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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. 

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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30 September 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.

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

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.

06 July 2020

Webinar Series: “Salgın ve Toplum”

Istanbul Policy Center's webinar series “Salgın ve Toplum” is broadcast every Monday 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.

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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30 March 2020

Deadline Extended - Call for Applications: 2020/21 round of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program

The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative invites academics, journalists, and professionals to apply for the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program. The deadline for 2020/21 fellowship applications is extended to April 27, 2020, 18:00 (EEST). The fellowship begins on September 1, 2020.

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01 March 2020

Senem Aydın-Düzgit has been admitted as a Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE)

Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Senior Scholar and the Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator at Istanbul Policy Center and an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabancı University, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE). YAE is a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, scientific exchange and science policy; providing input and advice towards shaping European-wide science policy. Nominations for membership of the YAE are made by the National Science Academies, where membership is awarded by a unanimous decision of the Selection Committee and the Board of the YAE.