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Ethemcan Turhan


Soma, Ermenek, Yirca: Can Anti-Coal Activists Defend Coal Miners and Olive Farmers?


The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 mine workers in Soma on 14 May 2014 brought forward the country’s fragile mix of social injustice, lack of occupational safety, and a fossil-fuel-dependent energy policy. This was by no means the first time that miners had died in a coal pit several hundreds of meters beneath our feet. Indeed, as İş Güvenliği Meclisi reports, ...

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Ethemcan Turhan


Ethemcan Turhan is an environmental social scientist with a background in environmental engineering and political ecology. He received his MA and PhD from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) and a BSc from Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey). He was a visiting researcher at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in early 2014. Currently, he is a Mercator-IPC fellow at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University (İstanbul, Turkey). He can be reached via ethemcanturhan[at] or @muhalefetserhi on Twitter.