Ayselin YILDIZ Yaşar University

Ayselin YILDIZ
Yasar University
Department of International Relations
Üniversite Caddesi, No:37-39,  35100 Bornova,  Izmir/ Turkiye
Tel: +90 232 570 88 51 Fax: +90 232 570 70 00
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Position: Assoc.Prof.Dr. Yasar University, Department of International Relations
UNESCO Chairholder on “International Migration” (2016-2024)
Committee Member, UNESCO Turkey Management of Social Transformations(MOST) Migration Group (2018-…)
Member of EuroMedMig
Member of GERIS Netwotk (Global Exchange on Religion in Society) 
Founder and Director, European Union Research Center (2005-2015)
Independent Expert/Evaluator for EU projects

Academic Studies:  Migration and Asylum Policies in Europe, EU-Turkey Relations, Border Management,  External Relations of the EU,  internationalization of higher education

Project Management Experience: (since 2002)

Middle East Technical University, International Relations, PhD (2012)
Middle East Technical University, MSc, European Studies (2004)
Anadolu University, Open Education Faculty, Jurisprudence (2018- 2020)
Dokuz Eylul University, BSc,International Relations (2001)
Bornova Anatolian Highschool (Eng)

Research Fellow:
University of Pittsburgh, EUCE/ESC, 2015 (USA)
University of California Berkeley, EU Center of Excellence, 2009 (USA)
Wageningen University, 2004 (Netherlands)

Teaching experience



Yıldız, A. 2016.”The European Union’s Immigration Policy: Managing Migration in Turkey and Morocco”. Palgrave Macmillan

Book Flyer

Edited Book 

Yıldız, A. 2019. “Integration of Refugee Students in European Higher Education: Comparative Country Cases”. Izmir: Yasar University Publications ISBN: 987-975-6339-71-8

Book Chapters

 Journal Articles

Research Reports

Policy Brief Editor

UNESCO Chair on International Migration Policy Brief Series, published at least 3 times in a year, ISSN: 2619-9440


  • COST-Action, History of Identity Documentation in European Nations: Citizenship,Nationality and Migration (HIDDEN)
  • Gender Equality and Higher Education in Iraq, SPARK
  • “Migrant Smuggling and Human Rights Education Module”, Council of Europe, 2022.
  • “Human Trafficking: Developing a Social Cohesion Methodology for the Migrants in Turkey”, IOM Turkey, 2022.
  • Training Module: Intercultural Communication, IOM Turkey
  • SAGLIGIM, EU Sivil Düşün Programe, Coordinator
  • Wellbeing, Housing, and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT), 2019-2021 (Funded by British Academy) (2019-2021), Senior Researcher
  • Mentoring Programme for Young People at Risk for Labour Force Entry (EMPLOY) (2019-2021), Senior Researcher
  • Preparation of Country of Origin Booklet (2020), Senior Researcher, Implementor: IOM Turkey, DGMM
  • Enhancing the Capacity of Removal Centres within the Framework of International Human Rights Standards (2019), Senior researcher, Implementor: IOM Turkey, DGMM
  • Needs Analysis Report of Removal/Readmission Centers, 2018, Research coordinator, Implementor: IOM Turkey, DGMM
  • Integrating Syrians into Turkish Higher Education through Recognition of Qualifications, Project Coordinator, 2018,   (HOPES MADAD Programme), 2017-2018
  • “Inclusion in or Exclusion from Turkish Labour Market? An Ethnographic Analysis on Syrian refugees in İzmir”, Project Coordinator, August 2017-February 2018, Yasar University Research Project (BAP)
  • IOM, “Perception of Smuggling Business and on Decision Making Processes of Migrants” IOM, 2016-2017, Research Coordinator
  • Jean Monnet Module, “EU Grants and Project Management”, Project Coordinator
  • Jean Monnet Module, “EU Grants and Project Management”, Project Coordinator, 2014-17
  • 7th Framework Marie Currie IRSES Programme: “Transatlantic Perspectives in a Changing Global Context: Multilateralism through Regionalism” Partner Coordinator, 2012-15
  • Erasmus Multilateral Programme: “UBIcamp: Integrated Solution to Virtual Mobility Barriers”, Partner Coordinator, 2012-14
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation Program: “Developing Case Based Vocational Training for Innovation Management”, Partner Coordinator, 2013-15
  • Izmir Development Agency, Economic Diversity in Rural Finacial Aid Programme: “Sarpıncık Soap Atelier: From Athena’s Olives to Karaburun’s Soaps”, Project Consultant, 2011-12
  • “Erasmus Intensive Turkish Courses”, Project Coordinator, 2011
  • Grundtvig Programme: “United in the Same Wine Glass”, Expert Counselling (Coordinator: Yasar University), 2012
  • Transversal Programme: “The Impact of LLL Strategies on Professional Higher Education”, Partner Coordinator, 2010-12
  • Comenius/ Multilateral Programme, “Project Based School Management”- External Evaluator
  • Leonardo da Vinci Programme, “Educational Strategies for the Promotion of Natural Heritage”, Partner Coordinator
  • Socrates/ Intensive Programmes- “Security in an Information Society”, Partner Coordinator, 2007-08
  • Projects Coordinated, Involved and Consulted (Page 2) LLP/Intensive Programmes-“Securing the Digital World”, Partner Coordinator, 2008
  • LLP/Intensive Programmes- “Management Summer School 2008”, Partner Coordinator, 2008
  • Jean Monnet Action-“If the ECSC was Negotiated Today”, Partner Coordinator, 2007
  • LLP/Thematic Networks- “The Network of European Studies”, Partner Coordinator, 2007
  • LLP/ Intensive Programmes:“Network Security 4 and 6” Project Coordinator, 2008-09
  • Bridges of Knowledge Programme: “Training Program on the Enlargement Process of the European Union and Turkey”, Project Assistant, 2002
  • Jean Monnet A3022,“ResearchingEurope: The European Integration by the View of Young Researchers”, Project Assistant, 2003
  • INTERREG III B MEDOCC Programme “Network of Mediterranean Universities and other Academic Institutions- Master in Euro-Mediterranean Affairs”, Project Assistant, 2002-2003
  • British Council-ODTÜ “Next Generation Europeans: Diversity in Action”, Project Assistant, 2003
  • Wageningen University (Netherlands), “Turkey in the European Union: Exploring the Consequences for Agricultural, Food, Rural Development and Structural Policy”, Project Assistant, 2004

Awards and Scholarships

  • UNESCO Chair on International Migration (2016-2020 and 2021-24)
  • Jean Monnet Module Grant for the course “EU Grants and Project Management”,  2015-2018
  • Research Fellow at University of Pittsburgh (USA), Marie Curie Grant, 2015
  • Research Fellow at University of California Berkeley (USA), 2009
  • Wageningen University (Netherlands), Ministry of Agriculture NL Grant
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