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Muzaffer Kutlay joined King’s in May 2019 as a Lecturer in European Foreign Policy. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent and an MA from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Before moving to King’s, Muzaffer was a Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Kent (2017-2019) and Research Assistant to the H2020 UPTAKE project (691818).

In 2017, she taught an MA module on Politics of Forced Migration at City, University of London as visiting lecturer and earlier, worked as researcher in a policy-oriented research institution and contributed as an analyst to several policy briefs. She has presented many papers and co-organised several workshops in co-operation with LSE Ideas, University of Kent’s Diplomacy @Kent Beacon Project, British Institute at Ankara, and Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

Research Interests

  • European Union, integration, enlargement and foreign policy
  • South-East and East European Politics
  • Bulgaria
  • Inter-ethnic co-existence in post-conflict societies in Europe
  • Displacement studies with a focus on state-mandated forced migration, IDPs and voluntary return

Dr Kutlay’s research interests currently focus on contemporary political debates of migration, refugees and persons belonging to minorities with a geographical focus on the EU and its member states. She is interested in exploring migration, refugee and minority rights policies at the local, national, regional and international levels and the critical role of political institutions, power sharing mechanisms and social capital in interethnic co-existence in post-conflict societies in Europe and facilitating voluntary return.


Dr Kutlay has taught several UG and PG modules on Foreign Policy of the EU, East European Politics and Politics of Forced Displacement. She is currently module convenor for:

Expertise and Public Engagement

Dr Kutlay occasionally contributes commentaries to international and national media outlets such as BBC World Service, Al Jazeera International, Der Tagessipiegel and Capital BG.



Kutlay, M. (2017). The Turks of Bulgaria: An Outlier Case of Forced Migration and Voluntary Return. International Migration 55 (5) :162-179.

Book Publications

Loizides, N. and Kutlay, M. (2019). The Cyprus Stalemate: Opportunities for Peace and Lessons from Turkish-Bulgarian Ethnic Relations. In: Heraclides, A. and Cakmak, G. eds. Greece and Turkey in Conflict and Cooperation. Routledge, pp. 145-157.