Işık Kuşçu Bonnenfant (Principal Investigator)
Isik Kuscu Bonnenfant is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University. She received her PhD in December 2008 from the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. She was a visiting scholar at the Davis Center, Harvard University for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Her research interests cover the former Soviet region (FSU), migration, diaspora politics, ethnic migration, and state and nation building in the FSU. She has published in journals such as International Migration, Central Asian Survey, and Nationalities Papers. She has received the Newton Advanced Fellowship of the British Academy.
Neophythos Loizides (Co-Investigator)
Professor Neophytos Loizides is the author of The Politics of Majority Nationalism: Framing Peace, Stalemates, and Crises published by Stanford University Press (2015) and Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2016). He is also the co-editor (with Oded Haklai) of Settlers in Contested Lands: Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflicts and has authored more than thirty academic articles and book chapters in the areas of nationalism, forced displacement and conflict regulation in deeply divided societies including most recently work published in the European Journal of Political Research, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and Political Psychology. Professor Loizides has also served as a consultant to various governments and international organisations including the Council of Europe and regularly contributes commentaries to international media such as the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Hayriye Kahveci Özgür
Hayriye Kahveci, has a Ph.D. degree from the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University. Her dissertation was on Political Economy of Oil in Kazakhstan. She has worked as a researcher at the METU Centre for Black Sea and Central Asia (KORA) focusing mainly on Caspian region energy politics. She was a post-doctoral researcher at Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research, University of Sessex in 2014. Since 2009 she teaches at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus in Political Science and International Relations Programme as well as Petroleum Engineering Programme. Her research focus is on the post-soviet state building, political economy of international oil and Cyprus. She published on energy politics in the Caspian region as well as Cyprus.
Charis Psaltis holds a PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge. He is currently an Associate Professor of Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cyprus. His research interests fall in the areas of Social interaction, learning and cognitive development, co-operative learning, Genetic social psychology, social representations of gender, intergroup contact and intergroup relations in Cyprus, intercultural education and integrated schools, development of national identities and history teaching and collective memory. He is the Associate Editor of the European Journal of Psychology of Education.
Günseli Durmaz is currently a PhD student and a research assistant at the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University. Her research interests include international political economy, financialization, Greek politics and the political economy of European Union. She received her MA degree from the same department with her thesis “Politics of Neoliberal Transformation: A Comparative Analysis of Debt-Led Consumption and Crisis in Greece and Turkey” in 2015. Durmaz received her BA degree from the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University in 2011.
Şengül Yıldız is currently a PhD student and a research assistant at the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University. Her research interests cover security studies, multicultural studies, radicalism, German politics, European Integration and European Union. She received her MA degree from the same department with her thesis “Radicalization in Europe: European Foreign Fighters in Syria” in 2016. She was a visiting researcher at Institute of European Studies, University of California Berkeley from August to November 2015. Yıldız also received her BA degree from the same department in 2013.