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Mahir Yazar

Postdoctoral Fellow
  • E-mailMahir.Yazar@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckels gate 6
    Lauriz Meltzers hus
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

As an environmental social scientist, I draw on theories of new institutional economics, environmental justice, and vulnerability to investigate (a) how climate governance and civic action are practiced in multiple urban and regional contexts; (b) how environmental exposures and stresses mostly have uneven impacts across countries, cities, communities, and social groups. 

I am a Research Fellow at Earth System Governance, and an affiliated scientist in the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER) program, Governance and Institutions working group at Arizona State University. Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (asu.edu)

I completed an undergraduate degree in Public Policy, hold two master’s degrees in International Studies (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Environmental Sciences (Bogazici University), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Social Science at Arizona State University with Fulbright Scholarships. 

Geographies of the Green Economy | University of Bergen (uib.no)

This is an interdisciplinary course on theory and research that fits under the broad umbrella of the green economy.  Different methods, foci of interest, as well as epistemologies now are common in green economy research. Grounded on active student participation, this research-based course discusses how the concept of the green economy affects societal and economic activities at different scales. 

The majority of classes will consist of discussions around assigned readings.  While this is not a methods class, students and professors will discuss methodologies appropriate to green economy research.  Our goal is for the range of topics and our discussions throughout the semester to help you identify the kinds of research questions, methods, and analytic strategies pursued by a variety of interdisciplinary scholars which might be useful in your own work.

8. Daloglu-Cetinkaya, I., Yazar, M., Kilinc, S. & Guven, B. (2022). Urban climate resilience and water insecurity: future scenarios of water supply and demand in Istanbul. Urban Water Journal, 10.1080/1573062X.2022.2066548

7. Yazar, M., York, A.M. (2022). Disentangling justice as recognition through public support for local climate adaptation policies: Insights from the Southwest US. Urban Climate, Volume 41, 101079, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2021.101079

6. Yazar, M., York, A.M. (2021). Urban Climate Governance under the Central Government Shadow: Evidence from Istanbul. Journal of Urban Affairs. 1-17 https://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2021.1915151 

5. Yazar, M., York, A.M., Kyriakopoulos, G. (2021). Heat Exposure and the Climate Change Beliefs in a Desert City: The case of Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Urban Climate 36:100769. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2020.100769 

4. Yazar, M., Hestad, D., Mangalagiu, D., Thornton, T., Ma, Y., Saysel, A. (2020). Enabling Environment for Regime Destabilization toward Urban Transition in Megacities: Comparing Shanghai and Istanbul. Climatic Change 160(4): 727-752. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02726-1

3. Yazar, M., Hestad, D., Mangalagiu, D., Saysel, A., Ma, Y., Thornton, T. (2019). Urban Transformation towards Sustainability or Planned Green Gentrification? Insight from urban renewal processes in Gaziosmanpasa, Istanbul. Climatic Change 160(4): 637-653. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02509-3

2. Thornton, T., Mangalagiu, D., Ma, Y., Lan, J., Yazar, M., Saysel, A., Chaar, AM. (2019). Cultural models of and for urban sustainability: Assessing beliefs about Green-Win. Climatic Change 160(4): 521-537. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02518-23

1. Kuokkanen, A. and Yazar, M. (2018). Cities in sustainability transitions: Comparing Helsinki and Istanbul. Sustainability 10(5):1421. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051421

I am currently working within two major projects:

Project 1: " Horizon2020 CINTRAN - Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition - Unravelling the Challenges of Structural Change." (Post-Doc), working on the politics of decarbonization, including quantitative assessments of voting patterns and policy narratives to explore the rise of populism and anti-democratic attitudes in the selected carbon-intensive regions of Estonia, Germany, Greece, and Poland.

CINTRAN | Coal Transitions

Project 2: " LOCALNET - Local Climate Change Narratives and Networks in Turkey" (Co-PI) funded by Stiftung Wissenscharft und Politik (500,000.00 NOK) starting in February 2022. 

LOCALNET | Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) | UiB

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