Ayşem Mert

Ayşem Mert is Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University and a research fellow at the Earth System Governance Research Programme. She is also the Director of the International Masters Programme In Social Science Environmental Studies (IMPRESS) at Stockholm University. She holds a PhD in global environmental governance (2012, VU Amsterdam), and master’s degrees in environmental studies (2005, Boğaziçi University) and IR (2002, International University of Japan).


Ayşem’s research focuses on discourses of democracy and environment
at transnational and global levels, political storytelling, and
public-private cooperation/partnerships. She uses mixed and/or
interpretive methods (particularly post-structuralist discourse theory
and ecocriticism) while drawing on political theory and philosophy to
better understand global governance institutions and contemporary
perceptions of naturecultures. She is the author of Environmental Governance through Partnerships: A discourse theoretical study (2015, Edward Elgar) and published various articles on environmental politics and governance in Environmental Values, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, and Global Policy among others.

Before she joined the department as Associate Senior Lecturer, Ayşem
worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Centre for Global Cooperation
Research (Germany) and Amsterdam Global Change Institute (The
Netherlands), and as faculty at the Institute for Environmental Studies,
VU University Amsterdam and Institute for Environmental Social Sciences
and Geography, Freiburg University.

She is the co-editor of Earth System Governance Working Papers, and Üç Ekoloji (Three Ecologies), a partner of the Doordacht Intercultural Philosophy Project, and a founding member of Green-Left in Turkey.