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    Dr Bahar Baser is Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. She is also an associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Before joining CTPSR, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Warwick at the Department of Politics and International Studies between 2012 and 2014. Bahar completed a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. During her PhD, she had the opportunity to work as a Visiting Research Fellow at Humboldt University (Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences) in Germany, REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society) in Norrkoping, Sweden and the Instituto de Ciencias Sociais (ICS) in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her PhD, Bahar worked at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden as a Junior Researcher on the “Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes” project funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds an MA degree on Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden and BA in Political Science in International Relations from Bogazici University, Turkey. Bahar’s research interests include ethno-national conflicts and political violence, conflict resolution, third party mediation, migration and diaspora studies. Bahar has various publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and she has published a book in Turkey entitled: “The Turkish-Kurdish Question in the Diaspora: Second-generation in Sweden and Germany.” Her book “Diasporas and Homeland Conflicts: A Comparative Perspective” was published by Routledge in 2015. She has two co-edited volumes forthcoming in 2017 from IB Tauris: Authoritarian Politics in Turkey (co-edited with Ahmet Erdi Ozturk) and Migration from Turkey to Sweden: Integration, Belonging and Transnational Community (co-edited with Paul Levin). Her research has been funded by the Swedish Institute, the Italian Foreign Ministry, Coventry University and the Newton Fund-National Research Foundation (South Africa). She has written policy reports for Berghof Peace Foundation, TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum and the Heinrich Boll Foundation. She is currently leading the Comparative Peace Processes Module for the MA Program in Peacebuilding and supervises MA and PhD students. 

    Research Interests

    Ethnic lobbying; Third party mediation; Middle Eastern politics; Tamil Diaspora Activism; Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict; Kurdish Question in Turkey; Transnationalism and diasporas; Peacebuilding and conflict resolution; Importation of homeland conflicts to host countries; Integration policies and multiculturalism in Sweden and Germany

    Vision Statement

    I am a political scientist who specializes on peace and conflict studies and migration studies. My research interests lie in the realm of ethnic conflicts, peace processes, post-conflict reconstruction and diaspora politics. My PhD thesis focused on how ethnic conflicts diffuse transnationally through migration flows. I specifically looked at Turkish and Kurdish diasporas in Germany and Sweden and scrutinized the ways in which conflict dynamics in the homeland were imported by these groups to Europe. Following my PhD, I started focusing on diaspora interventions in peace processes, transnational justice mechanisms and post-conflict development. I have recently completed two projects: Counter-diasporic Migration to Iraqi Kurdistan (funded by Coventry University) and the Kurdish Diaspora in Sweden and its Involvement in the Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process (funded by the Swedish Institute). I have also been awarded the Newton Fund-National Research Foundation (South Africa) grant to conduct research on comparative peace processes and lessons to be learned from the South African experience. I am currently working on diasporas and ethnic lobbying in Europe and developing a project on transnational civil society from a social movements perspective. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, European University Institute

    External positions

    Researcher, University of Tampere

    1 May 202031 Aug 2023

    Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Notre Dame

    15 Jan 20191 Jun 2019

    Research Fellow, Stellenbosch University


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