The Turkish Politics Specialist Group brings together scholars, researchers and academics interested in studying or hearing about Turkish politics.  The group holds workshops, seminars and panels, both in and out of the PSA Annual Conference. It builds on the already existing network of experts within the PSA and will include researchers at all stages of their career whose interests cover the historical and contemporary politics of Turkey, broadly defined. The group is committed to engaging with cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research that enlightens our understanding of Turkey. Key areas of interest include, but are not limited to, democratisation and autocratisation, electoral politics, institutional change, the media, civil society, security and conflict, and foreign policy.  It is also one of the missions of the group to place Turkey in comparative perspective both within its neighbourhood and beyond. Through our events and up-to-date blog posts, we will facilitate and expand opportunities for network building and collaborative research. 

For more information on the group, please visit our website: and follow us on Twitter:



The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee


Contact Us

Yaprak Gursoy

Role: Co-Convenor and Chair
Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


Matthew Whiting

Role: Co-Convenor and Treasurer
Institution: University of York


Rabia Karakaya Polat

Role: International Officer
Institution: Işık University


Begüm Zorlu

Role: Digital Media Officer
Institution: City, University of London

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