Program Coordinator, Mercator-IPC Fellowship
Pelin Oğuz is the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program Coordinator. She received her PhD in Political Science from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2016. Her dissertation is titled “The Politics of Nature and Neoliberalism: An Assessment of the Impact of Hydroelectric Power Plants on Local Populations.” She has published several articles focusing on the politics of nature. Previously, she earned her MA degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University, Netherlands (2005) and her BA degree in International Relations from Koç University (2003). Throughout her studies she has worked in development projects in Turkey collaborating with civil society institutions.
Prior to IPC, she worked as a part-time lecturer at Istanbul Commerce University teaching a course titled “World Politics and Conflict Resolution” as a part of the MA program in African Studies (2017) and at MEF University teaching a course titled “Evolution of Political Life in Turkey” as a part of the BA program in Political Science and International Relations (2017). She also worked as a full-time instructor at Koç University for courses related to the history of the Turkish Revolution (2005-2015).
Her research interests focus on environment, ecology, development, conflict studies, climate change, migration, identity, and Turkish politics.