Changing Values ​​and Priorities

Changing Values ​​and Priorities: Ecological Reasoning and Decision Making of Industrialists in Portugal and Turkey

The research project “Changing Values ​​and Priorities: Ecological Reasoning and Decision Making of Industrialists in Portugal and Turkey” is run by Recep Senturk at the University in the Alliance of Civilizations Institute within the bilateral cooperation program with TÜBITAK and Portugal Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

Önder Küçükural and Karim Sadek are researchers in the project. The TUBİTAK project with the number 115K370 will start on February 15, 2017 and end on February 15, 2019. The partner of the project in Portugal is the IFIL-NOVA institute at Nova University; Prof. Dr. João de Deus Santos Sàágua is the project coordinator in Portugal.

The purpose of the research project is to compare the communication strategies and reasoning practices of Europe’s industrial actors operating in Turkey and Portugal on a low-carbon and sustainable economy transition.

In other words, the project focuses on comparative analysis of “ecological reasoning” of important actors of economy and technology of Portugal and Turkey. The reasons for environmental sensitivity, and particularly the transition to the low-carbon economy, are first discussed at the supranational scale in science and politics circles, and applications for this are being designed.

However, there is serious difficulty in the industry and technology sectors at the local level, who should be the main actors of the transition. Because the transition to the carbon economy means that industrialists should be convinced of this deep-scaled and radical transformation. They must make certain decisions in this direction and take action. However, in both discourse and behavior of industrial actors, there are serious discrepancies, dilemmas, conflicts of values ​​and interests, difficulties in determining priorities and instability; Transitivity and strategic manoeuvres between different priorities and values ​​are beeing observed. In this context, the proposed project aims to identify these bottlenecks in the practical implementation of new ideas and proposals on the agenda regarding the transition to the carbon economy and to demonstrate the communicative data necessary for the development of social policy in this respect.

The project is designed in the form of an interdisciplinary case study that focuses on the practical reasoning that is a common work of philosophy, anthropology and political theory, namely the actors facing concrete events in their daily lives. The project targets to have a multiplicative impact on the academic collaboration of the two research institutes in Turkey and Portugal with their theoretical and practical aims as well as their methods of reasoning in different ways. The focus of the research will be on qualitative research methods that allow researchers in Turkey and Portugal to explore research by analyzing argumentation strategies and discourses in a comparative way.In this framework, ten focus group meetings will be held with industrialists in Denizli, Kayseri and Istanbul after semi-structured in-depth pilot interviews. After collecting the data in the same way in Portugal, the two team will analyze the acquired data jointly with an interdisciplinary theoretical approach. One book, six international papers and an executive summary will be drawn from the conclusions reached in the project. In addition, during the visits, workshops with Master and PhD students in the two countries will be organized. The executive summary will be sent to national and international institutions and persons working in the field of ecology.

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