Prof. Ayhan Kaya is political scientist at the Department of International Relations and the Director of the European Institute. He is a Professor of Politics and Jean and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism at the Department of International Relations, İstanbul Bilgi University and a member of the Science Academy, Turkey. He received his PhD and MA degrees at the University of Warwick, England. He is the principal investigator for the ERC project titled “Nativism, Islamophobism and Islamism in the Age of Populism: Culturalisation and Religionisation of what is Social, Economic and Political in Europe”.
Özge Onursal Beşgül
Dr. Özge Onursal-Beşgül is an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. She graduated from the Department of International Relations, Bilkent University and holds an MA in International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University, an MSc in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics and a PhD in European Politics and International Relations from Marmara University. Her research interests include international organizations, European Integration, Europeanisation and the social construction of Europe.
Dr. Büke Boşnak is an assistant professor of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. She holds an MSc in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics and PhD in Political Science from University of Tübingen, Germany. Her research focuses on civil society, Europeanisation, gender studies, environmental politics and human rights, and EU-Turkey relations. She previously taught at University of Birmingham, Boğaziçi University and Koç University. She is currently teaching courses on civil society, external relations of the EU, and international relations.
Emre Gönen completed his undergraduate and master's degrees in Sociology / Social and Cultural Anthropology at University of Strasbourg. He continued his doctoral studies at Paris Descartes University in France. In 1993 he received a post-graduate certificate from the Free University of Brussels on European Union integration. Gönen has served as the Secretary General of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) for seven years prior joining to the Istanbul Bilgi University. He joined Istanbul Bilgi University in 2000 and worked as the director of the MA Programme in European Studies for 12 years.