Politics and International Studies


Ali Bilgic Ph.D. in International Politics, Aberystwyth University

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Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

I joined the department in January 2017 as Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. I have a Ph.D. from Aberystwyth University, and MA in European Politics from Lund University. Prior to Loughborogh. I was Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Department of International Relations (2011-2016). My conceptual research interstices critical IR theories, feminist postcolonial approaches, critical security studies with empirical focus on migration, contemporary protest movements, Middle East and North African politics, and Turkey’s foreign policy. I am the author of Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration: Trust and Emancipation in Europe (Routledge, 2013) and Turkey, Power and the West: Gendered International Relations and Foreign Policy (I.B. Tauris, 2016).

I serve as a member of Executive Committee, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of International Studies Association (2016-2018). In addition, I am a member of International Advisory Board of Mediterranean Politics, was a member of Communication Team of International Political Sociology.

I have so far primarily published on how to think about and operationalise trust in global politics as a practice of pursuing security at state and societal levels. I was involved in an international project, ‘Trust-Building in Strategic Alliances’ funded by British Academy (2014-2016).

My present research concerns feminist articulations of global politics as well as the role of emotions in international relations. In relation to the former, I focus on how global power hierarchies are produced through ‘gendering’ in Western and non-Western contexts. I am particularly interested in masculinities in the age of neoliberalism.

My research on migration is mainly concerned with irregular forced migration in the European Union’s neighbourhood regions with specific focus on how international and national policies affect security of migrants in need of protection. 

Furthermore, I am working on how to think about global protest movements in relation to the discipline of IR. In relation to this, I am a co-investigator in the project entitled ‘Exploring Civil Society Strategies for Democratic Renewal’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

I have so far taught theories of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Research Methods for Social Sciences.

Turkey, Power and the West: Gendered International Relations and Foreign Policy

Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30 July 2016)

Author: Ali Bilgi

During the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdodan and the AKP, the Turkish government shifted from a 'reactive' to an 'activist' foreign policy. As a result, many in the West increasingly began to see Turkey as a key actor in the international relations of the region, and indeed the wider international stage.

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Turkey, Power and the West: Gendered International Relations and Foreign Policy

Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration

Publisher: 2013 by Routledge

Author:  Ali Bilgic

Migration and especially irregular migration are politically sensitive and highly debated issues in the developed world, particularly in Europe. This book analyses irregular protection-seeking migration in Europe, with close attention to sub-Saharan migration into the EU, from the perspective of emancipatory security theory.

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Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration


  • Turkey, Power and the West: Gendered International Relations and Foreign Policy, London: I.B. Tauris, 2016, Ali Bilgiç.
  • Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration: Trust and Emancipation in Europe, London: Routledge, 2013. Ali Bilgiç.  

Selected Journal Articles

  • “Sofa and Facebook or Tent and Syntagma: Understanding Global Protest Movements from Syntagma to Tahrir”, Global Affairs, vol. 1 no: 2, 2016, 79-90. Ali Bilgic.
  • ““Real People in Real Places”: Conceptualizing Power for Emancipatory Security through Tahrir”, Security Dialogue, vol. 46 no: 3, pp. 272-290, 2015. Ali Bilgic (SSCI)
  • “”We are not barbarians”: Gender Politics and Turkey’s Quest for the West”, International Relations, vol. 29 no: 2, pp. 198-218, 2015. Ali Bilgic. (SSCI)
  • ‘Hybrid Hegemonic Masculinity of the EU before and after the Arab Spring: A Gender Analysis of Euro-Mediterranean Security Relations’, Mediterranean Politics, vol.20 no: 3, pp. 322-341, 2015. Ali Bilgic.
  •  “Trust in World Politics: Converting “Identity” into a Source of Security through Trust-Learning”, Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 68 no: 1, pp. 36-51, 2014. Ali Bilgiç. (SSCI)
  • ‘What is good about security? Politics of Security during the Dissolution of Yugoslavia’, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, vol. 16 no: 2, pp. 260-278. (SSCI)
  • "Towards a New Societal Security Dilemma:  Comprehensive Analysis of Actor Responsibility in Inter-Societal Conflicts", Review of International Studies, vol.39 no:1, pp. 185-208, 2013. Ali Bilgiç. (SSCI)