Beril Ocaklı

Research Associate
Centre for East European and International Studies

Phone: +49 (30) 2005949-50

Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)
Mohrenstr. 60
10117 Berlin

De:link//Re:link Project:

China, the EU and economic development in Easter Europe and Eurasia

Dr. Beril Ocaklı

Research Interests


Beril Ocaklı is a critical geographer and institutional economist. In her interdisciplinary and multi-method research, she follows discourses and practices of modernity, governance and development through extractive infrastructure projects, above and below ground, along corridors and roads, in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Therein, she also engages China’s growing footprint in the region, most notably through mining and connectivity infrastructures. Before joining ZOiS, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She also completed her PhD in Human Geography there and still maintains her connection as a guest scholar. Her incentive to return to academia after a career in development cooperation was her many years of experience in leading transdisciplinary projects on resource governance on behalf of the German government, the EU and other multilateral organisations. Her studies in International Economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary and Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK led her to development cooperation.

Selected Publications

Articles in refereed journals

Other publications

In preparation