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.
This graduate programme was initiated with the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and is now being carried out in cooperation with the University of Viadrina in Federal Germany. Emre Gönen has been teaching at Bilgi for 19 years on topics such as European history, EU integration, the history of diplomacy in the 19th and 20th centuries, French political history, and European political economy. Since 2011, he has been serving as the Rector's Advisor. Since 2014, Gönen has been writing weekly columns in English in Daily Sabah. He has many interviews, critics, and published articles.