Bogaziçi University was originally established in 1863 in Istanbul along the shores of the Bosphorus as an American institution. After serving as a leading international institution of higher learning in the region for more than a century, it was transformed in 1971 into a Turkish state university. The university currently has about 10000 students and more than 800 academic staff, of which more than 420 are full time faculty members with doctorate degrees. The university consistently has been ranked during the last 5 years in the national entrance examinations, as number 1 out of the 73 universities in the country in terms of the exam scores of its incoming students. The university has achieved considerable success in the European Commission’s FP6 and FP7 programmes. BOG will lead Work Package 6 on mining, based on research on mining conflicts and environmental movements in Turkey (e.g. the cases of Bergama and Ida Mountain), and based also on Ozkaynak’s knowledge of Latin American researchers and activists. BOG will also have an important role in the training Work Package 11. In Work Package 6 she will supervise also the research in India on ship dismantling and e-waste.
Pinar Ertor Akyazy. PhD student and a research assistant at the Department of Economics of Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her “Vordiplom” from University of Cologne, Germany in Management and Economics, BA in Management from Bogazici University, and MA in Economics from Bogazici University. Her research interests are ecological economics, environmental conflicts, energy policy, game theory, and system dynamics modeling of environmental issues.
Begum Ozkaynak. Associate professor of economics at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her BA and MA in Economics from Boğaziçi University, MPhil in Economics from Manchester University, UK and PhD in Environmental Sciences (Ecological Economics and Environmental Management) from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. Her research interests include environmental and ecological economics, sustainable development, environmental conflicts and governance. She is specialized in environmental valuation techniques (e.g. contingent valuation), scenario development and multi-criteria evaluation.