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Mahir Yazar

Postdoctoral Fellow
  • E-mailMahir.Yazar@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckels gate 6
  • 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 contexts; (b) how environmental exposures and stresses mostly have uneven impacts across countries, cities, communities, and social groups; (c) how do nature-based solutions toward sustainability impact on urban accessibility and social inclusion.

I am currently involved in the CINTRAN Horizon2020 project as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 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.

I am also 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. 

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

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