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Emel Akçalı

Dr Emel Akçalı

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • Security


Emel Akçalı is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Defence Studies Department, King's College London. She teaches and researches about environmental geopolitics, critical security and geopolitical studies, gender, state and society and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa, and global International Relations. Her research thus far has been funded by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), British Institute in Ankara, Central European University (CEU), the Višegrad Fund, Fondation de Robert Schuman in Paris and she has been awarded CEU Institute of Advanced Study and Aix-Marseille University Institute of Advanced Study resident fellowships for world class foreign researchers in 2013 and 2016. She is the author of Chypre: Un enjeu geopolitique actuel (Cyprus, a contemporary geopolitical stake) published by l’Harmattan in Paris, in 2009 and she has a forthcoming book on Turkey Going Green published by Edinburgh University Press. 

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Geopolitics
  • Green Energy Transition
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Critical Geopolitics
  • Non-Western /Global IR
  • Geopolitical Imaginations
  • Post human IR 

Forthcoming and Recent Publications:


Emel welcomes PhD students looking to research in the broad area of international relations, critical geopolitics and critical security studies with a focus on the wider Mediterranean region, the Arctic and environmental politics.