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Bahar Baser


Dr Bahar Baser

Associate Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs

What area does your research focus on?

My research interests lie at the convergence of peace and conflict studies and migration studies. Following my PhD, my work has branched into three key areas: diaspora and transnationalism studies, contentious politics and political violence, and peacebuilding and conflict transformation. I’ve specifically delved into diaspora mobilization, examining it through the lens of social movements and intertwining theoretical discussions on legacies of wars and ethnic conflicts, terrorism, radicalization, and advocacy.

This exploration extends to understanding the transnationalization of contentious politics in the Global South, with a particular focus on the pivotal role played by diasporas in global political dynamics. My work also involves scrutinizing conflict transformation, and post-conflict development, as well as analysing the socio-political and economic conditions that influence diaspora mobilization in both home and host countries across Europe. I’ve dedicated considerable time to investigating the enduring impacts of past and ongoing conflicts on local populations and displaced communities, often integrating memory studies into my research.

What are the other key aspects of your role?

I am the editor of Kurdish Studies Series published by Lexington Books and the co-editor of Diasporas and Transnationalism Series published by Edinburgh University Press. I am also a senior associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

I am experienced in mentoring researchers and students from the Global South. My latest mentoring initiative was funded by the British Academy’s Writing Workshops scheme which aimed at empowering Kurdish researchers based in Iraq and enhancing their academic skills.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I love travelling and spending time with my daughter.

What do you think you could particularly offer mentoring support with?

I am keen to help students enhancing their research(er) profile, refining their research skills, and adeptly navigating the job market, which are essential components for professional growth and success.