Baturay Yurtbay

Baturay Yurtbay

Department Visiting Student
13 January 2019 until 06 January 2020
Office Address:
Department of Politics and International Relatons, University of Oxford, Manor Road, OXford. OX1 3UQ

Baturay studied Political Science and International Relations at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey, and took a double major in Sociology at the same university. During his education, he also attended various universities such as The Hague University of Applied Sciences as an exchange student, Beijing Language and Culture University for the purposes of learning Mandarin, and University of Oslo. After his Bachelor’s with honours from both departments, he had an internship at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in the area of legislative training. He obtained a scholarship and took a Master’s at the Department of War Studies at King's College London, and then graduated with an honour’s degree from this university in 2016. During his MA, he worked on the subject of peace processes in Turkey by evaluating the socio-political steps in this process by attempting to understand governmental responses and the reactions of terrorist actions.

His main research areas are political sociology, social movements, terrorism studies and the sociology of war. Until this day, he has organised several certificate programs as a lecturer, called “Sociology of War” and “Social Dimensions of War and Terrorism” in the Department of Sociology at Yeditepe University, written several articles and a book, attended different conferences İn Istanbul and Barcelona, and given some talks in the Social Science Colloquium in the Sociology Department at Yeditepe University.

His doctoral research focuses on exploring the institutional responses and counter-terrorism strategies developed by Turkey and the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks organized by Al-Qaeda on the axis of the collective memory of the victims of terror affected by the 2003 and 2005 attacks. The research will also determine how these institutional responses and counter-terrorism strategies shaped and affected the collective memory of the victims of terror living in Istanbul and London and present a comparative case study on the London-Istanbul axis.

He has been a departmental assistant in the Department of Sociology at Yeditepe University since 2016. He is currently writing his thesis and conducting field research at Oxford University as a visiting student under the supervision of Prof. Elizabeth Frazer.