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Mahir Yazar

Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, University of Bergen

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I am an environmental social scientist and a postdoctoral researcher. My scholarship consistently engages diverse themes relevant to the politics and governance of sustainability transition and climate change. I am managing a subsection in Horizon2020 CINTRAN (Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition) project and delivering data collection in various contexts. I focus on how populist far-right parties in Europe generate discursive tactics to delay regional decarbonization in their respective oil and gas-dependent regions. I am also an affiliated scientist in the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER) program and NSF-funded ARC-NAV: Arctic Robust Communities Navigating Adaptation to Variability at Arizona State University (ASU).

I hold a Ph.D. in Environmental Social Science from Arizona State University, and M.A. in International Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Norway Turkey

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Fossil fuels Public opinion

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Yazar, M., York, A. (2023). Nature-based solutions through collective actions for spatial justice in urban green commons. Environmental Science and Policy, 145, 228-237.

Yazar, M., Hermwille, L., & Haarstad, H. (2022). Right-wing and populist support for climate mitigation policies: Evidence from Poland and its carbon-intensive Silesia region. Regional Sustainability, 3(4), 281-293.

Yazar, M. (2022). Norm domestication challenges for local climate actions: A lesson from Arizona, USA. Environmental Policy and Governance.

Yazar, M., Haarstad, H., Drengenes, LL., York, A. (2022). Governance learning from collective actions for just climate adaptation in cities. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 4.

York, A., & Yazar, M. (2022). Leveraging Shadow Networks for Procedural Justice. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 57.

Yazar, M., York, A., Larson, L.K. (2022). Adaptation, exposure, and politics. Local extreme heat and global climate change risk perceptions in the Phoenix Metropolita Region, USA. CITIES, 103763.

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

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,

Yazar, M., York, A.M. (2021). Urban Climate Governance under the Central Government Shadow: Evidence from Istanbul. Journal of Urban Affairs. 1-17

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kuokkanen, A. and Yazar, M. (2018). Cities in sustainability transitions: Comparing Helsinki and Istanbul. Sustainability 10(5):1421.