Zeynep is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Development Studies at SOAS and an Academic Associate at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. She is interested in understanding how communities and political groups perceive, interact with and challenge international processes and dominant norms. Her research looks at the relationship between gender, violence and development in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
Zeynep has a PhD in International Relations from the LSE, where she conducted research on the transformation of Kurdish nationalism and territorial identity in an international context. Her book Mapping Kurdistan: Territory, Self-Determination and Nationalism will be published by the Cambridge University Press in mid-2020.
Before moving to SOAS, Zeynep worked at the LSE Middle East Centre as a Research Fellow for six years. She was part of the UK DFID-Funded Conflict Research Programme and led projects on the gendered drivers of conflict in Iraq and the impact of genocide on the Yazidi community. She also conducted research on internal displacement in Iraqi Kurdistan, Women, Peace and Security and displacement in the Middle East, and women’s political participation in Kuwait. She published articles and reports on these topics as well as on Kurdish politics. She previously served as Specialist Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee at the UK Parliament.