Selver B. Sahin

Research Associate

Dr Selver B. Sahin is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Selver’s research is focused on the contemporary policies and practices of security, development and democratisation as a peace-building strategy.

Selver has published on these issues in scholarly journals such as Asian Survey, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Southeast Asian Affairs, Democratization, and Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. Selver is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. She is currently working on her sole-authored book project on the forms and effects of contemporary international intervention, and a co-edited book on the occasion of the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

Selver’s research interests also include the humanitarian and community dimensions of urban renewal projects in Turkey. She conducted field studies in Fener-Balat, located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, and presented her preliminary research findings at a conference in Greece in 2012. She is currently co-authoring an article looking at the security aspects of the recently initiated country-wide urban transformation process.

Selver comes from a diverse academic and international background. She completed her undergraduate and Masters studies at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and conducted her PhD at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She worked as a research assistant in Turkey, carried out field studies in East Timor, Kosovo and Indonesia, both independently and as part of a research team, and assumed research and lecturing roles at the University of Canterbury and RMIT University.

Selver brings expertise in Turkish culture and language to the Global Compact Cities Programme. She acts as a liaison for the Cities Programme in Turkey in addition to supervising postgraduate students with an interest in Turkey and her other research areas.