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PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
Areas of expertise
  • Foreign policy
  • Democratic participation
  • Development, cooperation and aid policies
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Turkey

PhD Thesis


Title: A Trilogy on Contemporary Turkey: Electoral Violence, Foreign Aid, and the European Union

PhD Supervisor: Ravinder Bhavnani




Buğra is a PhD candidate in the department of International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He also works as a Teaching Assistant for Capstone Projects in the Development Studies program at the Institute. Since 2017, he has collaborated with more than 25 IOs, NGOs, and the UN organizations based in Geneva on more than 30 different Capstone projects. Prior to the Institute, he completed his Master in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Sabancı University and his Bachelor in Philosophy (Minor in Political Science) at Bilkent University.

Buğra’s doctoral project focuses on three major subjects in contemporary Turkey: electoral violence, foreign aid, and Turkey’s accession to the EU. One of his dissertation papers titled “Foreign aid during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Turkey” has been published at Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. Lastly, his research interests include conflict processes, public diplomacy, soft power, Turkish foreign policy, and the EU-Turkey relations.