EXPERTISE

With a Master of Science degree from the Middle East Technical University and as a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Melbourne, I have expertise in designating long-term management plans with participatory management approach, analyzing the environmental performance of laws and regulations with regards to compliance to EU acquis on the national level (Natura 2000, Water Framework Directive, Industrial Emissions Directive, Large Combustion Plants Directive), providing expert input to EIA process of large-scale energy infrastructures, advising on climate change mitigation strategy as well as adaptation policies and justice in low-carbon transitions for more than a decade (of which 6 years on a consultancy basis). Through my consultancy company, I am incorporating my technical expertise with my know-how in strategy development, grant-making, fundraising and developing advocacy and outreach plans for NGOs, think-tanks and universities to address one of the most

 

I managed the portfolio of one of the major philanthropies on climate and energy in Turkey and worked with leading institutions on low-carbon transitions - Greenpeace, WWF, 350.org, Agora Energiewende, Chamber of Environmental Engineers, SHURA Energy Transition Centre to name a few. I have served in the steering committee of the leading energy transition think tank in Turkey and founded several civic initiatives. I am currently a sessional teaching staff at the University of Melbourne of Sustainability Governance and Leadership MSc course while conducting my Ph.D. My current research focuses on justice in energy transitions.

I have authored various reports and conducted research on the challenges and opportunities of power sector decarbonization and financial flows of renewable and fossil fuel investments.

RESEARCH

My current research focuses on justice in energy transitions. Just transition is of utmost importance for the green recovery debate in Australia, given the vulnerable communities in coal-dependent regions. My research explores to what extent a transition away from coal can be facilitated through a focus on injustices. I draw on the political ecology approach and employ a place-based approach in understanding the facilitative role of justice in transitioning away from coal. I substantiate empirical evidence on how ameliorating injustices of the potentially impacted constituencies facilitate a transition away from coal.

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  • Ceren Ayas Environmental Consultancy (2020-ongoing)

  • Ph.D. candidate, University of Melbourne (2018- ongoing)

  • Senior Associate, European Climate Foundation (2013-2018)

  • Energy and Climate Programme Supervisor, WWF-Turkey (2009-2010)

  • Conservation Officer, WWF-Turkey (2006-2009)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

AWARDS

I received various awards and scholarships throughout my academic and professional career: Climate Change Research Translation Award (University of Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute), Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and Power System Transition Leadership (European Climate Foundation) to highlight a few.

PUBLICATIONS

I have authored various reports and conducted research on the challenges and opportunities of power sector decarbonization and financial flows of renewable and fossil fuel investments.

Ayas, C. (2020). Decarbonization Of Turkey’s Economy: Long-Term Strategies And Immediate Challenges Facts, Insights and Ideas from Cross-sector Dialogue,  CAN Europe, SEE Change Net, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (link)

Galli, A., Kalem, S., Devranoglu, S., Ayas, C., Wackernagel, M. (2012). ‘Ecological Footprint of Turkey’, WWF-Turkey. (link)

Denruyter, J.P, Kalem, S., Yener, D., Ayas, C. (2011).  ‘%100 Renewable Energy Future and Turkey’, WWF-Turkey. (link)

Ayas, C. ‘Energy Efficiency and Climate Change’, WWF-Turkey, Istanbul: 2011 (link)

Divrak B.B., Ayas C., Iş G. (2010) ‘Drought trends and impacts on agricultural production and natural resources in the context of climate change. In : López-Francos A. (comp.), López-Francos A. (collab.). Economics of drought and drought preparedness in a climate change context. Options Méditerranéennes: Série A. Séminaires Méditerranéens; n. 95, p. 49-55 (link

Ayas, C. (2010). ‘Renewable Energy and Turkey’, WWF-Turkey. (link)

Ayas, C. (2010). ‘Decoupling Developmentalism-Environmentalism, Human Nature Conceptualizations in Freshwater Ecosystems Management in Turkey’, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. (link)