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 Director

Caner Bakır

GLODEM Areas of Expertise: Globalization and Democratic Governance

Caner Bakır is a 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 the 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.

Caner is an associate editor of Policy Sciences, and editorial board member of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, Journal of Economic Policy Reform and International Journal of Emerging Markets.

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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GLODEM Board Members

Ahmet İçduygu

He currently holds a dual appointment as a full professor at Koç University, 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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Burak Gürel

Burak Gürel finished his Ph.D. in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in 2015. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the co-director of the Center for Asian Studies at Koç University. Gürel is also a supervisor researcher in the Emerging Markets Welfare Project, funded by the European Research Council. Gürel’s scholarly interests include political economy, historical sociology, rural development, social movements, and welfare politics, with a focus on China, India, and Turkey. He teaches courses on social theory, historical sociology, political sociology, and Asian political economy. Gürel was a Fox International Fellow at the MacMillan Center at Yale University in 2006-07 and a visiting researcher at the Center for Rural China Governance at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2012, the Center for Development Studies in Trivandrum, Kerala in 2013, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in 2016, and the International Institute of Social Studies at the Hague in 2019. For more details, please check

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GLODEM Research Associates

Adrien Abecassis

Adrien Abecassis is a career diplomat with 12+ years of experience advising governments at high level, providing analysis and policy coordination, with a keen interest in innovation and global governance. Served in a variety of key-role in government on European affairs, political strategy, and policy-planning. Proven expertise in managing complex projects across silos. Have written extensively on politics, international governance and diplomacy.


Jack Loveridge

Jack Loveridge is originally from El Paso, Texas on the U.S.-Mexico border. He is a historian of science and technology in the context of international development. He thinks and writes about how states and corporations create tools to measure, manage, and manipulate human populations and the natural world. He is an associate at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

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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 Research Assistants

Alp Akis

Alp Akiş is a student of political science at Stanford University. Focusing on political philosophy, democratization, democratic backsliding, elections and development, Alp is expected to graduate from Stanford University in 2021. He is a member of Alpha Pi Sigma Political Science honors society.


Naz Elif Ay

Naz Elif Ay is an international relations student double majoring with sociology at Koç University. Her concentrations are comparative politics, global political economy and policy sciences. Naz Elif is expected to graduate from Koç University in 2022.