Ali K. Saysel is a researcher on socio-ecological sustainability. He graduated from TED Ankara High School in 1985. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering (1990) and MS (1993) and PhD (1999) degrees in Environmental Science and Technology from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. After his post-doc in the New University of Lisbon, Environmental Systems Analysis Group in 2000, Dr. Saysel joined the System Dynamics group in the Geography Department of the University of Bergen, as an associate professor. In 2004, he returned back to the Institute of Environmental Sciences and since then, continued his teaching and research on systems and sustainability in Boğaziçi University, İstanbul. Dr. Saysel is an interdisciplinary systems scholar practicing dynamic modeling, computer simulations, gaming and decision experiments to investigate human-ecosystem interactions and chronic socio-ecological problems. His research focuses on strategic management problems at the food-water-energy nexus. Specifically, he developed dynamic simulators and computer games, and conducted decision experiments to study resource over-exploitation problems in irrigation schemes, agricultural production, fisheries, and worked on carbon mitigation and fuel substitution in electric power generation.
Dr. Saysel is a member of the international System Dynamics Society and serves as an associate editor of the System Dynamics Review. He is appointed as a lead author for the United Nation's Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), first global assessment (2016-19). He is affiliated with the disciplines of Ecological Economics and Political Ecology. His research is published in diverse peer reviewed scholarly journals. He is involved in conversations and conflicts around pressing environmental agendas, writes commentaries and gives lectures aiming to highlight the power and politics involved in contemporary environmental problems.