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.


All Events

Virtualism and the Mind: Rethinking Presence, Representation and the Self

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning Workshop "Virtualism and the Mind"

April 23, 2018

João Leite, 16 April 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "An Online Social Debating System"

April 16, 2018

Klaus Gärtner, 20 Mar, 2018, 14.30h to 15.30h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"4E Cognition: Radical or…

March 20, 2018

Javier Gonzalez de Prado Salas, 19 March 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Reasoning as a self-doubter"

March 19, 2018

Erich Rast, 16.3., Sala 1.05 ID, 16h

Value Seminar Session with Erich Rast, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 16, 2018

Value Seminar Marcin Lewiński, Sala 105 ID 16h

Value Seminar with Marcin Lewiński, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 09, 2018

Value Seminar Dima Mohammed, Sala 105 ID 16h

Value Seminar with Dima Mohammed, Sala 1.05 ID 16h

March 02, 2018

Paul Smart, 28 Feb, 2018, 17h to 18h

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar |"Dream Machines: Predictive Processing,…

February 28, 2018

Maciej Witek, 5 March 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Illocution and accommodation in the functioning…

February 20, 2018

Paula Olmos, 19 February 2018, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Narratives in Scientific Justificatory Practice"

February 19, 2018

Stéphane Dias, 5 February 2018, 17h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Communicative agency - an enterprise in…

February 05, 2018

Discussing Davidson Colloquium, 26 JAN 2018, 10:30 - 18:00

International colloquium | The philosophy of Donald Davidson

January 26, 2018

Andri Christodoulou, 11 Dec 2017, 16h30

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Using argumentation as a tool for…

December 11, 2017

Elisabetta Montanari, 27 Nov 2017, 16h

ArgLab Research Colloquium | "Learning Consistency Via Argumentation"

November 27, 2017

Dina Mendonça, Fr 27 Nov 17 Sala 606 TB, 16h

Dina Mendonça on the Role of Reflexivity and Meta-Emotions in…

November 24, 2017

The 1st European Conference on Argumentation

International Conference | Argumentation and Reasoned Action

June 09, 2015


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