Berkan Özyer

Researcher, Vision 2050 Office, Istanbul Planning Agency

Berkan Özyer graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Political Science in 2010 with a double major in History. Later, he worked as a journalist on various topics in different media outlets including Newsweek Turkey, Evening, Haberturk, NTV History, #tarih, EkoIQ. He completed his master's degree at Kadir Has University with his thesis on Iran's post-revolutionary Syria policy and simultaneously studied Persian language at Tehran Shahid Beheshti University. Afterwards, he worked as a campaigner for Greenpeace Akdeniz's agri-food campaigns. He carried out national and international campaigns for the prohibition of banned pesticides in Turkey, food safety, cities to encourage make policies in the field of food system, and producer and consumer behaviors. He is currently working as a researcher in the field of agriculture-food policies at the Vision 2050 Office of the Istanbul Planning Agency, which is under the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. His research topics include food supply system, agricultural policies of local and central governments, climate crisis, consumption habits, civil society and solidarity networks.