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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Özge Can Doğmuş

Doctoral Researcher
The green face of capitalism: Hydropower plant investments and neoliberal enclosures


  • Renewable energy investments as a part of green developmentalism
  • Neoliberalisation of nature and the enclosure of the commons
  • The role of the state in neoliberal market expansion


"As having a sociological background and now being a part of IRI THESys, I will have a chance of widening my critical view on socio-economic and ecological impacts of ‘green’ investments. As a part of green economy discourse, renewable energy investments are advertised as sustainable. During my research, I will look at whether renewable energy investments are a way of neoliberalisation of nature, i.e. enclosure of the commons." Özge Can Doğmuş

Özge Can Doğmuş is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys. She received her MSc degree in Global Social Change at the University of Edinburgh in 2014. Her dissertation was on neoliberal privatisation of water as commons with a focus on the case of hydro-electric power plants in Turkey.

Since August 2015, Özge is a part of IRI THESys Research Group on "Integrative Geography'" which is led by Jonas Østergaard Nielsen. Her main interest is commodification of the natural commons - i.e. water, land - and dispossession of locals under the guise of the green economy. Her research will focus on how, to what extent, and with what consequences for local lives neoliberal capitalism takes advantage of renewable energy investments.

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