Sinan Erensü

Sinan Erensü
University of Minnesota
PSB 208
Phone Number: 
+90 212 359 7319
Areas of Interest: 

Political Ecology/Economy

Environmental Sociology / Environmental Justice

Urban Studies

Water and Energy Infrastructures

Climate Change

Social Movements

Courses Taught: 

Soc 360 Environment and Society; Soc 453 Social Movements; Soc 224 Urban Sociology; Soc 324 Power and Inequality.

Research Projects: 

"When Locals Generate: Limits and Potentials of Energy Cooperatives for a Democratic Energy Transition" 2018-2019 / Istanbul Policy Center, Mercator-IPC Program, Climate Change Cluster.

"Urban Revolution and the Political” 2021-2023 / H2020 ERC Starting Grant (680313) Research Collaboration with Host Institution: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

Selected Publications: 

“From the Occupied Parks to the Gardens of the Nation: Politics and Aesthetics of Urban Greenery in the Post-Gezi Istanbul”, Social Text.

40(1). (2022). (with B. İne & Y. A. Adanalı). DOI: (ESCI).

“The Contradictions of Turkey’s Rush for Energy”, Middle East Report. 288. (2018)

“Powering Neoliberalization: Energy and Politics in the Making of a New  Turkey”, Energy Research and Social Science, 41: 148-157. (2018) DOI: (SSCI).

“Dialectics of Reform and Repression: Unpacking Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn”, the Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 52(1): 16-28. (2018)

(co-authored with A. Alemdaroğlu) DOI: (SSCI).

“The Work of a Few Trees: Gezi, Politics, and Space” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41(1) (2017). (co-authored with

O. Karaman). DOI: (SSCI).


Book Chapters:

“Neoliberal Economics in Turkey”, In Güneş Murat Tezcür (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics, Oxford University Press. January

2022. (with Yahya Madra). DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190064891.013.17.

“Turkey’s Hydropower Renaissance: Nature, Neoliberalism and Development  in the Cracks of Infrastructure” In F. Adaman et al. (eds.) Neoliberal

Modernization and Economic Growth in Turkey, London: I.B. Tauris. (2017). DOI: 10.5040/


Policy Papers:

“İklim Politikalarında Biden Etkisi: İnkar Çağının Sonu mu?” İstanbul  Politikalar Merkezi Politika Notu. 2021. (With Ümit Şahin)

“Covid-19 Pandemisini İklim Krizi ile Beraber Okumak” İstanbul  Politikalar Merkezi Politika Notu. 2020. (With Ümit Şahin)

Administrative Title: 
Vice Chair