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Dr Zeynep Kaya

Dr Zeynep Kaya is Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. She completed her PhD in International Relations at LSE on the interaction between international norms and ethnicist conceptions of territorial identity with a focus on the Kurdish case. She is currently working on her book titled The Idea of Kurdistan: International Norms and Nationalism.

Dr Kaya is also leading the research project on the role of international actors in enhancing women's rights after military intervention, focusing on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, in collaboration with the American University in Dubai.

Contact Details

Email: z.n.kaya@lse.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)207 955 6508

Research interests

  • Nationalism and international norms, particularly self-determination
  • Kurdish nationalism in the region and the diaspora
  • International political theory
  • Gender and state-building in the Kurdistan region of Iraq
  • Contemporary Turkish politics



Kaya, Zeynep (2015) Cautious hope for Turkey: Between a coalition government and early elections. LSE Middle East Centre (10 June 2015) Blog Entry

Kaya, Zeynep (2015) When sovereignty and self-determination overlap in claims to statehood: the case of Iraqi Kurdistan. In: International Relations and a new Middle East Symposium, 07-08 May 2015, Aarhus, Denmark

Kaya, Z. and Whiting, M. (2015) Ethnonational separatism in East Asia: the international dimension In: Pacheco-Pardo, R. and Reeves, J., (eds.) Non-Traditional Security in East Asia. Imperial College Press, London, UK, 93-118. ISBN 9781783267033

Kaya, Zeynep and Keranen, Outi (2015) Constructing identity through symbols by groups demanding self-determination: Bosnian Serbs and Iraqi Kurds Ethnopolitics, 14 (5). 505-512. ISSN 1744-9057


Kaya, Zeynep (2014) Further distance between EU and Turkey might jeopardise PKK-Turkish government talks. LSE Euro Crisis  in the Press (September 2014) Blog Entry

Kaya, Zeynep (2014) Book Review: The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy by Zaid Al-Ali. LSE Review of Books (05 Aug 2014) Blog Entry

Kaya, Zeynep (2014) Initial Reflections from a research trip to the Kurdistan region of Iraq. LSE Middle East Centre (14 May 2014) Blog Entry


Kaya, Z. and Whiting, M. (2013) Protests in Turkey: Competing visions for democracy. LSE European Politics and Policy (18 June 2014) Blog Entry

Kaya, Z. and Whiting, M. (2013) Can Turkey learn anything from Northern Ireland? LSE Middle East Centre (26 March 2013) Blog Entry


Kaya, Zeynep (2012) Oil dispute and ethno-politics in the Kurdish region of Iraq. LSE Ideas (August 2012) Blog Entry

Kaya, Zeynep (2012) Thoughts on the ethno-territorial demands of the Kurdish political groups. LSE Middle East Centre (30 July 2012) Blog Entry


Kaya, Zeynep (2008) Book Review: Kerim Yildiz and Tanyel B. Taysi, The Kurds in Iran: the past, present and future Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 36 (3). 649-651. ISSN 0305-8298