Irmak Ertör graduated from the Economics department of the Bogazici University, Istanbul, in 2011, where she became interested in ecological economics, social economy and political ecology. She holds an MA degree from the interdisciplinary Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History at the same university, in which she attained a greater knowledge on historiography, anthropology, economic sociology and political ecology. In her Master's thesis, she focused on the political ecology of a marine protected area in Turkey and conducted a coalition formation analysis in order to uncover different social actors' perspectives on the governance of marine area and resources. During her Master's, she worked for the EJOLT project in Bogazici University and contributed to the database and mapping of socioenvironmental conflicts in Turkey. As a result of the project, the Atlas of Environmental Justice in Turkey and an online portal for environmental scholars and activists have been published, which then became part of the global Atlas of Environmental Justice.
Since 2013, she has been an early stage researcher fellow of the ENTITLE (European Network of Political Ecology) project, as a part of which she worked on the political ecology of fisheries and aquaculture in ENT Environment and Management. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in ICTA, completing her PhD on the political ecology of aquaculture in Europe. At the same time, she continues to work for the coordination of the journal Ecologia Politica that is published in Fundacio Ent. She is one of the secondary proposers of the Cost Action on 'Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Options, Challenges and the Role of Science', which aims to establish a strong network of interdisciplinary scholars working on marine issues.
Her research interests include fields and topics related to political ecology, economic geography, environmental justice, commons, fisheries and aquaculture, food sovereignty, cooperatives, and social and solidarity economies. She is also active in local neighborhood movements related to the Right to the City in Barcelona.