dr. G. Özerol (Gül)

Associate Professor


Social Sciences
Water Resources Management
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Water Management


Gül holds a PhD in Governance for Sustainability from the University of Twente, an MSc degree in Integrated Assessment from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and BSc and MSc degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Her main research expertise is in actor-based and institutional analysis of natural resource governance, focusing on water, energy and land resources. 

Gül is keen to improve the scientific and practical foundations of the political, social and ecological dimensions of sustainability through applying transdisciplinary and comparative methods. She has been participating in and managing collaborative projects in Europe, North America, Middle East and North Africa, and acquired local experience in Turkey, Palestine, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.

Research Interests

  • Water, energy and climate governance
  • Participation, conflict, gender and justice
  • Transdisciplinary and comparative research methods


Mirhanoğlu, A. , Özerol, G., Hoogesteger, J., VAN DEN BROECK, P., & Loopmans, M. (2023). Socio-Material Bricolage: (Co)Shaping of Irrigation Institutions and Infrastructures. International journal of the commons, 17(1), 69-86. https://doi.org/10.5334/ijc.1188
Bressers, H. T. A. , & Özerol, G. (2022). Coping with extreme events in midsize cities: Enabling practitioners to assess the supportiveness of their governance context. Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Climate Change & Water 2022, Tours, France.
Mirhanoğlu, A., Loopmans, M. , & Özerol, G. (2022). Social Head-Enders: Access and Authority in Irrigation Governance. Society and Natural Resources, 35(2), 185-203. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2021.2009944
Feenstra, M. H. (2021). Gender just energy policy: engendering the energy transition in Europe. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036551960

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Gül is the project manager for the University of Twente in CATCH and C5a, EU Interreg projects on climate resilience in the North Sea Region; and the editor of Fanack Water, an online media platform on water issues in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Between 2013 and 2020 she has been the coordinator of the Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Programme on Water (PADUCO). 

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 1155
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  1155
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands