Ayşem (Istanbul, Turkey) is an Amsterdam-based political scientist and thinker, focusing on green political thought, democracy and environmental philosophy. She writes fiction, non-fiction, columns, and academic work on Japanese, Turkish, and Western imageries of nature and democracy, sociology of international relations, and politics. Her work explores the cultural, economic, ecological dimensions of contemporary life across disciplinary boundaries. She has recently participated in a call for proposals to improve Dutch democracy (issued by the Volkskrant) and her proposal was selected as the winner.



  • Assistant Professor with the Chair of Sustainability Governance, Freiburg University
  • Assistant Professor VU
  • Centre for Global Cooperation Research (2014-2015), Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Amsterdam Global Change Institute, UvA/VU (2011-2013), Researcher
  • Green/Left Turkey, Founding member
  • Üç Ekoloji (‘Three Ecologies’ is a Turkish-language journal on nature, philosophy and politics), Editor
  • Earth System Governance Working Papers, Editor
  • Yesil Gazete (‘the Green Gazette’ is a Turkish-language newsportal) -Columnist



  • Institute for Environmental Studies, VU (2006-2011), Ph.D. in Environmental Politics: ‘Governance after Nature at the End of History’
  • Boğaziçi University, B.A. in Political Science and M.Sc. in Environmental Studies: Environmental Discourses of the Science Media
  • International University of Japan, M.A. in International Relations: Eco-philosophies in International Relations