Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı


IPC Fellowship

Granting institution

Period of the Fellowship

August 2020 - August 2021

Project title

The “Green New Deal for Turkey” to tackle the climate crisis

Project description

The interconnectedness of economic, social, and ecological problems requires a simultaneous response. The Green New Deal (GND), which aims to decarbonize the economy by transforming industries, regulating markets, and incentivizing lifestyle changes, is argued to be the only realistic proposal to tackle the “triple crisis.” Having been on an unsustainable growth path for so long, the Turkish economy needs to be transformed as well. A “Green New Deal for Turkey” has the potential to revive economic activities and reduce unemployment by creating a climate-friendly economy.
This project aims to fill the gap by focusing on three questions that will be important in the design of the “Green New Deal for Turkey.” After introducing the concept of the GND and outlining the EU’s European Green Deal, the project aims to closely examine the Turkish economy and measure the risks it will be exposed to in case of no transformation and to calculate the green net job creation within transformed sectors.

Short biography

Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı has worked as an associate professor of economics at Istanbul Technical
University, Department of Management Engineering since 2009. He received his PhD in
Economics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007. While pursuing his PhD studies,
he worked as an economic officer at UNCTAD between 2005 and 2006. Aşıcı received his MA
degree in economics from Bosphorus University in 1999 and his BS degree in management
engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1996. During the 2017/2018 academic year, he
spent one year conducting research at the University of Oregon, USA.

His current research concentrates on the green economic transformation. Aşıcı has published
extensively on the relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability and
subjective well-being in respected academic journals.