Field of expertise
Dr. Bahar Baser is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. She is also an associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Before joining CTPSR, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Warwick at the Department of Politics and International Studies between 2012 and 2014. Bahar completed a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. During her PhD, she had the opportunity to work as a Visiting Research Fellow at Humboldt University (Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences) in Germany, REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society) in Norrkoping, Sweden and the Instituto de Ciencias Sociais (ICS) in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her PhD, Bahar worked at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden as a Junior Researcher on the “Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes” project funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds an MA degree on Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden and BA in Political Science in International Relations from Bogazici University, Turkey.
She is an expert in the area of diaspora studies, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She has conducted extensive research on diaspora engagement in peace processes, post-conflict reconstruction and state-building in the Global South. She has published extensively on stateless diaspora activism and mobilisation in Europe with a specific focus on host states’ counterterrorism policies, radicalization of diaspora members and transnationalization of homeland conflicts. Her book “Diasporas and Homeland Conflicts: A Comparative Perspective” was published by Routledge in 2015. She has also published in prestigious journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Civil Wars, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Ethnicities.
Her research has been funded by the Swedish Institute, the Italian Foreign Ministry, Coventry University, Newton Mobility Fund, CBRL, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Newton Fund-National Research Foundation (South Africa). She has written policy reports for Berghof Peace Foundation, TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum, PRIO and the Heinrich Boll Foundation. She is the editor of Kurdish Studies Series published by Lexington Books and the co-editor of Diasporas and Transnationalism Series published by Edinburgh University Press.