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Alevgul Sorman

Alevgul Sorman

  • Position:
    Ikerbasque Research Fellow
  • Main Research Field:
    Ecological and Biophyscial Economics, Societal Metabolism, Integrated Assessment, Energy Transitions and Justice
  • Contact information:
    Email address: alevgul.sorman@bc3research.org
    Contact phone: +34 94-401 46 90 ext. 120
  • Research ID (WOK): Alevgul Sorman RID
  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9935-5140

Short CV

Alev Sorman has formerly been 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 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). In 2012, she also participated in the 24th Ship for World Youth (SWY) Programme hosted by the The International Youth Exchange Organization of Japan (IYEO).

Journal Articles

  • 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. DOI (10.1007/s00191-017-0514-8).
  • 2017
  • Edgar Rodríguez-Huerta, Martí Rosas-Casals, Alevgul H. Sorman. 2017. A societal metabolism approach to job creation and renewable energy transitions in Catalonia. ENERGY POLICY. DOI (10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.024).
  • 2016
  • Ethemcan Turhan, Semra Cerit Mazlum, Ümit Sahin, Alevgül H. Sorman, A. Cem Gündogan. 2016. Beyond special circumstances: climate change policy in Turkey 1992–2015. Wiley WIREs Climate Change. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Climate Change. DOI (10.1002/wcc.390).
  • 2015
  • Dimitrios Zikos, Alevgul H. Sorman, Marisa Lau. 2015. Beyond water security: asecuritisation and identity in Cyprus. International Environmental Agreements-Politics Law and Economics. DOI (10.1007/s10784-015-9280-y).
  • 2013
  • Alevgul H. Sorman, Mario Giampietro. 2013. The Energetic Metabolism of Societies and the Degrowth Paradigm: Analyzing Biophysical Constraints and Realities, Journal of Cleaner Production. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. DOI (10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.11.059 ).
  • 2012
  • Arnim Scheidel, Alevgul H. Sorman. 2012. Energy transitions and the global land rush: Ultimate drivers and persistent consequences. GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS. DOI (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.12.005).
  • Mario Giampietro, Alevgul H. Sorman. 2012. Are energy statistics useful for making energy scenarios? . ENERGY. DOI (10.1016/j.energy.2011.08.038 ).
  • 2011
  • Alevgul H. Sorman, Mario Giampietro. 2011. Generating better energy indicators: Addressing the existence of multiple scales and multiple dimensions. ECOLOGICAL MODELLING. DOI (10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.10.014).

Books and Specials

  • 2013
  • Mario Giampietro, Kozo Mayumi and Alevgül H. Sorman. 2013. Energy Analysis for a Sustainable Future: Multi-scale integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism . 72 B/W Illus. Routledge. 360. ISBN 978-0-415-53966-1.
  • 2012
  • Mario Giampietro, Kozo Mayumi and Alevgül H. Sorman. 2012. The Metabolic Pattern of Societies: Where Economists Fall Short. 110 B/W Illus. Routledge. 408. ISBN 978-0-415-58953-6 .

Book chapters

  • 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 . Case study narratives on risks and uncertainties associated with climate mitigation pathways. . 1st ed. London. Routledge. 296. ISBN 9780429458781.
  • 2018
  • Avila-Calero, S.,Sorman, A.H. 2018. Transición Energética (Energías Renovables). Decrecimiento. Vocabulario para una nueva era. Edición ampliada para Latinoamérica. México. ICARIA. ISBN 978-84-9888-866-9. (https://www.institutomora.edu.mx/Instituto/Lists/Calendario%20eventos/Eventos.aspx?ID=509).
  • Turhan, E.; Sorman, A. H.; Larsen, K. 2018. Reconciling qualitative and quantitative storytelling in just energy decision making: A research design challenge contribution . SHAPE ENERGY Research Design Challenge: Control, change and capacity-building in energy systems. . Cambridge: SHAPE ENERGY. (https://shapeenergy.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/SHAPE-ENERGY_D3.5_Research-design-challenge-collection.pdf).
  • 2014
  • Alevgul H. Sorman. 2014. Societal Metabolism. Degrowth A Vocabulary for a New Era. 3 B/W Illus. Routledge. 220. ISBN 9781138000766.
  • 2010
  • Mario Giampietro, Alevgul H. Sorman and Gonzalo Gamboa. 2010. Using the MuSIASEM Approach to Study Metabolic Patterns of Modern Societies in Energy Options Impact on Regional Security. Energy Options Impact on Regional Security. Springer. ISBN 10.1007/978-90-481-9565-7. (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-90-481-9565-7?page=1).

Conference Proceedings

  • 2018
  • Stories from Spanish stakeholders: Perceptions, policy mixes and the climate change and energy transition law in Spain, presented at the Stories from Spanish stakeholders: Perceptions, policy mixes and the climate change and energy transition law in Spain, organized by SOMMa, Madrid, Spain, Nov, 2018
  • Social Risks, presented at the Paris in Practice Policy Lunch, organized by SPRU, Brussels, Belgium, Nov, 2018
  • Authoritarian Developmentalism in Turkey from Social Metabolism’s Vantage Point & The Triple Point of Energy Transitions: Stakeholder Perceptions, Policy Mixes and The Climate Change and Energy Transition Law in Spain, presented at the 15th Congress of the International Society for Ecological Economics, organized by UAM, Puebla, Mexico, Sep, 2018
  • Business as usual or alternative development? Unpacking the Energy Transition Strategy in Mexico., presented at the The First North-South Conference on Degrowth, organized by UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico, Sep, 2018
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