About PSA Turkish Politics Specialist Group

The Turkish Politics Specialist Group brings together scholars, researchers and academics interested in studying or hearing about Turkish politics.

The group holds workshops, seminars, panels and networking opportunities, both as PSA Annual Conference and through other events throughout the year. Although only recently established, the Turkish Politics Specialist Group builds on the already existing network of experts within the PSA and includes researchers at all stages of their career whose interests cover the historical and contemporary politics of Turkey, broadly defined. We are committed to engaging with cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research that enlightens our understanding of Turkey.  

Key areas of interest include, but are not limited to, democratisation and autocratisation, electoral politics, institutional change, the media, civil society, security and conflict, and foreign policy.  It is also one of the missions of the group to place Turkey in comparative perspective both within its neighbourhood and beyond. Through our events and up-to-date blog posts, we will facilitate and expand opportunities for network building and collaborative research. 

You can find our group on the “Specialist Groups” section of the Political Studies Association website. You can also learn about the types of membership that are available, along with the other rights and subscriptions that comes with becoming a member.

To join the group please Access here, follow us on twitter , or email us for further information.

Meet the Executive Team

yaprak gursoy

Dr Yaprak Gürsoy is the co-convenor and chair of the PSA Turkish Politics Specialist Group. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Aston University and a research associate at the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford. Prior to her current posts, she was an Associate Professor at Istanbul Bilgi University. Dr Gürsoy works on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy from a comparative perspective. She is the author of Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and The Transformation of Civil-Military Relations in Turkey (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, in Turkish). Dr Gürsoy’s complete academic profile can be found on her personal website www.yaprakgursoy.com and she can be reached at y.gursoy@aston.ac.uk

mATTHEW WHITING

Dr Matthew Whiting is the co-convenor and chair of the PSA Turkish Politics Specialist Group. He is a lecturer in comparative politics at the University of Birmingham. Matthew’s research looks at the moderation and radicalisation of non-state armed groups, state responses to internal conflicts, and democratisation. He examines these from a comparative perspective, but has a particular interest in the cases of Northern Ireland and Turkey. His research has appeared in Government and Opposition, Middle East Policy, Ethnopolitics, as well as a monograph with Edinburgh University Press, and he is Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics. He can be reached at M.Whiting.1@bham.ac.uk

rabia karakaya polat

Rabia Karakaya Polat is the International Relations officer of the PSA Turkish Politics Specialist Group. She is a professor of political science at the Department of International Relations at Isık University in Istanbul. She was a visiting fellow at the Department of Government at the University of Essex during 2017-2018. Her research has focused mostly on the political implications of technology including the digital divide, e-government and the technological dimension of civil-military relations. More recently her research has focused on critical discourse analysis and refugee discourse and policy. Prof. Polat’s research has been funded by the British Academy, TUBITAK and Isik University Research Fund. She has published extensively in journals such as Critical Discourse Studies, Security Dialogue, Parliamentary Affairs, the European Journal of Communication, and Government Information Quarterly.

BEGUM ZORLU

Begüm Zorlu is the digital media officer of the PSA Turkish Politics Specialist Group. She is a PhD candidate and a teaching assistant in the department of International Politics at City, University of London. Begüm’s research focuses on political parties and contentious politics in Latin America and the Middle East. She is also interested in the dynamics of peace processes, foreign policy and documentary photography. Her work can be seen on her personal website www.begumzorlu.com.