Fotograaf: Beste Isleyen

mw. dr. B. (Beste) Isleyen

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance
  • Bezoekadres
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: B8.21
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam

I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.

Previously I was postdoctoral researcher in the 'Europe and the World' theme of ACCESS EUROPE at the University of Amsterdam (2014-2015). At ACCESS EUROPE, I worked on European Union security policies towards the Southern Mediterranean. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Tübingen (2014) with a scholarship by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation. My PhD research focussed on European Union engagement with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As a PhD student at the University of Tübingen, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses on European Union foreign relations and peace and conflict studies.

My research interests lie in international relations, critical security studies and political sociology.

My current research on migration and border governance in Turkey is funded by a VENI grant by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). Please visit the tab TRANSIT for more information on this research.

TRANSIT examines Turkey's governance of migration and borders. It focusses on everyday practices of what is called 'transit' migration in Turkey. In the context of its membership negotiations with the EU, Turkey has made a number of legal and administrative changes to 'Europeanise' its border and migration policies. TRANSIT explores to what extent such changes are reflected in the daily practices of migration and border governance by Turkish security and political professionals. The research also looks at the daily interaction between Turkish officials and migrants and asks how such interaction affects migrants' decisions.

TRANSIT (2015-2019) is funded by a VENI grant from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and is embedded in the Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance' programme group of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).



  • İşleyen, B. (2015). Governing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process: The European Union Partnership for Peace. Security Dialogue, 46(3), 256-271. DOI: 10.1177/0967010615579563 [details]
  • İşleyen, B. (2015). The European Union and neoliberal governmentality: Twinning in Tunisia and Egypt. European Journal of International Relations, 21(3), 672-690. DOI: 10.1177/1354066114554464 [details]


  • Isleyen, B. (2014). Protection or prevention? Different visions of EU international terrorism policy. In C. Carta, & J. F. Morin (Eds.), EU foreign policy through the lens of discourse analysis: making sense of diversity. (pp. 59-78). (The globalisation, Europe, multilateralism series). Farnham: Ashgate. [details]


  • Isleyen, B. (2008). The Role of the European Union in the Middle East Peace Process: A Civilian Power? Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag. [details]
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