Mehmet Efe Biresselioglu is a Professor of Energy Policy in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, founding Dean of Graduate School and Head of Sustainable Energy Division at Izmir University of Economics. He is also acting as the Management Board Member of European Energy Research Alliance’s (EERA) Joint Programme on Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of Energy Policies and Technologies, and the Head of Izmir Circle of Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly (ACIMEDIT).
He is the recipient of Turkey’s most prestigious science award for scholars under 40 – TÜBİTAK Young Scientist Incentive Award on Social Sciences (2020).
He has been acting as Work Package Manager in several Horizon 2020 projects, including ECHOES, EERADATA, eCREW, ENCHANT, DIALOGUES and CAMPAIGNers. Moreover, he has been acting as Coordinator in TUBITAK and BAP supported projects. He is also currently working as a researcher in the project CURE funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
He also taught as a Visiting Lecturer on Energy policy at Den Haag University (the Netherlands), University of Aalborg (Denmark), Budapest College of Management (Hungary), University of Salerno (Italy) and University of Minho (Portugal).
Previous to his current positions, he acted as a Lecturer at EU’s INOGATE Programme (Baku, Azerbaijan), Sr. Visiting Research Fellow in Norwegian Institute of International Affairs’ Energy Program (Oslo, Norway), and non-resident Jr. Fellow at Finnish Business and Policy Forum (Helsinki, Finland).
He completed his Ph.D. at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy and also received his ‘Doctor Europaeus’ degree with the approval of Confederation of EU Rectors. He received his MA in European Studies from Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at University of Turku, Finland and his BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University, Turkey. He is also proud to be a graduate of TED Ankara College for his high school education similar to many of his family members.
His current research focuses on (1) examining the role of energy security in energy policy making, (2) analyzing individual and collective energy choices and social acceptance of energy transitions, (3) assessing the existing energy and environment policies and targets, (4) developing methodologies for impact assessment of political, economic, technologic shifts in energy and environment domain, and (5) resource curse.
He published several articles related to energy issues in the leading journals such as Nature Scientific Reports, Energy Policy, Journal for Cleaner Production, Energy and Energy Research&Social Science. He is also the author of the “European Energy Security: Turkey’s Future Role and Impact” (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and the editor of “Enerji Güvenliği Perspektifinden Türkiye’ye Bakış” (TR:EHAEY, 2015). He is also acting as an Associate Editor for Frontiers Environmental Psychology Journal.