Friedrich Püttmann

Friedrich Püttmann

PhD Candidate

European Institute

Room No
English, French, German
Key Expertise
Islam in Europe, Migration, Turkey, Kosovo, German policy-making

About me

Friedrich Püttmann is a PhD candidate at the European Institute and a Research Associate at Istanbul Policy Center

His thesis analyses the relation between religion and refugee reception in Turkey and France, employing both statistical and ethnographic methods. Friedrich's research interests centre around Muslims in Europe, identity politics and processes of integration as well as Turkey and the Balkans. His professional expertise also includes migration and foreign policy.  

Prior to starting his PhD, Friedrich worked for two years as a political analyst at think tanks in Berlin and Ankara, and did a traineeship with the Turkey Division of the EU’s diplomatic service (EEAS) in Brussels. He continues to write regular policy briefs and moderate panel discussions on Turkey, and is contributing to a research project on EU-Turkey co-operation on migration financed by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

Friedrich holds an MSc in Sociology with distinction from the University of Oxford as well as an MSc in European Studies from the LSE, where he received prizes for best dissertation and best overall performance.

He was educated in Germany and France, and worked as a TV actor during his teenage years, which led him to a one-year volunteer service at a performing arts centre in Kosovo where his film project about unity in diversity was featured on national television. He subsequently pursued undergraduate studies in sociology, philosophy and politics at the University Colleges of Maastricht and Freiburg as well as Boğazici University in Istanbul, supported by a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung).

Friedrich's doctoral studies are funded by an LSE PhD Studentship and the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Academia and Culture. 

Academic Supervisors

Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece and Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Imagining Islam in Kosovo – The social construction of the Kosovar Muslim subject among European political actors (2020), Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 20(2): 307-325. DOI:

The Making of the Good British Muslim – How the Poppy Hijab shapes British Muslims’ Sense of Self and Belonging (2018), Journal of Muslims in Europe, 7(3): 351-375. DOI:

Other academic publications

Securitising the Oriental – How Islam becomes a Threat to Kosovo (2019), Südosteuropa Mitteilungen, 59(2): 30-44.

Can the Balkan Muslims help Europe represent Islam? (2018) Südosteuropa Mitteilungen, 58(5): 110-122.

Turkey and the European Chicken-and-Egg Problem – Towards a Value-Rational Approach to Europeanisation (2018), Südosteuropa Mitteilungen, 58(1): 54-65.

Behind the Anatolian Revolution – Unveiling the Influence of Class on the Popularity of the Islamist Movement in Turkey (2016), Südosteuropa Mitteilungen, 56(4): 30-43.

To be European means to be me – The Perspective of Young Muslims in Kosovo on European Identity (2016), Südosteuropa Mitteilungen, 56(2): 46-63.