Alevgul Sorman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Societal energy metabolism



Alev Sorman is currently a postdoctoral researcher within the Integrated Assessment group at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She received her PhD from the same institute in 2011 focusing on the “Energetic Metabolism of Societies”. Her main area of focus is applying the Multi Scale Integrated Assessment of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM) approach for the characterization of energy systems of societies. She has also collaborated in projects applying the MuSIASEM framework to different cases; analyzing tourism dynamics in the Galapagos Islands and investigating water metabolism and options of conflict resolution on the island of Cyprus. Alev holds a BSc in Environmental Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey with a period spent abroad at Rice University – Houston, Texas, USA. She completed her masters in 2007, with an MSc degree in LUMES – Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund, Sweden. She has previously been a visiting researcher at Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Instituto de Altos Estudios (Ecuador) and the Italian National Institute for Statistics (Italy). In 2012, she also participated in the 24th Ship for World Youth (SWY) Programme hosted by the The International Youth Exchange Organization of Japan (IYEO).

She has co-authored two books on energy metabolism of societies published by Routledge, contributed to “Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era” (Routledge, 2014) and published in outlets such as Global Environmental Change, Energy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Ecological Modelling and International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics.

She has experience working on European Projects (FP6, FP7, EuropeAid and H2020) as well as projects through International (WWF, PRIO) and Regional funding (AGAUR).

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