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Sinan Erensü


The Light Bulb and the Oak Tree: Politics of Space Meets the Ballot Box


Browsing the depths of social media for alternative and local takes on politics is not merely a form of procrastination but also, and more so, a great way to learn about unpublished concerns, rumors, and disappointments. And the fact that they are all untamed by political correctness is surely a big plus. Since the 7 June elections that ended the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) thirteen-year-long single party rule in Turkey, I have been heavily involved in such social ...

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Sinan Erensü


Sinan Erensü is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and a graduate fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. His research interests lie at the intersection of critical development studies, political ecology and urban & rural theory. More specifically he works on new energy landscapes and politics of infrastructure with a particular focus on Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. He holds an M.Phil degree in Sociology from the University of Cambridge and a BA degree in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University. He blogs here and his publications are accessible here.