Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya 


Ayhan Kaya is the Director of the European Institute. He is a Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism at the Department of International Relations, İstanbul Bilgi University; and a member of the Science Academy, Turkey.
He received his PhD and MA degrees at the University of Warwick, England. He is the principal investigator for the ERC project titled “Nativism, Islamophobism and Islamism in the Age of Populism: Culturalisation and Religionisation of what is Social, Economic and Political in Europe”. Kaya was previously a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence, Italy, and adjunct lecturer at the New York University, Florence in 2016-2017. He previously worked and taught at the European University Viadrina as Aziz Nesin Chair in 2013, and at Malmö University, Sweden as the Willy Brandt Chair in 2011. Some of his books are Turkish Origin Migrants and Their Descendants: Hyphenated Identities in Transnational Space (London: Palgrave, 2018); Europeanization and Tolerance in Turkey (London: Palgrave, 2013); Islam, Migration and Integration: The Age of Securitization (London: Palgrave, 2012)



Aslı Aydın-Sancar, MA

Project Manager

Aslı Aydın-Sancar graduated from İstanbul Bilgi University with a BA degree in Media and Communication Systems and received her MA degree at BİLGİ’s European Studies programme. She currently works at the European Institute of İstanbul Bilgi University as the Project Manager and Institutional Coordinator and she is responsible for academic and administrative event planning, and management of EU funded projects. Her academic interests include EU-Turkey relations, migration, and communication systems.



Ayşe Tecmen, PhD

ERC Research Fellow

Ayşe Tecmen is the post-doctoral researcher for the ERC project titled “Nativism, Islamophobism and Islamism in the Age of Populism: Culturalisation and Religionisation of what is Social, Economic and Political in Europe”. She is also a researcher for the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project titled ‘Critical Heritages: Performing and representing identities in Europe’ (CoHERE) at İstanbul Bilgi University’s European Institute. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Bristol. She graduated from Emory University in the USA with a BA degree in Political Science and received her MA degree in European Studies with High Honours from İstanbul Bilgi University. Her fields of interest include public diplomacy, nation branding, commercial nationalism, culture, tourism and European identity.



Jais Adam-Troian, PhD

ERC Research Fellow

Jais Adam is a researcher for the ERC project. After obtaining an MA in Social Psychology of Health, he completed a PhD in Social Psychology (Aix-Marseille Université). His current research focuses on predicting violent political behaviour (e.g. terrorism, protest violence) and exploring the way societal threats (e.g. terror attacks, economic crises) drive intergroup conflicts through reciprocal ideological extremization.



Didem Balatlıoğulları

Administrative Assistant

Didem Balatlıoğulları is an administrative assistant at European Institute of İstanbul Bilgi University. She graduated from İstanbul Bilgi University’s Management of Performing Arts programme. After her graduation, she started to master degree in Cultural Management programme at BİLGİ. Her research areas are cultural policies, cultural diplomacy and minority studies.