Dr Zeynep Kaya
Department of Politics and International Relations
Lecturer in International Relations
Full contact details
Department of Politics and International Relations
Dr Zeynep Kaya joined the Department in May 2021, having previously worked at SOAS and the LSE. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the LSE. Her main research areas involve borderlands, territoriality, conflict, peace, political legitimacy and gender. She has recently published a monograph entitled Mapping Kurdistan: Territory, Self-Determination and Nationalism with Cambridge University Press.
Zeynep is co-editor of I.B. Tauris-Bloomsbury’s book series on Kurdish studies and co-convenor of Kurdish Studies Series with the LSE Middle East Centre. She is also an Academic Associate at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.
- Research interests
My research adopts an international historical sociology approach to the study of territoriality, borderlands and political legitimacy in the Middle East. I examine how politics related to these concepts change over time in connection with the transformation of international norms in world history. I am particularly interested in understanding non-state political actors (either sub-national or transnational) through situating them within an international context. I specifically focus on the Kurds and other groups in the borderlands of the Ottoman Empire and contemporary states in ex-Ottoman territories.
A second theme of my research is about the interactions between international and non-state actors in relation to peace, conflict and development processes in the Middle East today. I examine contemporary peacebuilding and development policies on gender, minorities and displacement in Iraq and situate this examination within a long-term political and historical international context.
- View this article in WRRO Mapping Kurdistan Territory, Self-Determination and Nationalism. Cambridge University Press.
- Autocratization, permanent emergency rule and local politics: lessons from the Kurds in Turkey. Democratization. View this article in WRRO
- Sexual violence, identity and gender: ISIS and the Yezidis. Conflict, Security & Development, 20(5), 631-652. View this article in WRRO
- The HDP, the AKP and the battle for Turkish democracy. Ethnopolitics, 18(1), 92-106. View this article in WRRO
- Sowing division: Kurds in the Syrian war. Middle East Policy, 24(1), 79-91. View this article in WRRO
- Constructing Identity through Symbols by Groups Demanding Self-determination: Bosnian Serbs and Iraqi Kurds. Ethnopolitics, 14(5), 505-512. View this article in WRRO
- Survival, Coexistence, and Autonomy: Yezidi Political Identity after Genocide In Tezcür GM (Ed.), Kurds and Yezidis in the Middle East: Shifting Identities, Borders, and the Experiences of Minority Communities (pp. 77-96). London: I.B. Tauris Bloomsbury. View this article in WRRO
- Orientalist Views of Kurds and Kurdistan In Tezcür GM (Ed.), Kurds and Yezidis in the Middle East: Shifting Identities, Borders, and the Experiences of Minority Communities London: I.B. Tauris Bloomsbury. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO The Kurdish Question In Whiting M & Özerdem A (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics (pp. 231-241). London: Routledge.
- The curious question of the PYD-PKK relationship In Stansfield G & Shareef M (Ed.), The Kurdish Question Revisited Oxford University Press
- Feminist Peace and Security in the Middle East and North Africa View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Women, Peace and Security and Displacement in the Middle East
- View this article in WRRO Displacement and women's economic empowerment: voices of displaced women in the Kurdistan region of Iraq
- View this article in WRRO Women, Peace and Security in Iraq: Iraq's National Action Plan to implement Resolution 1325
- View this article in WRRO Tackling radicalism in Turkey
- View this article in WRRO Iraq's Yazidis and ISIS: The Causes and Consequences of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
- View this article in WRRO Iraq synthesis paper: understanding the drivers of conflict in Iraq. Conflict Research Programme.
- View this article in WRRO Resilience policy and internally displaced women in Iraq: an unintentionally flawed approach. LSE Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series, 13.
- View this article in WRRO Gender and Statehood in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series, 18.
• Co-Investigator, NAFR1180137 British Academy grant of £5K: Post-conflict emergency rule as a tool of everyday government in Turkey (2020-2021)
• Principal Investigator, KEI Fund (LSE) grant of £45K: Displacement and WPS in Iraq (2017-2019)
• Co-Investigator, 262164UCF GRRI Collaboration Grant of £24K: Victimhood, survival and societal transformation among the Yazidis (2017-2019)
• Named lead researcher, GB-1-204428 DFID grant of £6million: Conflict Research Programme (2017-2020) led by Mary Kaldor and Alex de Waal
• Principal Investigator, RLWK6-261840247 British Council Researcher Links Workshop grant of £32K: Displacement, social welfare and human security in Turkey: challenges and prospects (2018-2019)
• Principal Investigator, Emirates Foundation grant of £90K: Complexity of humanitarian response to internal displacement in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (2016-2018)
• Co-Investigator, Rockefeller Fund (LSE) grant of £6K: Disaster and displacement: the resilience of women in Iraq and Nepal (2016-2017)
• Principal Investigator, Emirates Foundation grant of £90K: International actors and women’s rights in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (2013-2016)
- Teaching activities
Dr Zeynep Kaya currently teaches:
- POL3043 The Politics of Security
- POL3045 Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
- Professional activities
• Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Kurdish Studies Book Series, I.B. Tauris-Bloomsbury
• Co-Convenor of the Kurdish Studies Events Series, LSE Middle East Centre
• Specialist Adviser, UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (2017-2018)
• LSE Teaching Excellence Awards, 2012, 2013
• Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
• Deputy Editor, Millennium Journal of International Studies (2010-2011)
• Book Review Editor, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (2008-2010)