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Defne Gonenc


Based in

Middle East

Dr. Defne Gönenç works and teaches at Yaşar University in Izmir. She has her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations (with a minor in law), specializing in environmental politics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland. She conducted field research in the villages of West India and East and West Turkey. She has her M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she studied thanks to two different scholarships, and her B.Sc. in International Relations (with a minor in Economics) from the Middle East Technical University (GPA: 3.99/4.00), Ankara, Turkey. Defne knows Turkish, English, French, and Greek. She enjoys salsa, swimming, animals, and playing piano.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Greece India Turkey

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Climate Justice Social movements

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Çetin, Elif, and Defne Gönenç (2022). Environmental Justice as an Alternative to Resilience: India as an Example. Gaziantep Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, 21 (4): 2354-2370.

Gönenç, Defne (2022). Litigation as a Strategy for Environmental Movements Questioned: Bergama and Artvin- Cerattepe Movements as Examples. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 24 (2): 303-322.

Gönenç, Defne (2022). Review: India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development. Uluslararası İlişkiler, 19 (75), 107-109.

Gönenç, Defne (2021). Conceptualizing Norm Fusion Through Environmental Rights. Environmental Politics, 30 (3): 442-461.

Gönenç, Defne, Dario Piselli, and Yixian Sun (2020). The Global Economic System and Access and Allocation. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 20 (2): 223-238.

Gönenç, Defne (2020). Review: Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movement by Onur İnal and Ethemcan Turhan. Mediterranean Politics, 27 (5), 682-684.

Gönenç, Defne (2019). Litigation Process of the Social Movements as a Driver of Norm Transformation? Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 32 (1), 43-60.

Gönenç, Defne (2017). Review: Climate Justice: Vulnerability and Protection by Henry Shue. Journal of Human Rights and Environment, 8 (1), 168-171.