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Özge Geyik
Özge Geyik
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow

Özge Geyik is a PhD candidate at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Australia, focusing on sustainable and nutrition-sensitive food systems. Having a joint MSc degree in industrial ecology from Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Graz, her research interests include sustainability indicators and assessments, nutritional sustainability, systems thinking, climate change mitigation and adaptation in land-based systems, and industrial and social ecology principles applied to global environmental challenges. She was involved in scientific research projects on crosscutting issues such as the impacts of climate change on agriculture and farmers’ autonomous adaptation strategies. As part of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, she also has professional experience in consultancy projects on carbon markets in addition to civil society engagement.

Project: “Climate Change and Nutritional Sustainability: Aligning Climate Change, Food Production and Public Health Nutrition Targets”

Global food systems, as social-ecological systems consisting of biophysical, social, and political factors, are at the core of all dimensions of sustainability. First, food supply chains have a substantial share in global greenhouse gas emissions. Secondly, the co-existence of the triple burden of malnutrition—hunger (calorie deficiency), overweight/obesity (excess calories,) and hidden hunger (micronutrient deficiency)—has become more prevalent. This is a manifestation of that fact that, despite growing production and supply volumes, current food systems do not serve human nutritional needs. Being among the top ten producers of agricultural commodities by gross production value, the energy intensity of agricultural production in Turkey has been on the rise, with a 75% increase in agricultural GHG emissions. Yet, there are no concrete plans to reverse this trend. Turkey’s population also exhibits persistent iron deficiency and a steady increase in the prevalence of overweight citizens and obesity. Thus, the double burden of malnutrition poses a substantial threat.

With an interdisciplinary approach involving climate science, agronomics, and public health and nutrition, this project aims to assess options for expanding nutrition-sensitive and sustainable food systems in Turkey. This project will generate new knowledge on (i) Turkey’s fair share in climate responsibility as a result of Turkish agricultural practices, (ii) pro-sustainability public health and nutrition, (iii) the impacts of climate change and nutrition security in Turkey, and (iv) integrated policies for nutritional sustainability.

Sustainable and Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems: The Planetary Boundaries Approach

2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow Özge Geyik's analysis "Sustainable and Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems: The Planetary Boundaries Approach" was published in March 2021.

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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.

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

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 Scholar 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. 

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Please click here to watch the speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Fellow Senem Aydın-Düzgit.