Gökçe Günel

Assistant Professor - School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Adaptation Projects

  • As an anthropologist, I work on the social aspects of climate change adaptation projects in the Arabian Peninsula.

Selected Adaptation Publications

  • Günel, Gökçe, 2017. A dark art: Field notes on carbon capture and storage negotiations at COP 17, Durban.  Reprint in Energy Humanities: An Anthology, ed. by Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman, Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 261-269.
  • Günel, Gökçe, 2016. The infinity of water: Climate change adaptation in the Arabian Peninsula. Public Culture, Special Issue on “Climate Change and the Future of Cities,” 28(2) 79: 291–315.
  • Günel, Gökçe, 2016. What is carbon dioxide? When is carbon dioxide? PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Special Issue on “Climate Transformations,39(1): 33–45. 
  • Günel, Gökçe, 2016. Inhabiting the spaceship: The connected isolation of Masdar City, in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, ed. by James Graham, Lars Müller Publishers, pp. 361-372.
  • Günel, Gökçe, 2016. An ‘expensive toy’, Limn Issue No. 7 Public Infrastructures/ Infrastructural Publics http://limn.it/an-expensive-toy/
  • Günel, Gökçe, 2014. Ergos: A new energy currency. Anthropological Quarterly, Special Issue on “Energopower and Biopower in Transition” vol. 87, no. 2, p. 359-380
  • Günel, Gökçe, 2014. Masdar City’s hidden brain: When monitoring and modification collide. The ARPA Journal, Applied Research Practices in Architecture, Inaugural Issue on “Test Subjects” http://www.arpajournal.net/masdar-citys-hidden-brain/
  • Günel, Gökçe, 2011. Spaceship in the desert: Conceptions of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City. Anthropology News, 52(10): 3-4.

Education / Employment Highlights

  • 2013-2016, Columbia University, New York, NY, ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Lecturer in Discipline, Department of Anthropology
  • 2012-2013, Rice University, Houston, TX, Cultures of Energy Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow


  • PhD, Cornell University, 2012

Expertise Area

  • Water Conservation, Supply, and Demand
  • Water Quality and Wastewater
  • Alternative/Renewable Energy
  • Human Dimensions of Climate Change

Geographic Area

  • Middle East/North Africa