Rabia Karakaya Polat

Rabia Karakaya POLAT is a professor of political science at the Department of International Relations at Işık University. Her research has focused on three streams: political implications of technology (particularly the Internet), critical security studies and more recently critical discourse analysis. Prof. Polat’s research has been funded by Tubitak and the British Academy. Her most recent publication is “Religious Solidarity, Historical Mission and Moral Superiority: Construction of External and Internal ‘Others’ in AKP’s Discourses on Syrian Refugees”, Critical Discourse Studies, 15(5), pp:500-516, 2018.

Vivien Lowndes

Vivien LOWNDES is professor of public policy at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham. She undertakes research, teaching and knowledge transfer on local governance and public services, with a particular interest in partnerships, citizen participation, community cohesion and gender issues. She is currently working with Professor Rabia Karakaya Polat on a British Academy/Newton Fund project to research local government responses to Syrian refugees in Turkey. Vivien is co-editor (with Dave Marsh and Gerry Stoker) of Theories and Methods in Political Science (Palgrave, 2017), and the author of numerous journal articles in her field.