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Mustafa Ozgur Bozcaga
Research Assistant , International non-profit, Government agency
Cambridge, United States
Multilingual professional interested in research and project management positions in the areas of accountability, sustainability, water and agricultural governance, and rural development. Have experience in international, non-profit, and government organizations, and expertise in political science, political economy, quantitative analysis, STATA, R, Python, and text analysis.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
I started my career in 5th World Water Forum as a member of the Political Process team and coauthor of the two most important outputs of the forum, the Final and Synthesis Reports. I worked in bringing together politicians from all over the world responsible for water-related environment, agriculture, and energy policies, as well as socio-economic issues. In addition to managing the design and implementation processes of the forum, I also provided content for the agenda of two intergovernmental meetings which took place in December 2008 in Geneva UN Headquarters and in January 2009 in Rome FAO Headquarters, and coordinated the outputs circulated as a UN General Assembly document (A/63/852). In addition, I have also taken part in managing and monitoring the events of “Farmers” and “Local Governments” Major Groups. Finally, after the completion of the Forum, I coordinated the most comprehensive volume of the Forum outcomes, the synthesis report, in addition to additional publications.
Following my duty in the Forum, I became an assistant researcher in Economic Development Foundation, one of the most prominent non-profit platforms in Turkey. I was primarily responsible for conducting research projects, gathering data, and presenting analyses on agriculture, rural development, sustainable development, and environment issues and reforms. In addition, I initiated a project in cooperation with agricultural producers which aimed at targeting collective action and supply chain problems among farmer cooperatives.
Finally, I was offered a job in the Government as an expert, in which I focused on accountability and governance reforms. My duties consisted of conducting qualitative and quantitative research for the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) legislative committees and drafting legislations in the areas of political and social development and local administration. In addition to my research duties, I acted as a sector expert for projects related to corruption and local government reports and provided project preparation and evaluation assistance to stakeholders for projects funded by the European Commission.
Researcher, Boston University, 2015 - Present
M.A. in Politics and Political Economy, New York University, 2013-2015 (GPA:3.86/4.00)
B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, 2003 - 2010
International Secondary and High School Education, Robert College, 1996-2003
Affiliations and Achievements:
Honors and Fellowships
BU Hariri Institute Grant Research Fellowship, 2016
BU Dean’s Fellowship, 2015-present
Hamilton Certificate in Political Economy, NYU Alexander Hamilton Center, 2015 NYU Tuition Incentive Plan Scholarship ($22,049), 2013-2015
Turk Petrol Foundation Scholarship ($35,000), 2013-2015
Robert College Board Scholarship, 1996-2003

Academic Publications
“Turkey and Transboundary Waters: Thinking an Area of Cooperation with a Multidimensional Approach - Tu ¨rkiye ve Sinira ¸san Sular: Bir I ? ¸sbirli ?gi Alanini C ¸ok Boyutlu Du ¨ ¸su ¨nmek.” with I. Erzi and A.M. Saat ¸ci. TU ¨BA (Turkish Academy of Sciences) Gu ¨nce. 40. (April 2010): 23-28
“Public Private Partnerships: The Quest for Sustainability in Water Service Provision - Kamu O ¨zel Sekt ¨or Ortakliklari: Su Hizmetlerinde Su ¨rdu ¨ru ¨lebilirlik Arayi ¸si.” with I. Erzi and A.M. Saat ¸ci. TU ¨BA (Turkish Academy of Sciences) Gu ¨nce. 40. (April 2010): 36-43
“Rice in the World and in Turkey: A Projection for 2015.” in Turkey’s Agricultural Products in the Context of EU Accession, edited by B. Bugdayoglu. Istanbul: Bogazic ¸i University Press, June 2007.

“In Search of New State Capitalism: Reflections on New Paths of SOE Management in China, Brazil and Turkey.” Journal of Political Inquiry 8 (Spring 2014): 1-22.
“Agriculture.” In An Istanbul Perspective on Bridging Divides for Water, edited by I. Erzi. Istanbul: 5th World Water Forum Secretariat, June 2010.
“Governance and Finance.” with I. Erzi. In An Istanbul Perspective on Bridging Divides for Water, edited by I. Erzi. Istanbul: 5th World Water Forum Secretariat, June 2010.

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    English, French, Arabic, Turkish
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