Renk Özdemir

Renk Özdemir

Visiting Scholar
Renk Özdemir is assistant professor of International Relations at Hacettepe University, Ankara. Dr. Özdemir developed an interest in forced migration during her work as translator at the Logistics, Telecommunications and Disaster Preparedness Units of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Norwegian Refugee Resettlement Mission to Turkey and the UNHCR Ankara office. Dr. Özdemir holds an MA degree in International Relations from Hacettepe University, an MSc degree in Social Research Methods in International Relations from the University of Sussex and a PhD degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex. She taught Theories of International Relations and International History at the Middle East Technical University Cyprus Campus as adjunct lecturer. Upon full time appointment as lecturer and later as assistant professor of International Relations she also taught courses such as Research Methods in Social Sciences, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Introduction to Philosophy and History of Political Thought at Hacettepe University. Her work on forced migration has been supported by the ORSAS scheme and the Jean Monnet scholarship and by grants from the MiReKoc, FPME, BIAA and TUBITAK. Dr. Özdemir's work on the Greek and Turkish populations' forced transfer in the aftermath of World War I also received the Robert W. and Jessie Cox Essay Award and the Routledge - GCP&S Essay Award. At CMES, she is writing a monograph on the Syrian refugee crisis. When the Syrian asylum seeker crisis first occurred, asylum seekers were granted with temporary protection in the Republic of Turkey as the 1951 Geneva Convention was promulgated into the Turkish national legislation with a geographical limitation. Dr. Özdemir's monograph re-visits Turkey's asylum policy and the changes it underwent since the year 2011.