Türkiye “Yeşil Dönüşüm”e Uyumda Geç Kalmamalı
İstanbul Politikalar Merkezi (İPM), İktisadi Kalkınma Vakfı (İKV) ve Türkiye Ekonomi Politikaları Araştırma Vakfı (TEPAV), Avrupa Yeşil Mutabakatıyla birlikte küresel gündemde ağırlığını gittikçe artırmaya başlayan Yeşil Dönüşüm konusunda tespitlerini sıraladıkları bir çağrı metni ile Türkiye’nin “Yeşil Dönüşüm”e Uyumda Geç Kalmaması gerektiğini vurguladılar.
Türkiye’nin en büyük ihracat pazarı olan Avrupa Birliği (AB)’ndeki Yeşil Mutabakat gündemini değerlendiren kurumlar, dönüşümün AB ile sınırlı kalmadığının, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri (ABD)’nin Paris Anlaşmasına dönmesiyle ve sayıca artan net sıfır emisyon hedefleriyle birlikte ekonomik ve finansal sistemin küresel düzeyde de değişime uğrayacağının altını çizdiler.
Yeşil Mutabakatla uluslararası rekabetçiliğini güçlendirmeyi hedefleyen Batı karşısında Türkiye’nin, sürece aktif olarak dahil olması gerektiğini dile getiren kurumlar, rekabet gücünün yitirilmemesi, olası kayıpların azaltılması ve orta-uzun vadede rekabet gücünün artırılabilmesi için bir an önce harekete geçilmesinin bir zorunluluk olduğuna dikkat çektiler.
İPM, İKV ve TEPAV kapsayıcı bir çözüm tasarımında iş birliği yapacaklarını açıklarken Türkiye'nin kendi geleceği için ve kendi tercihiyle öncelikli olarak atması gereken adımları aşağıdaki gibi sıraladılar:
1) Türkiye, 2016 yılında ilk imzacıları arasında yer aldığı Paris İklim Anlaşması’nı onaylamalıdır. Bu ilk adım, Türkiye'nin küresel düşük karbonlu ekonomiye geçiş gündemi içerisinde ciddi bir aktör olarak yer alma iradesini ortaya koyması açısından önem taşımaktadır.
2) 2015 yılında Birleşmiş Milletler İklim Değişikliği Çerçeve Sözleşmesi (BMİDÇS) sekretaryasına sunulan emisyon azaltımına yönelik Niyet Edilen Ulusal Katkı Beyanı (INDC) güncel koşullar altında ve gerçekçi bir şekilde güncellenmelidir.
3) AB’nin Türkiye’nin en önemli ihracat pazarı olduğunu ve Gümrük Birliğinin güncellenme sürecini de dikkate alarak, yeşil mutabakatın getirdiği meydan okumalara cevap verebilmek için sanayi, enerji, tarım ve ticaret politikaları yeşil dönüşüm perspektifinden gözden geçirilmelidir. Söz konusu dönüşümde AB ile senkronize bir yol haritası çıkarılmalı ve izlenmelidir.
Çağrı metnine erişmek için tıklayınız.
*Bu çağrı metni İPM, İKV ve TEPAV ortaklığında kaleme alınmıştır.
22 November 2020
Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows
We welcome our 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding and Özge Geyik.
Please click here to watch the introductory video.
Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı | The "Green New Deal for Turkey" to Tackle The Climate Crisis
David Samuel Williams | How National Adaptation Plans Can Address and Consider Vulnerable Communities
Elena Dück | International Cooperation in Education: A Cornerstone of Sustainable Foreign Policy
Jan Schierkolk | Promoting Civic Participation in EU-Turkish Municipal Cooperation
Karolína Augustová | Violent Impacts of EU's Externalization Politics on Refugees' Everyday Mobility in Turkey
Michael Kaeding | Turkey’s (Enhanced) Engagement in EU Agencies: A Potential Membership Substitute Mechanism in a Differentiated European Union
Özge Geyik | Climate Change and Nutritional Sustainability: Aligning Climate Change, Food Production and Public Health Nutrition Targets
20 November 2020
Webinar Series: “Salgın ve Toplum”
Istanbul Policy Center's webinar series “Salgın ve Toplum” is broadcast every Tuesday at 15:00. This webinar series focuses on finding solutions together for the problems during the pandemic process, analyzing possible common ground, and exchanging ideas based on academic research.
Please see the media section to access the episodes.
19 October 2020
The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows
The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 19 at The Seed. The event began with welcoming remarks by Yusuf Leblebici, followed by remarks from Fuat Keyman and Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Fellow Senem Aydın-Düzgit. The speech was followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding, and Özge Geyik.
06 October 2020
Medyascope: “Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?”
The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative’s Medyascope program, “Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” moderated by Pelin Oğuz, was broadcast every Thursday at 17:00.
Please see the media section to access the episodes.
01 October 2020
Call for Papers: Climate Responsive Urbanism: Unpacking Water and Energy in Cities
The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative would like to announce the Call for Papers for the 2nd International Conference on “Climate Responsive Urbanism: Unpacking Water and Energy in Cities,” which will take place virtually on May 21–22, 2021.
This year’s conference traces cities’ potential in responding to the climate crisis by focusing on two critical fields that local governments must reimagine and rework: water and energy. While cities are expected to operate within the parameters of national strategies on water and energy, cities’ close work with local communities award them a surprising amount of control over these sectors, offering considerable room for innovation, experimentation, and citizen participation. Yet, rather than relying on techno-managerial answers or bidding on market solutions, we propose to understand climate responsive cities in a holistic manner, considering social, cultural, political, governmental, technical, and financial aspects of how urban settings serve in climate preparedness.
We welcome applicants from all research fields related to climate responsive urbanism. The conference will provide an international and interdisciplinary knowledge-exchange platform for scholars from different disciplines and countries.
Applicants are invited to submit:
An extensive abstract of 800 to 1,000 words (in English), including the theoretical framework, empirical findings, methodological approach, and main contributions to the field. The abstract should be sent to the following e-mail address: email@example.com
The submission deadline is November 23, 2020.
Click here for more information.
07 September 2020
Reconceptualising European Power in an Era of Turmoil: Contestation, Relevance and Sustainability (RENPET)
Sabancı University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been awarded a new project as a partner under the European Commission's Jean Monnet Network Programme. The project where Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, will be working as a partner, is funded under the Jean Monnet Network Activities of the Erasmus Plus Programme. The project, "Reconceptualising European Power in an Era of Turmoil: Contestation, Relevance and Sustainability" (RENPET), will focus on fostering global cooperation and academic dialogue in the research on European foreign policy. The project includes 11 partners from 9 different countries and is coordinated by Leiden University. The project team at Sabanci University also includes Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç alongside Senem Aydın-Düzgit.
10 July 2020
Call for Researchers: A Modelling Study for the Project “Decarbonization Pathways for Turkey”
Istanbul Policy Center announces the Call for Researchers for the modelling study of the project on “Decarbonization Pathways for Turkey.” This project aims to provide a projection for the long-term decarbonization of the Turkish economy with a particular focus on the power sector. The relevant decarbonization pathway will aim to contribute to global emissions reduction efforts, according to the global carbon budget of 1.5–2°C set out in the Paris Agreement, based on the principles of equity and compliance.
The outcomes of this study will be used in a policy report that will be prepared by Istanbul Policy Center at Sabancı University. The study is due to be completed six months after the research has begun.
Applicants are invited to submit their letter of intention, technical proposals regarding data and methodology, and CVs of all members of the study team. The deadline for the application is extended to July 30, 2020. Please send your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Please click here for the Terms of Reference about the study.