Dr. Bahar Baser

Dr. Bahar Baser is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace, Trust and Social Relations. 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 Instituto 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. Bahar’s research interests include ethno-national conflicts and political violence, conflict resolution, third party mediation, migration and diaspora studies. Bahar has various publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and she recently published a book in Turkey entitled: “The Turkish-Kurdish Question in the Diaspora: Second-generation in Sweden and Germany.”

  • Baser, B. (2015) ‘Gezi Spirit in Transnational Space'. In Everywhere Taksim: Politics in Contemporary Turkey. Ed. By David, I., and Toktamis, K. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 251-265.
  • Baser, B. (2015) ‘Alternative Voices in the Kurdish Diaspora: The case of KOMKAR’. In Dismantling diasporas: rethinking the geographies of diasporic identity, connection and development. Ed. by Mavroudi, E., and Christou, A. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • INTERACT ProjectEuropean University Institute, Migration Policy Center: INTERACT project looks at the ways governments and non-governmental institutions in origin countries, including the media, make transnational bonds a reality, and have developed tools that operate economically (to boost financial transfers and investments); culturally (to maintain or revive cultural heritage); politically (to expand the constituency); legally (to support their rights). I was the UK and Turkey correspondent and worked on part-time basis and produced country reports.
  • Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty-ERC Funded: The project is comprised of four ERC team members who aspire to answer an overarching question: Does the mobilization of conflict-generated diasporas in liberal states have a mitigating or exacerbating effect on political conflict in homelands experiencing contested sovereignty? I was the post-doctoral fellow for this project for 2 years.
  • Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes”-Funded by the Swedish Foreign Ministry: In light of on-going globalization, environmental degradation, economic maldevelopment and violent conflict in many parts of the world, high levels of transnational migration flows will continue for the foreseeable future. An important puzzle to address is how the level of integration of immigrants abroad affects both their perceptions of, and impact on, efforts to build peace in their homelands. This question is part of a wider academic interest in how integration is related to the transnational behavior of diaspora communities. Understanding what shapes the attitudes and behavior of diasporas is very important given their potential power to influence the situation in the homeland for better or worse.