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Dr Sevinc Bermek holds a BA in Economics from Bilkent University and an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. Sevinc received her PhD from the Centre for Research and Ethnic Relations at University of Warwick.

Her doctoral dissertation was on the ‘Emergence, Consolidation of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey and its Impact on Turkish Politics and Society.’ She also worked as part-time research collaborator on the “Intra- and Inter-societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond (ISSICEU)” (FP7 project) for the Centre for Culture and Governance in Europe, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Research interests

  • Political parties, party system and party cleavages
  • Turkish politics
  • Electoral behavior and Gender
  • Socio-economic transformation in Turkey and in the Middle East


Bermek, S. The Rise of Hybrid Political Islam in Turkey: Origins and Consolidation of the JDP, Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

Expertise and media engagement

BBC World News, invited in 2016 November.

Selected conference presentations: 

Assessing the Outcome of the Recent Turkish ElectionsTowards a Post-AKP or not?”
Guest Speaker at the Public Conference Research Turkey, LSE, London, 2015 April.

Desperate (Turkish) Housewives? Political Misrepresentation, Neoliberalismand the Drivers of Increased Female Electoral Support for Political Islam in Turkey” Paper presented at the 2013 APSA Annual Conference, Chicago, USA

Meeting the Demands of Ordinary People: Consolidation of Political Islam in Turkey via Catering for its Social Bases and the AKP’s Feedback Effect into the Turkish Society” Paper presented at the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy, New York University, New York, 2012 November.

The Emergence, Consolidation and Significance of the AKP in Turkey: Theoretical Framework and Methodological Approach” Paper presented at the Contemporary Turkish Studies Annual Doctoral Dissertation Conference, London School of Economics, London, April 2011.



Teaching contribution for the following modules: 

  • 7AAJM201 The European Union and the Middle East Economics, Politics and Peace
  • 5AAH3014 Far Away So Close: The Middle East since 1800