Graduate Programme in Socio-Legal Studies, York University
Research Keywords: Environmental justice; environmental litigation; renewable energy; land grabbing; law and social movements; green neoliberalism
Kutay Kutlu is a doctoral candidate in Socio-Legal Studies at York University. He holds an SSHRC doctoral fellowship. Prior to joining York University, he received a PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University, where he focused on Turkey’s renewable energy policies from the perspective of scholarship on the concept of green/environmental state. He also holds an LLM degree from King’s College London and an LLB degree from Koc University. He has worked as a Research Assistant at Istanbul Aydin University’s Department of Political Science and International Relations. Since 2021, he has been contributing to the Oxford University Press’ Yearbook of International Environmental Law by as a country reporter for Turkey by authoring reports annually about the developments in environmental law and policy in the said country. He is the author of a book chapter titled “The Need to Look Beyond the Right to Property: An Assessment of the Constitutional Court of Turkey’s Judgments on Urgent Expropriations for Hydropower Plants” in Authoritarian Neoliberalism and Resistance in Turkey. His current doctoral research pertains to the land use changes and environmental justice conflicts due to renewable energy projects in Western Turkey, with a focus on the diverse uses of law and litigation by different parties.