Sevgi Mutlu Sirakova received BSc and MSc degrees in Biology from Uludag University, Turkey, with a master’s thesis on the breeding birds of Lake Uluabat. Afterwards, she worked for Local Agenda 21 in the city of Bursa and completed an internship in the European Parliament (2008). Since then she has been active in environmental politics, working for several grassroots organizations and acting as president of the Green Thought Association (2012-2017), one of the leading NGOs on climate change and renewable energy issues in Turkey.
In 2018 she completed her second master’s degree in Environment, Politics and Society at University College London, with a thesis titled "From 'connected food' to the 'microbial rift': A qualitative inquiry into multispecies encounters in informal food transfers." Her current research further seeks to explore the cultivation of collaborative survival possibilities with other species by tracing the lost interspecies relationships of food. She joined the Doctoral Program Environment and Society in April 2019.
Dissertation project: Connected Food: An Interdisciplinary Approach into Interspecies Encounters of Food