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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Beril Ocaklı

Doctoral Researcher
Exploring conflict and cooperation in coupled social-ecological systems


  • Conflict and cooperation in coupled social-ecological systems
  • Development economics and practice
  • Participatory multi-methods & transdisciplinary research


"One of the lessons my work in international development has thought me is to seek out the zones of compromise and to distance the mindset from the comfortable blacks or whites. Inspired by this, during my work at IRI THESys I will focus on understanding land-water transformations induced by mining activity and this way my research aims at identifying the key factors for turning conflict situations, which arise along the series of interactions within given human-environment systems, into those of cooperation.” Beril Ocaklı


Beril Ocaklı is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys. Alongside her doctoral research, she continues working full-time for the Federation of German Industry, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, where she is implementing the GIZ project „Mineral Resources for Development in Central Asia“ since 2012.

After obtaining her BA degree at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary in 2006 in International Economics, she went on to pursue her master studies in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and received her MSc degree in 2007. From 2007 to 2012, Beril worked in an international development consulting company, where she managed numerous development projects in the field of private sector development. Within the framework of her employment she also worked three years in Tajikistan in the GIZ project „Framework and Finance for Private Sector Development“.

In June 2015 Beril joined the IRI THESys Research Group on „Transformations and uncertainties of land-water systems“ led by Prof. Tobias Krüger. Her work within the research group will focus on understanding the interrelations between mining and land-water systems in Kyrgyzstan and thereby will examine the transformations caused by resource extraction as an important milestone in the studies of environmental conflict and cooperation.

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