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Defne GONENC obtained her PhD in Political Science & International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She holds her MPhil from the University of Cambridge & her BSc from the Middle East Technical University. She works on environmental politics and justice with a focus on Turkey and India.


  • –present
    Teaching Assistant in Environmental Politics, Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID)


  • 2011 
    University of Cambridge, MPhil in International Relations
  • 2010 
    Middle East Technical University, BSc in International Relations


  • 2016
    Book Review: A Liberal Actor in a Realist World. The European Union Regulatory State and the Global Political Economy of Energy, Europe-Asia Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    IHEID Alumni Scholarship
    PHD Grant
    Funding Source:
    IHEID Alumni
  • 2010
    Jean Monnet Scholarship
    MPhil Grant
    Funding Source:
    European Commission
  • 2010
    Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholarship
    MPhil Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Cambridge Overseas Trust