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Dr. Durukan Kuzu

Research Associate

My Research Vision

I am a comparative political sociologist and a theorist who is interested in the issues of ethnicity, nationalism, war, peace and justice. My work explores social, political and security problems related to ethnic diversity and national minorities, why ethnic groups react differently to similar policies, how they differ from each other and what explains their electoral behaviour and conflict proneness.  I also look at more problematic cases in which people’s ethno-cultural freedom is in conflict with their very own economic equal opportunities.  I aim to shed light on political designs that best accommodate this tension in different settings such as ethnic conflict, devolution, multi-level governance, and globalization.


Dr Durukan Kuzu holds a PhD in Government and an MSc. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught courses on the theory and problems of nationalism in the Government Department at LSE between 2010 and 2013. He was the co-chair of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, UK where he also conceived seminar series on Multiculturalism, Nationalism and the Politics of Gender. Dr. Kuzu is leading the Comparative Case Study Module for a new MPA (Master of Public Administration) course on Global Diversity Governance and acting as an independent Chair for the PhD Progress Review panels across Faculty and University Research Centres at Coventry. His research interests are centred on contemporary political philosophy, multiculturalism, nationalism, human rights, national minorities, comparative politics, mixed research methods, ethnic conflict, identity politics, Corsica, and the Kurdish question. Dr Kuzu’s latest book ‘Multiculturalism in Turkey: The Kurds and the State’ is under contract with Cambridge University Press. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nations and Nationalism, Comparative European Politics, and the Journal on Ethno-politics and Minority Issues in Europe.  His other works have also appeared in mainstream media such as CNN and Mail & Guardian and were featured in reports by several think tanks and inter-governmental organizations including Democratic Audit UK and International Organization for Migration (IOM). Dr. Kuzu is currently conducting a new mixed methods research project, funded by Coventry University, on multiculturalism in France and Corsican nationalism exploring the impact of identity politics on conflict, equalities and freedoms.



  • Kuzu, D. (Forthcoming) Multiculturalism in Turkey: The Kurds and the State. Cambridge University Press (under contract)
  • Kuzu, D (Forthcoming) Consociationalism and Power-Sharing in Europe: Arend Lijphart’s Theory of Political Accommodation. Palgrave Macmillan. The International Political Theory Series. (under contract) (Co-editing with Jakala, M. and Qvortrup, M).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Kuzu, D., and Jakala, M. (Forthcoming) ‘An overview of Consociationalism and its relevance in the 21th Century’   in Consociationalism and Power-Sharing in Europe: Arend Lijphart’s Theory of Political Accommodation. Kuzu, D., Jakala, M. and Qvortrup, M ( ed). Palgrave Macmillan. The International Political Theory Series.

 Other Journal Articles

Book Reviews

 Op-Ed Articles and Media Reports

Conference Papers

  • Kuzu, D. (2016) ‘Multiculturalism and Ethnic Insurgency. Prospects for Peace.’ the 21st Annual ASN World Convention. Held 14- 16 April 201 6 at Columbia University, New York, US. 
  • Kuzu, D. (2015) ‘The Kurds and the politics of recognition in Turkey’. British Council Researcher Links Workshop on New Modalities for Democratic Autonomy. Held 18-20 May 2015 at University of Ankara, Turkey. 
  • Kuzu, D. (2015) ‘Comparative Analysis of Political Systems and Ethnic Mobilization: Assimilation vs. Exclusion’. the 20th Annual ASN World Convention. Held 23-25 April 2015 at Columbia University, New York, US. 
  • Kuzu, D. (2015) ‘The role of Multiculturalism as a Conflict Solving Mechanism: A Comparative study of IRA (UK), FLNC (France) and PKK (Turkey)’. the 25th Annual ASEN Conference; “Nationalism: Diversity and Security”. Held 21-23 April 2015 at the London School of Economics, UK.  Also presented at the Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, Held 14- 15 September 2015 at Kent University, UK .
  • Kuzu, D. (2014) ‘Critical Perspectives on the Relationship between Human Security and Human Rights: The Case of the Kurds in Turkey’. 4th Istanbul Human Security Conference; 20 Years On: Human Security at Crossroads. Held 23-24 October 2014 at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. 
  • Kuzu, D. (2014) ‘National Minorities, Belonging and the Dichotomy of Civic-Ethnic Nationalism’. ASEN 2014 Conference: Nationalism and Belonging. Held 1-3 April 2014 at the London School of Economics, UK. 
  • Kuzu, D. (2013) ‘Non-Territorial Autonomy: Recourse to Cultural Nationalism? ’.Non-territorial autonomy, multiple cultures and the politics of stateless nations, European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions 2013. Held 11-16 March 2013 at Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany. 
  • Kuzu, D. (2012) ‘Models of Non-Territorial Autonomy and Kymlicka Type Multiculturalism. Liberal Approaches to the Kurdish Question in Turkey’. Non-Territorial Models of Autonomy Conference. held 9-10 November at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. 
  • Kuzu, D. (2012) ‘Ethnocentric Multiculturalism and Civic Nationalism: Enemies or Friends?’. 2012  Midwest Political Science Association Conference. held12-15 April  in Chicago, Illinois. 
  • Kuzu, D. (2009) ‘A Comparative Analysis of the Context-Sensitive Approach to Ethnocentric Multiculturalism and Nationalism’. Nationalism and Ethnicity Postgraduate Day. Held 11 May 2009 at the London School of Economics, UK.


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