Doctoral Researcher

Beril Ocaklı is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys. She holds a BA in International Economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary (2006) and a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), UK (2007). She has a track record of leading international transdisciplinary cooperation projects on behalf of the German Federal Government, EU and other multinational organisations in resource governance in Eurasia.

Challenged by the realities on the ground, in 2015 she returned to academia and joined IRI THESys for pursuing her doctoral research on resource conflicts in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Beril conducts multi-method research at the intersection of critical institutional economics, geography and anthropology focusing on extractivisms and alternatives. She is a member of the Research Group on ‘Hydrology & Society’ and of the ‘Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations’ at the Institute of European Ethnology.

Within the framework of her research project “Extractive socionatures and resistance. The un/making of Kyrgyzstan’s Gold Rush”, Beril explores multi-scalar valuations, discourses, practices that make and unmake Kyrgyzstan’s gold rush.

In 2018, she initiated the Mining Working Group with fellow colleagues. The Working Group brings IRI researchers working on different types and aspects of mining and resource extraction in dialogue. In 2019-2020, she served at the Executive Council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) as the first early-career officer and founded with fellow scholars the Early Career Network of the IASC.

Research Interests

  • Socionatural conditions of making and unmaking of resource frontiers
  • Sociomaterialities of gold extractivism and activism
  • Critical interdisciplinary research drawing on institutional economics, geography and anthropology
  • Multi-method research spanning ethnographic work, behavioural experiments, institutional analysis

Selected Publications

Ocaklı, Beril, Tobias Krueger, Marco A. Janssen, and Ulan Kasymov. 2021. “Taking the discourse seriously: Rational self-interest and resistance to mining in Kyrgyzstan.”  Ecological Economics 189:107177. doi: (preprint available upon request)

Ocaklı, Beril, and Jörg Niewöhner. under review. ” Making and unmaking gold as a resource. Resistant socionatures in Maidan, Kyrgyzstan.” Geoforum

Ocaklı, Beril, Tobias Krueger, and Jörg Niewöhner. 2020. “Shades of Conflict in Kyrgyzstan: National Actor Perceptions and Behaviour in Mining.”  International Journal of the Commons 14 (1):191-207. doi: 10.5334/ijc.988.

Coppenrath, Florian, Lukas Dünser, Beril Ocaklı, Robin Roth und Julia Tappeiner. 2020. “Fünf Stans auf der Suche.” Südwind


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