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dr. B. (Beste) Isleyen

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance
Photographer: onbekend

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:B9.05
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    I am an assistant professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam since 2015. 

    I currently hold a VENI grant by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). This research looks at the daily governance of migration and borders in Turkey. More information on this research can be obtained under the TRANSIT tab.

    I am on the editorial advisory board of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Also, I am an affiliated researcher at Jean Monnet Network EUMENIA as well as at FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial, which is a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) led by Professor Marieke de Goede.

    I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Tübingen (2014) with a scholarship by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the 'Europe and the World' theme of ACCESS EUROPE at the University of Amsterdam (2014-2015). 

    My research interests lie in International Relations, Critical Security Studies and International Political Sociology. I have worked on European Union engagement with the Southern Mediterranean with a focus on peace and conflict, counter-terrorism, socio-economic development and civil society promotion. Please visit the PUBLICATIONS tab for research ouput.    



    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).

  • Teaching

    Blocks 2 & 3

    EU-Middle East Relations

    Blocks 4, 5 & 6

    European Security Politics 

  • Publications




    • Gros, V., de Goede, M., & İşleyen, B. (2017). The Snowden Files Made Public: A Material Politics of Contesting Surveillance. International Political Sociology, 11(1), 73-89. [details]
    • İşleyen, B. (2017). The External Dimension of European Union Counter-Terrorism Discourse: Good Governance, the Arab “Spring” and the “Foreign Fighters”. Uluslararasi Iliskiler/Journal of International Relations, 14(55), 59-74. [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.


    • Isleyen, B. (2016). 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). London: Routledge. [details]
    • İşleyen, B. (2016). [Review of: N. Vaughan-Williams (2015) Europe's border crisis: biopolitical security and beyond]. Global Affairs, 2(5), 541-543. [details]


    • Isleyen, B. (2015). The daily governance of transit migration in Turkey at European Union borders: the Europeanization of Turkish border and migration governance (NWO-Veni Grant).

    Journal editor

    • Isleyen, B. (member of editorial board) (2019-2021). Environment and Planning D - Society & Space (Journal).
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