Climate Justice at the Local Level

The Case of Turkey

  • Beyza Sarıkoç Yıldırım Boğaziçi University and Marmara University
Keywords: Climate Change, Climate Justice, Local Governments, Municipalities, Urban Climate Justice

Abstract

Climate change is an issue of social justice, as it affects different social groups in the urban space differently. Yet, while formulating climate action plans, local governments often disregard the relationship between climate change and justice. By using content analysis, this article explores climate change action plans of Turkish municipalities from the perspective of climate justice. It concludes that action plans of Turkish municipalities do not consider climate change as a problem of justice despite the emerging or exacerbated inequalities in the urban space caused by climate change.

Author Biography

Beyza Sarıkoç Yıldırım, Boğaziçi University and Marmara University

Beyza Sarıkoç Yıldırım, from İstanbul (Turkey), is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in “Political Science and Public Administration” at Middle East Technical University in 2012. In 2015, she got her master’s degree in Local Governments and Urban Politics at Marmara University with her thesis entitled “Urban Climate Justice in the Local Climate Change Policies: The Cases of Bursa, Izmir, Nilüfer and Karşıyaka.” Her research interests fall under Comparative Politics and International Relations, specifically environmental politics, climate change, local politics, social justice and climate justice. Currently, she is working as a research assistant in the Department of Local Government at Marmara University.

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2020-06-29
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Sarıkoç Yıldırım, B. (2020). Climate Justice at the Local Level: The Case of Turkey. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 45, 7-30. https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.45.1
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