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Dr. Vakur Sumer has been working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey. Sumer has published several journal articles and book chapters. He also has attended a number of international and national academic conferences. Sumer has received his Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Davis, in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy during the 2008-2009 academic year. His areas of focus include water issues, transboundary rivers, environmental politics, and Turkey’s accession to the European Union. Sumer is a member of ISA (International Studies Association), Environmental Studies Section of ISA, and International Water Association.

Recent select publications include:

  • Sumer, V. (2013), Legal Context in Water Management Policy in Turkey: Evolution of a Complex Framework in Three Stages”, in Ayşegül Kibaroğlu, Rüdiger Wolfrum, Sigrid  Mehring, and Adele Kirschner  (eds.), “Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates Tigris Basin: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach”, Brill: Leiden, 2013, forthcoming.
  • Sumer, V., Kibaroglu, A., Scheumann, W., (2012) “Fundamental Shifts in Turkey’s Water Policy”, in Revue Méditerranée, Vol. 119, pp. 27-34.
  • Sumer, V., Muluk, C. (2011),“Challenges for Turkey to Implement the EU Water Framework Directive”, in Ayşegül Kibaroğlu, Axel Klaphake, Annika Kramer, and Waltina Scheumann (eds.) Turkey’s Water Policy, National Frameworks and International Cooperation, Springer-Verlag: Berlin pp. 43-68.
  • Sumer, V., and Kibaroglu, A. (2007),   “Diverging Water Management Paradigms between Turkey and the European Union”, in Water International, Vol. 32, No. 5, pp. 739-749.