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Ayşem Mert is Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University and a research fellow at the Earth System Governance Research Programme. She is also the Director of the International Masters Programme In Social Science Environmental Studies (IMPRESS) at Stockholm University. She holds a PhD in global environmental governance (2012, VU Amsterdam), and master’s degrees in environmental studies (2005, Boğaziçi University) and IR (2002, International University of Japan).

Ayşem’s research focuses on discourses of democracy and environment at transnational and global levels, political storytelling, and public-private cooperation/partnerships. She uses mixed and/or interpretive methods (particularly post-structuralist discourse theory and ecocriticism) while drawing on political theory and philosophy to better understand global governance institutions and contemporary perceptions of naturecultures. She is the author of Environmental Governance through Partnerships: A discourse theoretical study (2015, Edward Elgar) and published various articles on environmental politics and governance in Environmental Values, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, and Global Policy among others.

Before she joined the department as Associate Senior Lecturer, Ayşem worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Centre for Global Cooperation Research (Germany) and Amsterdam Global Change Institute (The Netherlands), and as faculty at the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam and Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, Freiburg University.

She is the co-editor of Earth System Governance Working Papers, and Üç Ekoloji (Three Ecologies), a partner of the Doordacht Intercultural Philosophy Project, and a founding member of Green-Left in Turkey.



Mert, A. (2015) Environmental Governance through Partnerships: A Discourse Theoretical Study, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Pattberg, P., and M. Chan, A. Mert, F. Biermann (2012) Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Emergence, Influence and Legitimacy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Reprinted (2013) in paperback, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Special Issues

F. Gadinger, M. Kopf, A. Mert, and C. Smith (2016) “Building Stories-Building Cooperation: The role of narrative and fiction in politics,” Global Dialogues 6 (11), Duisburg: University of Duisburg-Essen.

International Peer-Reviewed Articles

Mert, A. (2019) “The trees in Gezi Park: Environmental policy as the focus of democratic protests,” Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 21 (5): 593-607.

Mert, A. (2019) “Participation(s) in Transnational Environmental Governance: Green values versus instrumental use,” Environmental Values, 28 (1): 101-121.

Patterson J., and T. Thaler, M. Hoffmann, S. Hughes, A. Oels, E. Chu, A. Mert, D. Huitema, S. Burch, A. Jordan (2018) “Political feasibility of 1.5°C societal transformations: the role of social justice,” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 31 (1): 1-9, Available online:

Gadinger, F., M. Kopf, A. Mert, and C. Smith (2016) “Introduction: Facts Don’t Speak for Themselves...” Global Dialogues 6 (11): 6-12. Available online.

Mert, A. and S. van der Hel (2016) “Representations of Climate Change in Online Video Games,” Global Dialogues 6 (11): pp. 12-27.

Deibel, E. and A. Mert (2014) “Partnerships and miracle crops: Open access and commodification of plant varieties,” Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, 16 (1): 1-33.

Mert, A. (2013) “Hybrid governance mechanisms as political instruments: The case of sustainability partnerships,” International Environmental Agreements (INEA), 14 (3): 225-244.

Pattberg P. and A. Mert (2013) “The future we get might not be the future we want: Analyzing the Rio+20 outcomes,” Global Policy, 4 (3): 305–310.

Mert, A. (2012) “The Privatisation of Environmental Governance: On myths, forces of nature and other inevitabilities,” Environmental Values 21 (4): 475-498.

Mert, A. and E. Dellas (2011) “Technology Transfer through Water Partnerships: A Radical Framework of Assessment for Legitimacy,” Global Governance Working Papers, No. 42. Amsterdam: The Global Governance Project.

Mert, A. (2009) “Partnerships for Sustainable Development as Discursive Practice: Shifts in Discourses of Environment and Democracy,” Forest Policy and Economics, 11 (5-6): 326-339.

Biermann, F. and M. Chan, A. Mert, P. Pattberg (2007) “Partnerships for Sustainable Development: An Appraisal Framework,” Global Governance Working Papers, No. 31. Amsterdam: The Global Governance Project.

Book Chapters

Mert, A. (2019) “Democracy in the Anthropocene,” in Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance, A. Kalfagianni, D. Fuchs & A. Hayden (eds), Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 282-295.

Mert, A. (2019) “Democracy in the Anthropocene: A new scale,” in E. Lövbrand and F. Biermann (eds) Anthropocene Encounters: New Directions in Green Political Thinking, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 107-122.

Mert, A. and P. Pattberg (2018) “How Do Climate Change and Energy-related Partnerships Impact Innovation and Technology Transfer? Some Lessons for the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” In M. Chon, P. Roffe, and A. Abdel-Latif (eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Public-Private Partnerships, Intellectual Property Governance and Sustainable Development, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 289-307.

Chan, S., A. Mert, P. Pattberg (2016) “Between Global and Local Governance: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund in China” in A. Esguerra, N. Helmerich, T. Risse (eds.), Sustainability Politics and Limited Statehood: Contesting the New Modes of Governance, Palgrave, pp. 77-104.

Mert, A. (2015) “Institutions in global environmental politics: Public-private partnerships,” in F. Zelli and P. Pattberg (eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics, Edward Elgar, pp. 289-295.

Mert, A. and P. Pattberg (2015) “Public-Private Cooperation in Ecosystem Services: Agriculture, biodiversity, and forest governance,” in J. Bouma and P. van Beukering (eds.) Ecosystem Services –From Concept to Practice, Cambridge University Press, pp. 230-249.

Mert, A. (2013) “Discursive Interplay and Co-constitution: Carbonification of Environmental Discourses,” in C. Methmann, D. Rothe and B. Stephan (eds.), Interpretive Approaches to Global Climate Governance: (De)constructing the Greenhouse, Routledge, pp. 23-39.

Bäckstrand K., and S. Campe, S. Chan, A. Mert, M. Schäfferhof (2012) “Transnational Public-Private Partnerships,” in F. Biermann and P. Pattberg (eds.) Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered: New Actors, Mechanisms, and Interlinkages, MIT Press, pp. 123-147.

Compagnon D., S. Chan, and A. Mert (2012) “The Changing Role of the State in Contemporary Global Governance,” in F. Biermann, F. and P. Pattberg (eds.) Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered: New Actors, Mechanisms, and Interlinkages, MIT Press, pp. 237-263.

Pattberg, P., and K. Szulecki, S. Chan and A. Mert (2009) “Assessing the Role and Relevance of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership in Global Sustainability Governance,” in D. Vollmer (ed.), Enhancing the Effectiveness of Sustainability Partnerships, US National Academies Press, pp. 69-72.

Biermann, F. and M. Chan, A. Mert, P. Pattberg (2007) “Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Does the Promise Hold?”, in P. Glasbergen, F. Biermann, and A. Mol (eds.), Partnerships, Governance and Sustainable Development: Reflections on Theory and Practice, Edward Elgar, pp. 239-261.

Book Reviews

Mert, A. (2015) “Review of Democratizing Global Climate Governance by Hayley Stevenson and John S. Dryzek,” Global Environmental Politics, 15 (3): 184-186.

Mert, A. (2014) “Review of The politics of possibility: risk and security beyond probability, by Louise Amoore,” Critical Policy Studies, 8 (3): 366-367.

Mert, A. (2010) “The disappearance of the political subject: Barry Sanders’ Unsuspecting Souls,” The International Journal of Illich Studies, 1 (2): 71-74.


Mert, A. (2015) “Sustainable development partnerships in the UN system,” in Networks for Prosperity: Advancing Sustainability through Partnerships, UNIDO/University of Leuven, pp. 55-67.

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

Chan, S., and F. Biermann, A. Mert, P. Pattberg (2008) “Partnerschappen voor duurzame ontwikkeling,” In: van den Burg, S. , G. Spaargaren, and D. van Lith (eds.), Een andere rol voor de overheid?, Wageningen UP.

Mert, A. (2006) “Bilimsel Düşüncenin Sınırları ve Ekolojik Kriz (The Limits of Scientific Thought and the Ecological Crisis),” Varlık, Issue 08/2006; 29-33.

Keskin M., and A. Mert (2002) “Türkiye'de Enerji ve Çevre Konusunda Yapılan Hataların Laboratuvarı: Yatağan-Yeniköy-Gökova Termik Santralları (A Laboratory of Mistakes on Energy and Environment: Yatağan-Yeniköy-Gökova Power Plants)” Mühendis & Makina, Issue 509: 24-36.