StudentDwell+ Speaker Bios 

Derya Tarhan
PhD Candidate, Adult Education and Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Derya Tarhan is a PhD Candidate in Adult Education and Community Development at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. His doctoral thesis assesses renewable energy co-operatives in Ontario from an "energy democracy" perspective: What are the changes brought about by renewable energy co-operatives, both at individual and collective levels, that contribute to the democratization of Ontario's electricity system? Derya's other research interests include the social economy, energy co-operatives, political ecology, social movement learning, and community development. He has also worked as the Project Coordinator for the People, Power, Planet (PPP) Partnership, a SHHRC-funded research initiative to assess, document and share experiences of community energy development across Canada and beyond. Derya also founded and is currently managing The Community Power Report, a global resource hub for community-owned renewable energy initiatives.

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