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GLODEM people are the Center's most valuable resource. The strength of GLODEM's membership speaks to its ability to support high-quality, value-added research, activities, and policy analysis.

GLODEM faculty membership is interdisciplinary, enabling the Center to address issues from multiple perspectives and apply the most appropriate skillsets.

As a part of GLODEM's organizational expansion, its membership will incorporate experts from other universities and research centers, public agencies, private enterprises, and civil society organizations. The resulting diverse membership composition will provide GLODEM with an impressive network of specialists. This network will ensure GLODEM notable breadth and depth of expertise. .


GLODEM Directors


Caner Bakir

GLODEM Areas of Expertise: Globalization and Democratic Governance

Caner Bakır is an Associate Professor of political science with particular emphasis on international and comparative economy, and public policy and administration of the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics at Koç University. He is co-director of the Center for Globalization, Peace and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). He joined Koç University in September 2004 from Monash University where he was an Assistant Lecturer in its Accounting and Finance Department. Prior to this, he worked for Agricultural Bank of Turkey as a banking specialist.
His qualifications are Bachelor of Public Administration and Politics from the Middle East Technical University, Graduate Diploma in Money, Banking and Finance from Banking School, Master of International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, and a PhD in Politics from Monash University.
Caner’s  interdisciplinary & comparative research and teaching interests are in international and comparative political economy, public policy and administration, and international business.
He is the recipient of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Incentive Award 2010 and TUBITAK Early Career Researcher Award 2008. He also awarded 25% Salary Market Load (bonus) for “outstanding performance in research and teaching” by the Dean of Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, 2004.

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Resat Bayer

GLODEM Areas of Expertise: Peace and Conflict Resolution  and Democratic Governance

 Reşat Bayer is Associate Professor of International Relations at Koç University. He has received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. His primary research interests are international cooperation and conflict. He has been recognized by the Turkish Academy of Sciences for his research. He is particularly interested in peace within countries and between countries, how peaceful relations emerge, and the role of conflict management and resolution in peaceful relations, including negotiation and mediation. His current projects are on peaceful change and revenge, power transitions in the Middle East, terrorism and electoral politics, independence and violence, diplomatic relations, and democracy. His recent work has appeared or will be appearing in the Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Globalization, International Studies Quarterly and British Journal of Political Science.  


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GLODEM Executive Board


Ahmet İçduygu


Ahmet İçduygu is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University, Istanbul Turkey. He currently holds a dual appointment as a full professor at Koç, one is in the Department of International Relations and the other is in the Department of Sociology. He is also the Director of the Migration Research Center at Koç (MiReKoc). He holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University. He is an elected member of the Science Academy in Turkey. 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. He teaches on migration studies, theories and practices of citizenship, international organizations, civil society, nationalism and ethnicity, and research methods.


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Güneş Ertan


Gunes Ertan is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Koc University. She received her Ph.D. from Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at University of Pittsburgh. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of collective action and social networks. Her current research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of social networks on collective action efforts among policy actors with a particular emphasis on civil society organizations. Her work has appeared  in Social Networks, Public Organization Review, Earthquake Spectra, Safety Science  and Homeland Security Affairs.


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Sedef Turper


Sedef Turper is an assistant professor of International Relations at Koç University. She studied Political Science and International Relations in Bogazici University and she received her doctorate degree from the University of Twente for her thesis on European attitudes towards political institutions and immigration policies. Her main research interests are in public attitudes towards political institutions in modern democracies, public opinion of immigration policies, attitudes towards immigrants and survey methodology. Her recent work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Ethic and Migration Studies and International Journal of Public Opinion Research


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GLODEM Research Associates


Mehmet Kerem Çoban



Mehmet Kerem Coban completed a PhD in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore end 2017. His doctoral thesis studies the political economy of banking regulation (financial consumer protection, governance of macroprudential regulations, and compliance with the Basel banking regulatory standards) in the post-Global Financial Crisis period in Turkey. His research interests include (international) political economy, regulatory governance, banking/financial regulation, multiple identities and political economy of regulation, in broad terms. He has published single- and co-authored journal articles at Policy & Society and the Journal of Financial Regulation, a single- and a co-authored book chapter, and several book reviews appeared in the LSE Review of Books, Global Policy, and the Asian Journal of Public Affairs. Prior to his doctoral studies, he completed MA in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva in 2013; and BA in International Relations at Kadir Has University, Istanbul in 2011. He interned at the Global Risk Identification Programme (GRIP) at the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery at UNDP’s Geneva Office in 2012, and the General Consulate of the Republic of Turkey in Geneva in 2010. He consulted the Global Challenges Foundation. More information about his scholarly activities can be obtained at


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GLODEM Visitors

Aydan Olcer


Aydan Olcer is a global communications and sustainability professional with strong multinational experience over 15 years. She has proven track record in building long-term partnerships, positive corporate reputation management, business development, project management and thought leadership. Aydan also brings wide experience in operating in multiple geographies for complex matrix organizations. In her last role, Aydan was responsible for corporate affairs and sustainability communications at The Coca-Cola Company across the Eurasia and Africa geography, which encompassed 84 countries. She has also worked for Unilever, Dogus Group among others. In an age where sustainable development is an investment priority, she has worked on developing and internalizing sustainability strategies, building programs as part of that strategy and their 360 degree communication. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Political Economy from Warwick University (UK) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sabanci University (Turkey). She is married and a mother of two. Aydan also serves as a Visiting Researcher at the Koc University, is an advisor to the ASTIA start-up community and is the Co-Founder of ‘Well’-Dressed, a global sustainable fashion initiative based in Turkey.




Dr. Aynur Seidyusif


Aynur studied for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Baku, being specialized in European Studies. For both degrees she was awarded Diploma with Honours. In 2008 Aynur was admitted to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She obtained her MSc degree in Politics and Government in the EU from the LSE in 2009. After gaining an invaluable work experience at national institutions and international projects in Azerbaijan, she applied for a PhD degree in the UK. She obtained PhD from the University of Bath in UK where She conducted research on conflicts in the post-Soviet countries, with specific focus on Georgia. After returning back to Azerbaijan She worked at ADA University which is established under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Aynur also worked for national/international organizations and projects that aimed at improvement of policies in Azerbaijan and strengthening the country’s institutions. She was part of the OSCE/ODIHR mission, and worked for the European Union Project at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, and Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies. Aynur taught courses during her PhD study at the University of Bath. She is also an Associate member of the Higher Education Academy, UK.