Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alper Kaliber (please click here for CV)
This is a two-year research project entitled "Europeanization of Public Debates and Civil Society in Turkey" (EUROCIV). It was launched in September 2012 and is supported by the European Commission within the context of the 7th Framework Programme.
This research awarded with Marie Curie Career Integration Grant will be conducted by Dr. Alper Kaliber under the mentorship of Prof. Ayhan Kaya in the European Institute at Bilgi University. It aims to explore the impact of the EU and other institutions, norms and policies of European integration on the politically mobilised civil society in Turkey.
It investigates how and in what ways the EU-required legal and constitutional reforms on the freedom of association and assembly have affected the political/structural conditions in which civil society organizations operate in Turkey. It assesses how various EU funds and increasing opportunities of making collaboration with the European counterparts are beneficial to the civil society actors in re-organising and developing their strategies, objectives and frames of actions
The project also explores how these politically mobilised civil society organizations react to and make use of the EU/European context to increase their influence and to promote their political agenda.