Research

Faculty Research Interests

Ahmet İçduygu, Professor of Sociology and International Relations

Primary Area of Focus: Migration studies, theories and practices of citizenship, the role of international organizations, civil society, and nationalism and ethnicity.

Research Summary: Ahmet İçduygu coordinated and participated in research which well integrates theoretical approaches on migration to public policy. In addition to his own individual research projects, Prof. İçduygu has conducted various research projects for the international organizations such as IOM, UNHCR, EU, OECD and ILO. As the director of MiReKoc, he is involved in arranging and participating in a range of projects in order to motivate national and international networks and to strengthen research capacity in the field of migration. MiReKoc has become a partner in several national and international research projects funded by various institutions and agencies.

Latest Projects

EURA-NET: Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People (European Union Funded Project)

Researchers: Ahmet İçduygu, İlke Şanlıer Yüksel

The aim of the EURA-NET project is to map the extent of temporary transnational migration and mobility in the European-Asian context and assess its implications. Case studies will be carried out of eleven countries: China, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, and Ukraine. For each of these countries, information will be collected on the national policies and legislation in place concerning temporary migration, and the quantity of temporary border-crossing movements. In a following step, each country research team will interview 80 migrants about their experiences of temporary transnational mobility, and 40-60 policy-makers about how they perceive and portray temporary transnational movements. Finally, the project will focus on the European policy and legal sphere.The project is coordinated by the University of Tampere in Finland, and for Koç University, MiReKoc is participating. EURA-NET runs from 1 February 2014 until 21 January 2017. The findings of the EURA-NET project will be disseminated in the form of policy reports, policy briefs, policy seminars, and other academic publications.

LeFAMSol (European Union funded project)

Researchers: Ahmet İçduygu, Meriç Çağlar, Ayşem Biriz Karaçay

Starting from November 2013, a two year project funded by The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the EU, ‘Learning for Female African Migrants’ Solidarity: Help-Desks for Female African Migrants in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (LeFAMSol)’ Project No: 539979-LLP-1-2013-1-GR-GRUNDTVIG-GMP, is a curriculum delevopement project for hard to reach target groups of adults, oriented towards cultural mediation and peer training. The project focuses on Female African Migrant Groups aiming initially to create pool of human resources that can operate gender/ethnically delineated ‘Self- Help Desks’.

INTEGRIM (European Union funded FP7 Project)

Funded by the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) call FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN, the aim of this research training programme is to structure the existing high-quality research capacity on Migration and Integration policies and processes in the European Union and neighboring countries. Based on a longstanding cooperation, the eight partners involved from Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, Portugal, Netherlands, France, Hungary and Turkey are fully committed to establish a joint research and training programme on public policies and processes related with migration and the integration of immigrants. The project duration is 48 months.

Ali Çarkoğlu , Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Quantitative Social Research, Political Organizations and Parties, Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

Research Summary:  Prof. Ali Çarkoğlu’s recent research focuses on voting behavior, party systems and political parties, religiosity, social capital, public opinion, and Turkish politics.

Bahar Rumelilli Sancak, Assistant  Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  International relations theory, European integration studies, conflict studies, Turkish foreign policy and Turkish politics

Research Summary:  Currently, Dr. Bahar Rumelili is  working on the following projects:

1.      Ontological Security and Conflict Resolution: This edited book project will analyze the extent to which and the ways in which ontological security –the certainty which stems from having a consistent sense of self that is recognized by others- matters for conflict resolution.

2.      Paths of Institutionalization and Regional Order: This article project compares the paths of regional institutionalization in Europe, East/Southeast Asia and South/Latin America to analyze how different paths of institutionalization impact the resolution of regional conflicts.

3.      Turkey and the Re-making of Europe: This book project (co-authored with E. Fuat Keyman) provides an account of how Europe is being and has been remade through the EU-Turkey relationship, in particular through the ways in which the Turkish state has advanced its membership bid and and through the ways in which Turkish citizens have pursued their rights claims in and through European institutions.

Belgin San Akça, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Terrorism, insurgency, the role of ethnic, religious, and political identity in inter-state relations and the empirical applications of IR Theory, and the Middle East Conflict.

Research Summary:  Professor San-Akca’s research focuses on non-state violence and its implications for inter-state relations. Specifically, she studies terrorism, insurgency, the role of ethnic, religious, and political identity in inter-state relations and the empirical applications of IR Theory, and the Middle East Conflict. She teaches research methods, graduate level quantitative analysis, introductory level International Relations, and a course on terrorism, insurgency and World politics.

Caner Bakır, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  International political economy, comparative political economy and public policy, public administration, international business, and organization science.

Research Summary:   Dr. Caner Bakır’s research, publications and teaching focus on wide range of disciplinary areas. His research is mainly in the areas of international political economy, comparative political economy and public policy, public administration, international business, and organization science. His wide research focus is evidenced by publications in SSCI Subject Categories including, political science, international relations, public administration, development and planning, economics, and business. He has extensively published on topics such as globalization, governance, government-business relations, banking and central banking, financial regulation, macroeconomic bureaucracies (i.e., central banks, Treasury and Ministry of Finance), and emerging multinational firms.

Güneş Ertan, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science

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Murat Somer, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Comparative politics and Political economy

Research Summary:   Dr. Murat Somer’s research is focused on comparative democratization, especially in relation to elite values and divisions, and ethnic, religious and secular politics. His writings on ethnic conflict and nationalism, democratization in Turkey and the Middle East, religious and secular politics, the Kurdish question, and political Islam have been published in numerous book volumes and academic journals including Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, Third World Quarterly, and The Middle East Journal.

Onur Ulaş İnce, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Political Theory: History of political thought, contemporary political theory, modern social theory, liberalism and its critics, intellectual history of empire, colonial studies, postcolonial theory Political Economy: History of capitalism, history of political economy, liberalism and neoliberalism, imperialism, theories of globalization, theories of governmentality

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Özlem Altan-Olcay, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Comparative politics, political economy, politics of the Middle East, societies and cultures in the Middle East, globalization, political sociology, gender.

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Reşat Bayer, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Cooperation and Conflict, Conflict Management and Resolution, Security, Peace, Foreign Policy, Democracy

Research Summary:   Professor Bayer’s recent research focuses on the areas of interstate peace, post-war relations, conflict management, terrorism, consequences and expansion of conflict, democracy and war, reconciliation, democracy, diplomacy, and role of international factors in domestic politics, particularly, regime change

Selim Erdem Aytaç, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Intersection of comparative political behavior, political economy, and electoral politics

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Şener Aktürk, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Comparative Politics of Ethnicity, Religion, and Nationalism

Research Summary:   Sener Akturk is a scholar of comparative politics broadly defined, with a focus on comparative politics of ethnicity, religion, and nationalism, especially in Germany, Russia, and Turkey. He developed the typology of three “regimes of ethnicity” (monoethnic, antiethnic, and multiethnic), and a theory of “ethnic regime change” in his book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which received the 2013 Joseph Rothschild book prize. While writing on German, Russian, and Turkish politics primarily, Akturk has also published on identity politics in Afghanistan, Algeria, Austria, Greece, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and Central Asia. He is currently working on a handbook on state policies toward ethnic and religious diversity in 172 countries with a population over quarter million, which is the result of a global expert survey he conducted on fifteen state policies around the world between 2010 and 2014. He is also working on several projects related to religion and nationalism; the representation of Muslim minorities in European politics; Jewish intellectuals’ contributions to Turkish nationalism; and the political consequences of Greek-Turkish population exchange.

Şuhnaz Yılmaz, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  Foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy, Turkish-American Relations, Eurasian Politics, Energy Politics, Mediterranean cooperation and security, European Union Foreign and Security Policy, and History of Political Thought

Research Summary:  Şuhnaz Yılmaz is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Koc University. She is the director of the foreign policy group of the Center for Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). She has received her MA and Ph.D. from Princeton University specializing on International Affairs and the Middle East. She conducted her post-Doctoral Studies at Harvard University. Her areas of interest and expertise include foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy, Turkish-American Relations, Eurasian Politics, Energy Politics, Mediterranean cooperation and security, European Union Foreign and Security Policy, and History of Political Thought. She has numerous publications in journals such as Political Science Quarterly, Middle East Journal, World Today, Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies and Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. She also has a book on Turkish-American Relations, entitled Turkish-American Relations (1800-1952): Between the Stars, Stripes, and Crescent from Routledge Press International Studies Series. In 2007, Şuhnaz Yilmaz received the Sakip Sabanci International Research Award, granted by Sabanci University and the Brookings Institution and in 2008 she has received the prestigious Distinguished Young Scientist Award (GEBIP) of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Most recently, in 2012 she received the Outstanding Teaching Award at Koç University.

Ziya Öniş, Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Primary Area of Focus:  International and Comparative Political Economy and Political Economy of Development, Globalization, Democratization and the Nation State, Turkey-EU Relations, The Political Economy of Turkey From a Comparative Perspective

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Ziya Öniş’s  recent research focuses on the global financial crisis and its implications for future patterns of globalization, southern varieties of capitalism, democratization dilemmas in emerging powers, the political economy of Turkey during the AKP era, new directions in Turkish foreign policy and domestic politics-foreign policy interactions.  His most recent publications include “Monopolising the Centre: The AKP and the Uncertain Path of Turkish Democracy”. The International Spectator, Vol. 50, N0. 2 (2015); (with S. E. Aytaç) “Varieties of Neo-populism in a Changing Global Order: Divergent Paths of Erdoğan and Kirchnerismo”.Comparative Politics, Vol. 47, No. 1 (2014); “Turkey and the Arab Revolutions: Boundaries of Regional Power Influence in a Turbulent Middle East”. Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 19, No. 2 (2014);(with M.Kutlay) “Rising Powers in a Changing Global Order: The Political Economy of Turkey in the Age of BRICS”. Third World Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 8 (2013). “Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest”, Insight Turkey, Vol. 14, No.2 (2012) ; “ The Triumph of Conservative Globalism: The Political Economy of the AKP Era”, Turkish Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2 (2012) ; “ Multiple Faces of the ‘New’ Turkish Foreign Policy: Underlying Dynamics and a Critique”, Insight Turkey , Vol. 13, No.1 (2011); (with C. Bakır) “The Regulatory State and Turkish Banking Reforms in the Age of Post-Washington Consensus”, Development and Change, Vol. 41, No.1 (2010); (co-edited with F. Şenses) Turkey and the Global Economy: Neo-liberal Restructuring and Integration in the Post-Crisis Era  (London: Routledge,  2009);“Beyond the 2001 Financial Crisis: The Political Economy of the New Phase of Neo-liberal Restructuring in Turkey”. Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 16, No.3 (2009). He was elected as a Fellow of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) and received the prestigious TÜBİTAK Science Award in Social Sciences in 2012. He also received the Outstanding Faculty Award of Koç University in 2012.