Ümit Şahin is Senior Scholar and the Coordinator of Climate Change Studies at Istanbul Policy Center. Şahin teaches Global Climate Change and Environmental Politics at Sabanci University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He is also Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program Climate Change Juror.

Together with Ömer Madra, Şahin is the producer and host of the Open Green radio programme on Açık Radio. In addition, he edits and writes on ecology issues for the Green Newspaper and serves as a project advisor for the Green Thought Foundation.