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Dr Celal Cahit Agar

Dr Celal Cahit Agar


Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2873


Dr Agar is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity at the School of Management at the University of St Andrews. He completed a BBA in Business Administration at Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey, a MA in Management and Organisation at Selcuk University, Turkey, and a PhD entitled 'Capital, state, grassroots movements and the reproduction of space in Turkey: A contribution to the critique of spatial political economy' at the University of Exeter Business School, UK.

Prior to joining the School of Management, he was Research and Teaching Assistant at the Sustainability and Circular Economy Research Cluster at Exeter Business School. He has taught a range of modules, courses and seminars at the University of Essex Business School and Selcuk University. Aiming at the wider public, he also publishes short articles in The Conversation, The Wire,, EconoTimes, Bianet and Gaia.

Research specialisms

His research focuses on spatial political economies and ecologies of organisation and management, splitting into the following four interrelated areas.

  • International business and employment relations: Exploring the working life conditions, self-reproduction problems and survival strategies of the unorganised, temporary, migrant and disadvantaged segments of the labouring classes.
  • Economic geography and the political economy of systemic crises: Developing an interdisciplinary economic geography approach to critically examining the interlinked processes of crisis-production and crisis-displacement at local, regional, national and international scales.
  • Sustainability, climate policy and carbon markets: Analysing the actors, dynamics and processes of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and its socio-economic, geopolitical and environmental consequences.
  • Emerging economies and social movements: Examining the contestations and confrontations within and between businesses, governments, labour and grassroots social movements in the context of emerging economies.

Selected publications


Migrant labour as space: rhythmanalysing the agri-food industry
Agar, C. C. & Manolchev, C., 23 Oct 2019, In : Organization. OnlineFirst, p. 1-21
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Towards a pluralist labor geography: Constrained grassroots agency and the socio-spatial fix in Dȇrsim, Turkey
Agar, C. C. & Böhm, S., 1 Sep 2018, In : Environment and Planning A. 50, 6, p. 1228-1249 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle