Aysem Mert, M.A. (International Relations), M.Sc. (Environmental Sciences),) is a doctoral candidate in international environmental governance at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and a research fellow with the international Global Governance Project. She is part of the MECGLO research group. She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Social Sciences from Boðaziçi University, Istanbul (2005), and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the International University of Japan, Niigata (2002). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Political Science from Boðaziçi University, Istanbul (1999).
She is currently conducting research on the emergence, effectiveness, and legitimacy of public-private and private-private governance arrangements in sustainability policy.
Before joining the Institute for Environmental Studies and the Global Governance Project, Aysem worked for various research companies, conducting political and social research in Turkey. She took part in and subsequently directed Eurobarometer surveys for European Commission between 2001 and 2004. She has also worked for Greenpeace Mediterranean, and as an editor for Üç Ekoloji (Three Ecologies), an ecology journal for the Greens of Turkey. She has volunteered for various NGOs focusing on peace and environmental issues, as well as political organizations.Her personal interests include evolution and science, philosophy, Latin dances, and horse riding.
Aysem Mert can be reached at:
Institute for Environmental Studies
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1087
1081 HV Amsterdam