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Ipek Gencsu

Senior Research Fellow

  • Climate and Sustainability
  • ODI Europe
Portrait of Ipek Gencsu

Ipek has over 10 years of experience in climate and energy policy, with a focus on sustainable finance. She leads ODI’s programme of work on fossil fuel and energy subsidies, bringing together the latest evidence of government support to production and consumption of fossil fuels, and exploring opportunities for reform. Ipek also leads ODI’s work on migration as an opportunity to support low-carbon and climate-compatible development, as part of ODI’s Human Mobility Initiative.

Previously, when she first joined ODI in 2014, Ipek managed and conducted research for the New Climate Economy project, which brought together evidence on the economic benefits of climate-compatible development in energy, cities and land use. She had a leading role in major annual reports and provided direct research support to several high-level members of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Ipek has conducted research, and managed partnerships of work, on a range of topics including: sustainable infrastructure and finance, energy and fossil fuel subsidies, aviation and maritime transport, and land use (forests and agriculture). She has worked on projects on a number of low- and middle-income developing countries, including Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Turkey, as well as the G20 and the EU. 

Her past experience includes climate change, migration and gender justice research and advocacy at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in London, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, and at Oxfam International in New York. She has also campaigned for Oxfam in the US and UK on climate and food justice. 

Ipek has an MSc in Political Theory and a BSc in Philosophy and Economics, both from the London School of Economics, and a Certificate in Global Philanthropy from New York University.

  1. Colombia’s energy transition: 3 opportunities facing President Petro

  2. Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies in Colombia: a crucial step towards a just energy transition

    Working papers

  3. Migration for climate action: how labour mobility can help the green transition

    Working papers

  4. Migration for climate action: how labour mobility can help the green transition

  5. Export finance for the past or the future?

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Our thoughts on COP26 – reflections on the Glasgow Climate Pact

  7. Seven ways the Global Stocktake can accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuel finance


  8. Five ways finance can unlock robust climate action from G20 countries

  9. The Airport Tracker: uncovering aviation emissions

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. Doubling back and doubling down: G20 scorecard on fossil fuel funding

    Research reports

  11. Migration and skills for the low‑carbon transition

    Working papers

  12. Urban energy and the climate emergency: achieving decarbonisation via decentralisation and digitalisation

    Working papers

  13. The production gap: 2019 report

    Research reports

  14. How G20 governments can show real climate leadership

  15. Brown to green: the G20 transition towards a net-zero emissions economy 2019

    Research reports

  16. Dear European Commission president: four priorities to demonstrate global leadership

  17. Fossil fuel subsidies in draft EU National Energy and Climate Plans

    Working papers

  18. Member states not coming clean on fossil fuel subsidies despite EU regulation, study finds

    Press Release

  19. Dear Prime Minister, five priorities for the UK government

  20. G20 support to coal power plants increases by more than double – new report

    Press Release

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