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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: urbanclimate@sabanciuniv.edu

The submission deadline is November 23, 2020.

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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 ipcadmin@sabanciuniv.edu and umit.sahin@sabanciuniv.edu.

Please click here for the Terms of Reference about the study.

10 July 2020

The Tale of Eight Cities: New Localism and New Middle Classes in Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman and Berrin Koyuncu-Lorasdağı's book The Tale of Eight Cities: New Localism and New Middle Classes in Turkey (Sekiz Kentin Hikâyesi: Türkiye’de Yeni Yerellik ve Yeni Orta Sınıflar) was published in June 2020 with Metis Kitap.

30 June 2020

Syrian Textile Workers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case for Closer Cooperation between Turkey and the EU

2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellow Jannes Tessmann’s policy brief “Syrian Textile Workers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case for Closer Cooperation between Turkey and the EU” was published in June 2020.

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06 May 2020

A Fumbling or an Enabling European Union: Envisioning Multilateralism in a Post-Corona World

2019/20 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp and Director Fuat Keyman’s policy brief “A Fumbling or an Enabling European Union: Envisioning Multilateralism in a Post-Corona World” was published in May 2020.

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