Özge graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Sociology in 2016, and completed her Master’s Degree in 2018 with the Programme of Social Projects Management and Organization, Marmara University. Her master’s thesis is about organizing practices of local ecological movements.
Having completed her thesis, Özge continues to support these movements as an activist. She has volunteered, and continues to volunteer, in many non-governmental organizations, mostly environmental-oriented. Thanks to these voluntary acts, she was able to experience numerous movements on natural conservation in various areas in Turkey. These movements range from specific species conservation acts, such as bird counting and sea turtle conservation, to local activism initiatives such as activities against mines and thermal power plants.
Özge looks forward to recognizing different local cultures and observing the relationships between culture and geography and the way in which they all contribute to local activism. She is proud to be a part of rural life and seeks every opportunity to contribute towards enhancing it. She would like to learn about new research methods produced in the global field, witness different forms of advocacy and develop solutions by establishing a link between policy makers and local communities in environmental interventions.