Umut Korkut (United Kingdom)

Umut Korkut


Umut Korkut is Reader in International Politics at Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. Previously, I was Research Fellow in the School for Politics and International Relations at the University College Dublin (2007-2010). I completed my DPhil (magna cum laude) at Central European University in Budapest in 2004. In 2009, I was awarded Associate Professorship by the Turkish Higher Education Council. Since 2007, I have carried professional service and international roles for Political Studies Association as convenor of Comparative European Politics Specialist Group. In 2016, I was appointed as a Trustee for the Executive Committee of PSA. For the academic year 2015-2016, I have been a visiting fellow of the Slavic-Eurasian Research Centre at Hokkaido University ( as part of a research group on interwar Eurasianism and Japan’s involvement in international politics.

I have an established research agenda, spanning a number of areas to which I apply discursive research tools. I have international and national reputation first in European politics, with specialisation in East European and Turkish politics; second in migration and forced migration with specialisation in East Mediterranean and Eastern Europe; and third in religion, gender and politics. In studies of these three fields, my research is quite distinctive in its use of different theories spanning from social representation theory, dialogical analysis, and comparative historical analysis to institutional analysis.

In 2018, I published new monograph entitled “Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey: Centralised Islam for Socio-Economic Control” with Routledge. I have also finalised an AHRC funded “The Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey” project. At the moment, I am the Primary Investigator for a Horizon 2020 funded project RESPOND: Multi-level Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond (2017-2020)