Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
Co-Director, Social Justice Centre
Bengi Akbulut received her B.A. from Boğaziçi University (2004) and PhD from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2011), both in economics.
Dr. Akbulut’s research is in political economy, ecological and feminist economics. She has worked extensively on the political economy of development and critiques of developmentalism, with a particular focus on Turkey. A significant part of her recent work focuses on economic alternatives, including community economies, commons and degrowth. She is currently working on two related themes within this broader field: the first focuses on developing a case for economic democracy from an ecological economics perspective; the second is on the question of work and the future of work from a degrowth perspective.
Dr. Akbulut’s joint and independent work appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Development and Change, Journal of Peasant Studies, Ecological Economics and Geoforum, among others. She has also co-edited the book Neoliberal Turkey and its Discontents: Economic Policy and the Environment in the Justice and Development Party Era (IB Tauris, 2017) with Fikret Adaman and Murat Arsel.
Dr. Akbulut is a part of the research group on democratic economic planning at the Research Center on Social Innovations and Transformations (CRITS) of the Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation at St. Paul University and a member of the Centre de Recherche sur les Innovations Sociales (CRISES).