Bahar Başer

Dr. Bahar Başer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ERC funded project “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty,” led by Dr. Maria Koinova. Her research at PaIS will focus on the mobilization of Kurdish diaspora in Europe. Before joining Warwick, Bahar completed a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her methodology primarily focuses on qualitative research, including around 200 semi-structured interviews with Turkish and Kurdish Diaspora members in Germany and Sweden for her dissertation. She defended her thesis entitled “Inherited Conflicts: Contentious Diaspora Spaces between the Second-Generation Turks and Kurds in Germany and Sweden” in December 2012. During her PhD, Bahar had the opportunity to work as a Visiting Research Fellow at Humboldt University (Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences) in Germany, REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society) in Norrkoping, Sweden and Istituto Ciencias Sociais (ICS) in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her PhD, Bahar worked at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden as a Junior Researcher on the “Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes” project funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also has experience in broadcasting and journalism in her native country, Turkey. Bahar’s research interests include ethno-national conflicts and political violence, conflict resolution, third party mediation, migration and diaspora studies. She has several published articles related to diasporas and conflict resolution, third party mediation in Nagorno-Karabakh, political violence in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Tamil and Kurdish Diasporas.