Duygu Avci, PhD

Duygu is a trained economist and sociologist who works on environment and development relations in different contexts of the Global South. She has a BA in economics and sociology from the Middle East Technical University, an MA in economics from Bogazici University, and a PhD in development studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam’s International Institute of Social Studies. In her PhD research, she explores transformative politics in environmental struggles based on a comparative analysis of two local mining conflicts in Ecuador and Turkey. More broadly, she is engaged with diverse topics in the study of society-environment interactions, including socio-environmental struggles, environmental governance, environmental justice, and sustainable development. Her work is situated at the intersection of the fields of development studies, political ecology and ecological economics. She has researched and taught in different countries, including Turkey, Ecuador, Colombia, and the Netherlands, which helped her integrate a comparative perspective to her work.


  • PhD, Erasmus University Rotterdam’s International Institute of Social Studies
  • MA, Bogazici University
  • BA, Middle East Technical University
Duygu Avci, PhD

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Traveling Faculty (Spring 2020)

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