I am Professor of Political Economy of Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. My doctoral education was at the University of Cambridge. I was a post-doctoral lecturer at the University of Chicago. I have held the Keyman Family Visiting Professorship at Northwestern University and I am Adjunct Professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. I am the Chair of the Editorial Board of Development and Change.


Situated firmly within development studies and informed by political ecology, heterodox economics, social theory, and agrarian political economy, my work focuses on the tensions between nature, capitalism, and emancipatory socio-economic change.  

Recent papers:

Adaman, F., Arsel, M., and Akbulut, N. (2018) "Neoliberal developmentalism, authoritarian populism, and extractivism in the countryside: The Soma mining disaster in Turkey" ERPI Conference Paper No. 63, ISS.


Arsel, M., F. Adaman and B. Akbulut (2017) "‘A Few Environmentalists’? Interrogating the ‘Political’ in the Gezi Park" in F. Adaman, B. Akbulut and M. Arsel (eds.) Neoliberal Turkey and Its Discontents: Economic and Environmental Policy Under Erdogan, London: I.B. Tauris: 191:206.