Mehmet Ali Üzelgün

Postdoctoral Researcher, ArgLab, IFILNONA, FCSH-UNL


Academic Degrees

PhD in Psychology. University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon, 2014.

Dissertation Title Science and Rhetoric in a Globalizing Public Sphere: Mediating systems of climate change knowledge and action.

Accessible at:

MSc in Science and Technology Studies. Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 2007

BA in Psychology. Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, 1997


Research interests

Strategic Manoeuvring, Deep disagreements, Presuppositions, Media argumentation, Rhetoric and audience reception, Social representation, Ideology


Current research projects

Ecological reasoning and decision making (TUBITAK/0010/2014) - FCT-funded institutional project in ArgLab, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Practical argumentation in the European energy and climate debates: Values, argumentative strategies, and discursive representations across Europe. Exploratory grant for international projects awarded by the FCSH (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – Universidade Nova de Lisboa) to Marcin Lewinski for the period September 2015 – February 2017


Latest publications (selected)

  • Uzelgun, M.A., Levinski, M., & Castro, P. (2016). Favorite battlegrounds of climate action: Arguing about scientific consensus, representing science-society relations. Science Communication, 38, 699-723.
  • Uzelgun, M.A. & Sahin, Ü. (2016). Climate change communication in Turkey. Climate Science: Oxford Research Encyclopedias. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.466
  • Uzelgun, M.A., & Castro, P. (2016). Dissociating between ‘is’ and ‘ought’:  Recognizing and interpreting positions in climate change controversies. In D. Mohammed & M. Lewinski (Eds.) Argumentation and Reasoned Action: Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on Argumentation (pp. 985-998). London: College Publications.
  • Castro, P., Uzelgun. M. A., & Bertoldo, R. (2016). Climate change activism between weak and strong environmentalism: Advocating social change with moderate argumentation strategies. In. C. Howarth & E. Andreouli (Eds.) The Social Psychology of Everyday politics (pp. 170-188). London: Routledge
  • Uzelgun, M.A. (2015). Sosyal temsil çalısmaları için sistematik bir yontem olarak argüman analizi. Psikoloji Çalısmaları, 35, 71-90.
  • Uzelgun, M.A., Mohammed, D., Levinski, M., & Castro, P. (2015). Managing disagreement through yes, but… constructions: An argumentative analysis. Discourse Studies, 17, 467-484.
  • Uzelgun, M.A. & Castro, P. (2015). Climate change in the mainstream Turkish press: Coverage trends and meaning dimensions in the first attention cycle. Mass Communication and Society, 18, 730-752.
  • Uzelgun, M.A. & Castro, P. (2014). Voice of Science on Climate change in the Mainstream Turkish Press. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 8, 316-324.


Latest presentations (selected)

  • Uzelgun, M.A. (2017, February). Surviving deep disagreements: The responsibility of media in overcoming Turkey’s intensifying political polarization. Paper presented in Turkey At Critical Crossroads: Dynamic Trajectories For Society, Politics And Culture Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Castro, P. & Uzelgun, M.A. (2016, July). De-legitimizing contentious policies: Representation and argumentation in political debates. Panel organized at the International Society for Political Psychology Conference ‘The Good Society: Prospects for Reason, Communication and Well-being’ Warsaw, Poland.
  • Uzelgun, M.A., & Castro, P. (2015, June). Dissociating between ‘is’ and ‘ought’:  Recognizing and interpreting positions in climate change controversies. Paper presented in 1st European Conference on Argumentation: Argumentation and Reasoned Action, Lisbon, Portugal.


Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa