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Alevgul Sorman

Alevgul Sorman

  • Position:
    Ikerbasque Research Fellow
  • Main Research Field:
    Environmental and Energy Justice, Just Transitions, Gender, Participation, Transformation, Societal Metabolism
  • BC3 Research Line:
    2. Research Line Low Carbon
  • Contact information:
    Email address: alevgul.sorman@bc3research.org
    Contact phone: +34 94-401 46 90 ext. 120
  • Scopus Author ID: 45261576100
  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9935-5140

Short CV

Alevgül Sorman, is an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). Her research scrutinizes energy transitions with insights from human geography, political ecology and ecological and biophysical economics.

Prior to joining BC3, Alev was a postdoctoral researcher within the Integrated Assessment group at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She received her PhD from the same institute in 2011 focusing on EU-wide application of the “Energetic Metabolism of Societies”. She has collaborated in projects applying the societal metabolism framework to different cases; in energy planning in the African context, analyzing tourism dynamics in the Galapagos Islands and investigating water metabolism and options of conflict resolution on the island of Cyprus. Alev holds a BSc in Environmental Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey with a period spent abroad at Rice University – Houston, Texas, USA. She completed her masters in 2007, with an MSc degree in LUMES – Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund, Sweden.

She has previously been a visiting researcher at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies (Sweden), Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Instituto de Altos Estudios (Ecuador) and the Italian National Institute for Statistics (Italy).

Alev is also engaged in Youth Action and Climate Outreach. In 2012, she participated in the 24th Ship for World Youth (SWY) Programme hosted by the Cabinet Office of Japan and in 2020 facilitated the Global Environmental and Climate Change Course on the 32nd SWY Programme.

Journal Articles

  • 2024
  • Markanday, A., Lliso, B., Sorman, A.H. 2024. Investing in Nature: Assessing the Effects of Monetary and Non-Monetary Valuations on Decision-Making. Ecological Economics. 219. DOI (10.1016/j.ecolecon.2024.108135).
  • 2023
  • Siddharth Sareen, Alevgul H Sorman, Ryan Stock, Katherine Mahoney, Bérénice Girard . 2023. Solidaric solarities: Governance principles for transforming solar power relations. Progress in Environmental Geography. 2 (3) DOI (https://doi.org/10.1177/27539687231190656).
  • 2022
  • Avila, S., Deniau, Y., Sorman, A.H., McCarthy, J. 2022. (Counter)mapping renewables: Space, justice, and politics of wind and solar power in Mexico. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. 5 (3) 1056-1085. DOI (10.1177/25148486211060657).
  • Parris, H., Sorman, A.H., Valor, C., Tuerk, A., Anger-Kraavi, A. 2022. Cultures of transformation: An integrated framework for transformative action. Environmental Science and Policy. 132. 24-34. DOI (10.1016/j.envsci.2022.02.008).
  • Wilgosh, B., Sorman, A.H., Barcena, I. 2022. When two movements collide: Learning from labour and environmental struggles for future Just Transitions. Futures. 137. DOI (10.1016/j.futures.2022.102903).
  • 2021
  • Galende-Sánchez, E., Sorman, A.H. 2021. From consultation toward co-production in science and policy: A critical systematic review of participatory climate and energy initiatives. Energy Research and Social Science. 73. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2020.101907).
  • Nikas, A., Skalidakis, S., Sorman, A.H., Galende-Sanchez, E., Koasidis, K., Serepas, F., Van De Ven, D.J., Moreno, J., Karamaneas, A., Koutsellis, T., Kanellou, E., Doukas, H. 2021. Integrating Integrated Assessment Modelling in Support of the Paris Agreement: The I2AM PARIS Platform. IISA 2021 - 12th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications. DOI (10.1109/IISA52424.2021.9555502).
  • 2020
  • Lieu, J., Hanger-Kopp, S., van Vliet, O., Sorman, A.H. 2020. Assessing risks of low-carbon transition pathways. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 35. 261-270-270. DOI (10.1016/j.eist.2020.04.009).
  • Lieu, J., Sorman, A.H., Johnson, O.W., Virla, L.D., Resurrección, B.P. 2020. Three sides to every story: Gender perspectives in energy transition pathways in Canada, Kenya and Spain. Energy Research and Social Science. 68. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2020.101550).
  • Nikas, A., Lieu, J., Sorman, A., Gambhir, A., Turhan, E., Baptista, B.V., Doukas, H. 2020. The desirability of transitions in demand: Incorporating behavioural and societal transformations into energy modelling. Energy Research and Social Science. 70. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2020.101780).
  • Sorman, A.H., García-Muros, X., Pizarro-Irizar, C., González-Eguino, M. 2020. Lost (and found) in Transition: Expert stakeholder insights on low-carbon energy transitions in Spain. Energy Research and Social Science. 64. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2019.101414).
  • Sorman, A.H., Turhan, E., Rosas-Casals, M. 2020. Democratizing Energy, Energizing Democracy: Central Dimensions Surfacing in the Debate. Frontiers in Energy Research. 8 DOI (10.3389/fenrg.2020.499888).
  • 2018
  • Kovacic, Z., Spanò, M., Piano, S.L., Sorman, A.H. 2018. Finance, energy and the decoupling: an empirical study. Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 28. (3) 565-590-590. DOI (10.1007/s00191-017-0514-8).

Book chapters

  • 2023
  • Alevgul H. Sorman. 2023 Deceitful Decoupling: Misconceptions of a Persistent Myth. In: Villamayor-Tomas, S., Muradian, R. (eds) . In: The Barcelona School of Ecological Economics and Political Ecology . SpringerLink. pp 165–177. ISBN 978-3-031-22565-9.
  • 2022
  • Alevgül H. Şorman and Ethemcan Turhan. 2022 The limits of authoritarian energy governance: Energy, democracy and public contestation in Turkey. In: Majia H. Nadesan, Martin J. Pasqualetti, Jennifer Keahey. In: Energy Democracies for Sustainable Futures. ELSEVIER. ISBN 9780128227961.
  • 2019
  • Alevgul H. Sorman, Cristina Pizarro-Irizar, Xaquín García-Muros, Mikel González-Eguino, Iñaki Arto. 2019 Spain: On a rollercoaster of regulatory change: risks and uncertainties of renewable energy transitions . In: Alexandros Nikas, Susanne Hanger, Jenny Lieu. In: Case study narratives on risks and uncertainties associated with climate mitigation pathways. London. Routledge. 296. ISBN 9780429458781.
  • 2018
  • Avila-Calero, S.,Sorman, A.H. 2018 Transición Energética (Energías Renovables). In: Giacomo D'Alisa, Federico Demaria y Giorgos Kallis (eds.). In: Decrecimiento. Vocabulario para una nueva era. Edición ampliada para Latinoamérica. México. ICARIA. ISBN 978-84-9888-866-9.
  • Turhan, E., Sorman, A. H., Larsen, K. 2018 Reconciling qualitative and quantitative storytelling in just energy decision making: A research design challenge contribution . In: Sumpf, P. and Büscher, C. eds.,. In: SHAPE ENERGY Research Design Challenge: Control, change and capacity-building in energy systems. Cambridge: SHAPE ENERGY.

Other Publications

  • 2023
  • Varjú, V., Tagai, G., Cabello, V., Sorman, A.H., Robison, R., Foulds, C., Bálint, D., Galende Sánchez, E., Zindulková, K., Pálné Kovács, I., et al. 2023. Supporting the Social Sciences & Humanities across Southern and Central & Eastern Europe: A Position Statement for international climate, energy and mobility research. SSH CENTRE.
  • 2020
  • González-Eguino, M., Arto, I., Rodriguez-Zuñiga,A.,X García-Muros, X. Sampedro,J., Kratena,K., Cazcarro, I., Sorman, A.H.,Pizarro-Irizar,C., Sanz-Sanchez, M.J. 2020. Impacto Económico, de Empleo, Social y sobre la Salud Pública del Borrador Actualizado del Plan Nacional Integrado De Energía y Clima 2021-2030. Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica.
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