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Ipek Gençsü

Senior Research Fellow

  • Climate and Sustainability
  • ODI Europe
Portrait of Ipek Gençsü

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. Can two successive COPs in the MENA region galvanise a clean energy transition?

  2. Five opportunities for Nigeria to lead a clean and just energy transition at COP27 and beyond

  3. Nigeria’s energy transition: reforming fossil fuel subsidies and other financing opportunities

    Documents de travail

  4. Think Change episode 13: how do we solve the fossil fuel problem?

  5. Climate Transparency Report 2022

    Rapports de recherche

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

    Documents de travail

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

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

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

    Documents de travail

  10. Export finance for the past or the future?

    Documents d’information/de politique

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

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

    Boîte à outils/lignes directrices

  13. The Production Gap 2021

    Rapports de recherche

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

  15. The Airport Tracker: uncovering aviation emissions

    Documents d’information/de politique

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

    Rapports de recherche

  17. Migration and skills for the low‑carbon transition

    Documents de travail

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

    Documents de travail

  19. The production gap: 2019 report

    Rapports de recherche

  20. How G20 governments can show real climate leadership

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