Visiting Guest Researcher
Sinem Kavak is a political scientist specialising in Turkish politics and comparative political economy. She earned her Ph.D. in 2017 from Institute des Sciences Sociales et du Politique in École Normale Supérieure de Paris Saclay and Boğaziçi University Department of Political Science and International Relations in the framework of a joint PHD agreement.
Sinem analyses transformations of contentions politics and agency in environmental mobilisations together with the rent-seeking, cronyism, and consequently authoritarianism and criminalisation in Turkey, through a focus on the privatisation of the hydropower regime and its impacts on the environment and rural livelihoods. She also works on peasant livelihoods and seasonal migrant workers in agriculture with a focus on Syrian refugees, child labor and forced labor.