GLODEM Center of Koc University

Welcome to the Center for Research on Globalization, Peace, and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). GLODEM is an academic and policy-oriented research center based at Koc University, Istanbul.

The purpose of GLODEM is to analyze dynamics of domestic and international economic and political interactions relevant to its three areas of expertise: globalization and political economy; public policy and administration, peace and conflict resolution; and democratic governance. These dynamics include international finance and investment; new and ongoing conflicts; and evolving contexts of governance in established, emerging, and eroding democracies.

GLODEM engages academia, public agencies, private entities, and civil society organizations relevant to its areas of expertise. This engagement enables GLODEM to support meaningful, relevant research and analysis. This engagement also positions GLODEM as a central source of information and recommendations.


  • GLODEM Director Prof. Caner Bakir will join a talk organized by Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, titled “Deinstitutionalization of Central Banking in Türkiye” on May 4, 2022, at 12:15 PM (Pacific). Register now.
  • Caner Bakir serves as the 2022 Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize Committee Chair.
  • For the results of the COST Action Working Group 4 survey on ‘Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science’, please click.
  • Koç Üniversitesi’nin Küreselleşme, Barış ve Demokratik Yönetişim Araştırma Merkezi (GLODEM), küreselleşme, bölgeselleşme, barış, kamu yönetimi ve siyasası ile yönetişim konularında çalışmalarını sürdürüyor. Bu kapsamdaki bazı güncel sorunları ve çözüm önerilerini konunun uzmanlarıyla akademik bir çerçevede analiz etmek amacıyla GLODEM Çevrimiçi Etkinlik Serisi’ni başlatıyoruz.
  • New GLODEM AI & CSS Seminar Series bring together practitioners working on AI usage in various fields and scholars specializing in computational social sciences.
  • Koç University and GLODEM hosted the 18th Annual JCPA-ICPA Scholarly Society Virtual Workshop on September 11-12, 2020. The workshop was titled “What Does Comparative Policy Analysis Have to Do with the Structure, Institution and Agency Debate?”. It was conducted on Zoom.

Online Workshop

Policy-Making and Political Economy of Türkiye in Times of Existential Crises

The Turkish Political Economy and Public Policy Network (TUPEN) held an online workshop on “Policy-making and Political Economy of Türkiye in Times of Existential Crises”. The event took place on Friday 19 November from 9 am to 6 pm (Istanbul), and was virtually hosted by Özyeğin University in Istanbul.

The TUPEN Workshop is designed to be a forum for substantive discussion on research and collaboration among scholars of Turkish political economy and policymaking.

For the Full Program

Recent Event


Title: When race meets gender: A study of intersectionality on the Black Lives Matter and MeToo movements

Speaker: Basak Taraktas,Assistant Professor of Political Science, Bogazici University

Date: May 26, 2022 – Thursday

Time: 05:30 PM

Black Lives Matter and MeToo, two social movements that went viral around the globe, have been actively supporting each other. This paper studies what kind of grievances and demands become prominent at the intersection of these movements. Building on the intersectionality theory (Crenshaw, 1990), we seek to uncover whether the most salient demands relate to broad themes on which more people concur or specific grievances and demands of intersectional groups (such as Black transgender women), which sound divisive to some.

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Blog / Report

WG 4 Report: The Advisory Role of Political Scientists in Europe

Marleen Brans, Arco Timmermans & Athanassios Gouglas

This report focuses on the policy advisory roles of European political scientists, the central theme in the activities of WG 4. The report is structured as follows. First, we briefly introduce the Working Group 4 (WG 4) research agenda, and proceed with a short note on the design and properties of the survey. Second, we present the themes of WG 4. This includes the conceptual framework developed by WG 4 to analyse the different possible types of advisory activity of political scientists in Europe, as well as the main results of the survey part in which the advisory roles are addressed. The report ends with conclusions and recommendations.

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