Sevil Acar AYTEKİN

Assoc. Prof.
Phone Number: 
0 212 359 71 82
0 212 265 21 19
  • Lisans:  İktisat - Boğaziçi Üniversitesi (2000-2005)
  • Y. Lisans:  İktisat – İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi (2005-2007)
  • Doktora: İktisat – Marmara Üniversitesi (İngilizce) (2007-2011)
Research Projects: 
  • Researcher for the Project: “Turkish Capacity Remuneration Mechanism: An evaluation based on economics, environment, and energy security”, directed by Tunç Durmaz, YTU TTO. 2019 December-2020 December
  • Researcher for TUSIAD Project: “Ekonomi Göstergeleri Merceğinden Yeni İklim Rejimi” [New Climate Regime through the Lens of Economic Indicators], directed by Prof. Erinç Yeldan (2020)
  • Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

(IPBES) Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia (June 2015-2018)

  • Project co-director for “Enerjinin Vergisel Teşviki: Enerji Politikasında Mali Şeffaflığın Arttırılması” [Tax Incentives for Energy: Increasing Fiscal Transparency in Energy Policy] with Leyla Ateş, Altınbaş Uni. (2018)
  • Researcher for TUBITAK 1001 Project: “Sustainable Growth and Mitigation of Climate Change in a Dual Economy: A Regional General Equilibrium Analysis for Turkey”, directed by Prof. Erinç Yeldan (2015-2018)
  • Researcher for TUSIAD Project: “Ekonomi Politikaları Perspektifinden İklim Değişikliğiyle Mücadele” [Climate Change Mitigation from an Economic Policy Perspective], directed by Prof. Erinç Yeldan (2016-2017)
  • Researcher for TUBITAK 3001 Project: “The impact of economic growth on the location of non-carbon ecological footprint”, directed by Assoc. Prof. Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı (2015-2016)
  • Key staff member of the Jean Monnet Project: “Building Bridges to Europe and to the World” (553065-EPP-1-2014-1-TR-EPPJMO-CHAIR), chaired by Prof. Angelo Santagostino (2014-2017)
  • Project advisor for “Greening the Climate, Greening the Economy”, carried out by Yeşil Düşünce Derneği, Istanbul Policy Centre, Sabancı University, funded by the European Union (15.02.2016 – 15.05.2017)
  • Project partner for “Preparation of background research on a holistic criticism of coal power plants and an academic declaration”, carried out with Istanbul Policy Centre, Sabancı University, funded by European Climate Foundation (09.03.2015 – 09.12.2015)
  • Project partner for “Coal Subsidies and Renewable Energy in Turkey”, carried out with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI), Switzerland, funded by European Climate Foundation (18.08.2014-31.03.2015)
  • Technical Advisor for Green Accounting, UNDP Poverty-Environment Initiative Project in Tajikistan (23.06.2014-22.12.2014)
  • Researcher for “Carbon Convergence: Driving Forces and Policy Implications”, Project carried out at the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE), Umeå University, Sweden, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency (01.12.2011- 31.12.2014)
  • Project director for “Fossil Fuel Subsidies as a Lose-Lose: Fiscal and Environmental Burdens in Turkey”, carried out with Dr. Stamatios Christopoulos from the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre, funded by Istanbul Kemerburgaz University (01.01.2013-31.12.2013)


Research Interests: 

•             Climate change

•             Environmental and macroeconomic impacts of energy policies

•             Economics of natural resources; the paradox of plenty

•             Ecological footprint

•             Carbon convergence


Selected Publications: 

Ates, L. and Acar, S. 2020. Tax expenditures for renewable energy in Turkey, in Patricia Alderete, Marcos Maximiliano Cáceres Falkiewicz, Rodolfo Rubén Salassa Boix eds. Tributación ambiental y energías renovables en Argentina, Córdoba: Advocatus, ISBN 978-987-551-414-0, pp: 581-606 [Book chapter]

Lindmark, M. and Acar, S. 2019. Riders on the Storm: How hard did Robert Gordon’s environmental headwind blow in the past?, in Acar, S. and Yeldan, E. eds. Handbook of Green Economics, Elsevier, pp. 135-151. [Book chapter]

Acar, S. and Yeldan, E. 2019. Handbook of Green Economics, Elsevier (Academic Press) ISBN 9780128166352. [Book]

Ates, L. and Acar, S. 2019. Increasing fiscal transparency in energy policies, in Ezcurra, M.V., Milne, J.E., Ashiabor, H. and Andersen, M.S. eds. “Environmental Fiscal Challenges for Cities and Transport: Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation series”, Chapter 18. DOI:, pp. 257–272, Edward Elgar Publishing. [Book chapter]

Singh, G.G., Hilmi, N., Bernhardt, J.R., Montemayor, A.M.C., Cashion, M., Ota, Y., Acar, S. et al. 2019. Climate impacts on the ocean are making the Sustainable Development Goals a moving target traveling away from us, People and Nature, published in Early View on 12 June, 2019, DOI:10.1002/pan3.26

Hilmi, N., Osborn, D., Acar, S. et al. 2019. Socio-economic tools to mitigate the impacts of ocean acidification on economies and communities reliant on coral reefs–a framework for prioritization, Regional Studies in Marine Science. Volume 28, April 2019, [SCI Expanded]

Lebrec, M., Stefanski, S., Gates, R., Acar, S. et al. 2019. Ocean acidification impacts in select Pacific Basin coral reef ecosystems. Regional Studies in Marine Science, Volume 28, April 2019, 100584. [SCI Expanded]

Acar, S. 2018. Türkiye’nin Büyüme Patikası Çevre ve Doğal Kaynaklar Açısından Sürdürülebilir mi?, in Engin, N. et al. eds. “Türkiye Ekonomisinde Kalkınma ve Dönüşüm”, pp. 423-450. İmge Kitabevi, ISBN 978-975-533-920-7. [Book chapter]

Acar, S. and Yeldan, E. 2018. Investigating Patterns of Carbon Convergence in an Uneven Economy: The Case of Turkey, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. Volume 46, September 2018, Pages 96-106 [SSCI]

Acar, S., Challe, S., Christopoulos, S. and Christo, G. 2018. Fossil fuel subsidies as a lose-lose: Fiscal and environmental burdens in Turkey, New Perspectives on Turkey. Volume 58 (May 2018), pp. 93-124 [SSCI]

Aşıcı, A.A. and Acar, S. 2018. How Does Environmental Regulation Affect Production Location of Non-Carbon Ecological Footprint?, Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 178 (20 March 2018): 927–936 [SSCI]

Acar, S., Söderholm, P., Brännlund, R. 2018. Convergence of per capita carbon dioxide emissions: Implications and meta-analysis, Climate Policy. 18(4): 512-525. [SSCI]

Acar, S., Voyvoda, E. and Yeldan, E. 2018. Macroeconomics of Climate Change in a Dualistic Economy: A Regional General Equilibrium Analysis. Elsevier, ISBN 9780128135198 (Jan 2018). [Book]

Acar, S. and Lindmark, M. 2017. Convergence of CO2 emissions and economic growth in the OECD countries: Did the type of fuel matter? Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy. Vol. 12(7): 618-627. [SCI Expanded]

Aşıcı, A.A. and Acar, S. 2017. The carbon footprint of countries’ production and imports: an Environmental Kuznets Curve approach, Region et Développement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, Vol. 46: 7-19.

Acar, S. 2017. The Curse of Natural Resources: A Developmental Analysis in a Comparative Context. Palgrave Macmillan US, ISBN 978-1-137-58722-0. [Book]

Acar, S. and Tekçe, M. 2017. The EU Trade Policy from Multilateralism to Bilateralism, in Santagostino, A. ed. “The Single European Market and Trade Policy”, pp. 186-196. Cambridge Scholars, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-7902-6. [Book chapter]

Acar, S. and Aşıcı, A.A. 2017. Nature and Economic Growth in Turkey: What Does Ecological Footprint Imply?, Middle East Development Journal. Vol. 9(1):101-115.Routledge. DOI:10.1080/17938120.2017.1288475

Acar, S. and Lindmark, M. 2016. Periods of converging carbon dioxide emissions from oil combustion in a pre- Kyoto context. Environmental Development. Vol. 19 (July): 1-9.

Acar, S. and Gültekin-Karakaş, D. 2016. Questioning Turkey’s “Miracle” Growth from a Sustainability Perspective, Journal of Environment and Development. 25(2): 131-158. doi:10.1177/1070496516636652 [SSCI]

Acar, S. and Yeldan, E. 2016. Environmental Impacts of Coal Subsidies in Turkey: A General Equilibrium Analysis, Energy Policy, Volume 90, Pages 1-15.  doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2015.12.003 [SSCI]

Aşıcı, A.A. and Acar, S. 2016. Does income growth relocate ecological footprint?, Ecological Indicators, Volume 61, Part 2, Pages 707–714. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.10.022 [SCI Expanded]

Acar, S. 2016. Inequality Impacts of Oil Dependence in the MENA, in Guzman, M. and Stiglitz, J.E. eds. “Contemporary Issues in Microeconomics”, pp. 77-87. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016 (International Economic Association Series), ISBN 978-1-137-52970-1. [Book chapter]

Acar, S. and Karahasan, B.C. 2015. Uncovering Norway’s Regional Disparities with respect to Natural Riches. Region. Volume 2, Number 1, 1-31.

Pettersson, F., Maddison, D., Acar, S., and Söderholm, P. 2014. Convergence of Carbon Dioxide Emissions: A Review of the Literature, International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, 7(2), 141‐178.

Lindmark, M. and Acar, S. 2014. The Environmental Kuznets Curve and the Pasteur Effect: Environmental Costs in Sweden 1850-2000, European Review of Economic History 18(3): 306-323. [SSCI]

Acar, S. 2013. Industrial Employment, Emissions and Sustainability in Turkey, in Blanpain, R., Dereli, T., Soykut-Sarica, P. and Sen-Tasbasi, A. eds. “Emerging Patterns of Work and Turkish Labour Market Challenges under Globalization”, Kluwer Law International, Nov 2013. ISBN 904114983X. [Book chapter]

Aşıcı, A. A. and Acar, S. 2013. Ekolojik Ayak İzimiz Ne Söylüyor?: Türkiye'de Büyüme-Doğa İlişkisi, in Aşıcı, A. A., Gültekin-Karakaş, D., Hisarcıklılar, M., İlkkaracan, İ. and Kaya, T. eds. "Ümit Şenesen'e Armağan Paylaşımlar: Sayılarla Türkiye Ekonomisi", Literatür Yayınları, pp. 271-298. [Book chapter]

Lindmark, M. and Acar, S. 2013. Sustainability in the Making? A Historical Estimate of Swedish Sustainable and Unsustainable Development 1850-2000, Ecological Economics, 86(February): 176-187. [SSCI]

Acar, S. and Dogruel, F. 2012. Sources of Inequality in Selected MENA Countries, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 23 (3): 276–285, September.

Gültekin-Karakaş, D. and Acar, S. 2011. Sectoral Transformation of Turkish Free Zones, İktisat, İşletme ve Finans, 26 (305): 57-84. [SSCI]

Acar, S. 2009. Globalization and Labor Markets: Gendered Dynamics, E-cadernos CES, No. 5, 12/2009, pp. 92-118, ISSN: 1647-0737, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra. DOI: 10.4000/eces.290

Acar, S. and Tekce, M. 2008. From Multilateralism to Bilateralism: The Evolution of Global Trade Policies, Marmara University Journal of Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Vol. XXIV, No.1: 105-123.




Graduate courses:

  • Environment, Sustainability and Tourism
  • Current Sustainability Issues in the World Economy
  • Graduate Seminar


Undergraduate courses:

  • Economics I
  • Economics II