Projects

  • Previous Projects
    • The EU and Sub-Regional Multilateralism in Europe’s Sea Basins: Neighbourhood, Enlargement and Multilateral Co-operation (EU4SEAS/FP7): EU4SEAS is a research project which aims to analyze the effects of EU policies and strategies on sub-regional multilateralism in four areas: the Baltic, Black Sea, Caspian and Mediterranean basins with a view to formulate some policy recommendations in order to improve the synergies between the EU and sub-regional multilateralism in achieving their shared goals. The project is an interdisciplinary effort bringing together theoretical, empirical, comparative and prescriptive methodological aspects. This project is bringing seven research centers working in the four sea basins; Fundació Centre Internacional de Documentació de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (CIDOB), Center for European Studies at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (CES-METU), International Centre for Defence Studies, Tallinn, Estonia (ICDS), International Centre for Policy Studies, Kyiv, Ukraine (ICPS), Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy (IAI), Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland (IIA-CSSS), Centre for National and International Studies, Baku, Azerbaijan (CNIS) and Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions, Rennes, France (CPMR).
    • Transatlantic Perspectives in a Changing Global Context: Multilateralism Through Regionalism (EU-GLOBAL/FP7): The main aim of this research project is to establish and strengthen long-term new research partnerships between European Research Area (ERA) institutions and respected research institutions in USA that are specifically working on European studies. The projects aims to create a network platform that involves partners awarded as Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in EU Studies, foster transfer and exchange of knowledge with a special focus on Euro-Transatlantic comparative perspective. Thus, the project aims not only to create research partnerships but also equip participating researchers with an unprecedented comparative perspective on EU affairs since it will combine outlooks from a founding EU-member state, Germany, a candidate country, Turkey and beyond the Atlantic, the USA. The project partners are: Middle East Technical University Center for European Studies (Turkey), University of Cologne Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and European Affairs (Germany), Yasar University EU Research Center (Turkey) University of California Berkeley EU Center (USA), University of Pittsburgh European Union Center of Excellence (USA). The project offers mobility of 14 researchers from ERA to USA and 12 researchers from USA to ERA in 3 years time specifically studying comprehensive security and governance with a comparative and transatlantic perspective. The proposal offers mobility of 26 researchers and the total period of secondments is 88 months designed in groups of 1, 3 and 6 months.
    • Irregular Migration: Counting the Uncountable: Data and Trends Across in Europe (EU/FP6 ClANDESTINO): This interdisciplinary project is a response to the need for supporting policy makers in designing and implementing appropriate policies regarding irregular migration. The project aims: (a) to provide an inventory of data and estimates on irregular migration (stocks and flows) in selected EU countries, (b) to analyse these data comparatively, (c) to discuss the ethical and methodological issues involved in the collection of data, the elaboration of estimates and their use, (d) to propose a new method for evaluating data/estimates on irregular migration in the EU. The project will address these aims in selected EU countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain in southern Europe; Netherlands, UK, Germany and Austria in Western and Central Europe; Poland, Hungary, Slovakia in Central Eastern Europe). It will also look at transit migration in countries/regions used as key “stepping stones” by irregular migrants en route to the EU, notably Turkey, Ukraine and one Maghreb country. Where relevant, the project will consider the factors affecting the shift between legal and undocumented status among migrant populations. The project consortium involves 4 academic partners, one policy institute and one NGO. The first five partners (based in Austria, Britain, Germany, Greece and Poland) will be engaged in empirical and theoretical research for the project in the countries where they are based. They will also select, assign and coordinate the work of national experts based in the other European countries. The project plans include dissemination activities at the local/national level and European level organised by the NGO partner in several among the countries studied.
    • Establishing the Turkish Refugee Council Project: ‘Establishing the Turkish Refugee Council Project’ had commenced its preparations from August 2015 onwards. Within these preparations, it was seen that in Turkey there was not an umbrella organization in fields of asylum and refugees although there was a clear need for such an organization. The main reason for such a need is the idea of creating an infrastructure of a forum where NGOs working in the fields of asylum and refugees, interested individuals and research centers can come together. With this idea, a wide range of goals were set such as: supporting the works, areas of influence and interactions of NGOs who work in these fields, if needed providing coordination in some of their works, supporting the search for financial resources, supporting the determination of asylum policies, influencing national and international agenda on these matters, raising awareness regarding asylum and supporting the spread of correct information on these matters. With the cooperation of ATV (Open Society Association), İGAM (The Research Centre on Asylum and Migration), and METU JMCE, ‘Establishing the Turkish Refugee Council Project’ was finalized on 20 June 2016 with the establishment of the Turkish Refugee Council.  
  • Current Projects
    • The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios (FEUTURE/HORIZON 2020): The EU and Turkey face mounting challenges both in relation to one another and internationally. The EU has recently been confronted with a series of crises, e.g. in the economic and migration dimensions. These developments as well as the Brexit-question are likely to make differentiation a growing phenomenon. On the other hand, Turkey faces polarisation between different political forces, the state and civil society. The neighbourhood is unravelling to the east and south and a power shift is under way at global level. This questions the regional roles of Turkey and the EU. Against this backdrop, FEUTURE’s research aims to: map the dynamics of EU-Turkey relations as to underlying narratives and thematic drivers; substantiate most likely future scenario(s) and assess its implications; draw policy recommendations. FEUTURE provides excellence and pursues an ambitious, inspiring and innovative programme in a three-phased structure of elaboration, exploration and extrapolation. It applies an inter-temporal, interdisciplinary and international approach by analysing drivers within six thematic dimensions (politics, security, economics, energy, migration, identity) and across four levels of analysis (EU, Turkey, neighbourhood, global).
    • Power and Regions in a Multipolar Order (PRIMO/FP7) Marie Curie Initial Training Network: PRIMO is a global PhD programme studying the rise of regional powers and its impact on international politics at large. PRIMO is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme and has started on October 1, 2013. The network consists of 11 partner institutions and 3 associated partners from the academic, business and think tank world. PRIMO includes 12 PhD and 2 Post-Doc-Projects. PRIMO studies the actions, relations, processes and mechanisms of BRICS states’ interactions, both in their own regions and with well-established powers, multilateral institutions and non-state actors. PRIMO will account for processes of identity construction, the formation of foreign policy goals, and the strategies of regional powers at the regional and global level. PRIMO is a truly global research training network. It combines leading scholars in International Relations and Area Studies from prestigious universities located in old and new powers and integrates expertise from the private sector and think tanks.
    • Columbia University, USA and JMCE CES METU joint project Syrian Refugees: Struggles on the Road to Resettlement: The proposed two-year project is designed to: (1) establish a consortium of faculty from Columbia University’s professional schools as well as Jordanian and Turkish universities, in order to inform future multidisciplinary interventions and policy research to help in the resettlement of Syrian refugees and provide recommendations for a new paradigm of refugee integration that fosters development of host societies using the immense potential of refugees, (2) conduct a pilot study in Jordan and Turkey to examine the services delivered to refugees by NGOs, including health, mental health, legal, social and education services, as well as barriers to service delivery, (3) create a graduate-level curriculum for Columbia University students with participation from faculty across Columbia as well as partner universities in Jordan and Turkey, and provide research training opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition to Columbia University School of Social Work and JMCE CES METU, the partners in the Global Consortium are as follows: faculty from professional schools across Columbia University (USA); Columbia Global Centers in Amman, faculty from multiple schools within the University of Jordan, and representation from the Jordanian Senate (Jordan); Columbia Global Center in Istanbul, Koc University Medical School, Istanbul Bilgi University Law Faculty, the Department of Public Health at Istanbul University Medical School, the Human Resource Development Foundation, and the Research Center on Asylum and Migration (Turkey) have agreed to participate in the proposed study.
    • TRIANGLE: Blickwechsel in EU/German-Turkish Relations Beyond Conflicts – Towards a Unique Partnership for a Contemporary Turkey? Since autumn 2015 a multitude of developments have rendered comprehensive analysis of relations between Turkey, Germany and the EU more relevant than ever. Against this backdrop, EU/German-Turkey relations seem to be highly relevant and highly controversial or even conflictual at the same time. The research of the project TRIANGLE aims at assessing and analysing these relations by adopting a distanced academic approach focussing on institutions and narratives. It assumes that a fundamental restructuring of EU-Turkey and German-Turkish relations would require ‘critical junctures’ that entail ‘Blickwechsel’, and is going to test whether or not and if so in how far these latest developments constitute a ‘critical juncture’, substantially changing the way in which the political elites of EU and Germany interact with their Turkish counterparts and triggering a ‘Blickwechsel’ in EU-Turkey relations. The project consists of the following work packages: (i) Conceptual and Contextual Inventory; (ii) Mapping the institutional architecture; (iii) Narratives of EU-Turkey relations; (iv) Unique Partnership for Contemporary Turkey? (v) Dissemination and Qualification of Young Academics. The project starts out by taking stock of the existing theoretical, conceptual and empirical elements that help to detail and frame the project’s research further in WP I “Conceptual and Contextual Inventory”. Work Packages II and III form the empirical analysis. The results will be evaluated in WP IV “Unique Partnership for Contemporary Turkey?”. It provides the future oriented answer on which event in the post-November 2015 era marked a ‘critical juncture’ in EU/German-Turkish relations and how this relates to a Blickwechsel in European, German and Turkish narratives. As an ongoing activity, TRIANGLE disseminates its research results and focuses on the qualification and information of young academics as well as the broader interested public and stakeholders (WP V “Dissemination and Qualification of Young Academics”: see “Public Relations Concept” outlined in Chapters 6 and 7). The project TRIANGLE involves two main partners, Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS), University of Cologne and at Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Studies (JMCE CES), Middle East Technical University. The project teams at CETEUS and JMCE CES will be working on work packages cooperatively. There is also a list of extended network researchers and possible cooperation partner institutions that may provide contribution to particular work packages.
  • Projects in Application Process
    • ENCOUNTERS in the framework of Horizon 2020: In an era where the EU has to deal with large numbers of migrants trying to cross its borders, and where, simultaneously, its policy to deal with this issue is widely criticised for being ineffective and failing to respect fundamental rights, the project ENCOUNTERS sets out to advance a comprehensive approach of the way the EU deals with migration. The project does this by assessing the coherence and effectiveness of the external dimension of EU migration policy. ENCOUNTERS will tackle the issue of migration in its entirety, paying equal attention to world of policy dynamics and the world of migration processes. The project will explore when and where the two worlds of policy dynamics and migration processes meet, or not, and which consequences this has for coherence and effectiveness of EU migration policy. Combining expertise of academics within anthropology, human geography, law, political science, public administration, demography, sociology, development studies, and environmental studies, the proposed research will generate a deeper understanding of the causes and aspirations behind migration and migration policies and ultimately develop a theory on why people move and if and how the EU’s migratory policies influence these movements. The project consortium will involve university partners both inside the EU (the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, the UK) and outside of Europe (Ukraine, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria and Morocco) and NGOs present in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya, Niger and Afghanistan.
    • Mapping Refugee Needs: Information&Livelihoods Needs Assessment, Mercy Corps: In the past two years, and especially since the inception of the MALUMAT program, Mercy Corps has conducted a number of assessments in Gaziantep and consulted research carried out by others including the UNHCR, the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), universities and I/NGOS to continuously inform our programming. Our assessments looked at: the needs of adolescents in Gaziantep, the opportunities and constraints for youth in the city’s labor market, and the ability of Syrian and Turkish households and adolescents to access information on services provided by the public, civil and private sectors, as well as their ability to obtain these services. For the coming 2017 implementation cycle, we are seeking to update our understanding of our target populations by conducting needs assessment focused primarily on two components: (1) Gaps in Accessing/Digesting Information and Services and (2) Livelihoods Needs Assessment. This scope of work will cover three geographies centered in Gaziantep, Izmir and Istanbul. Separate deliverables will be required for each site, with a short summary of synergies/dissimilarities between the locations.