Dr Emel Akcali

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Political and Cultural Studies

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+44 (0) 1792 295226

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Emel Akçalı is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations. Prior to coming to Swansea, she was a resident fellow at the IMERA - Institute of Advanced Study of Aix Marseille University in France and an assistant professor at the International Relations Department of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her teaching and research interests span the state, society, conflict and politics in the Middle East and North Africa, social movements, upheavals and (trans-)formation of collective identities in the age of globalization, the limits of neoliberal governmentality outside of the Western realm, critical realist philosophy and non-Western and alternative globalist geopolitical discourses. She has been awarded the CEU Institute of Advanced Study and Aix-Marseille University Institute for Advanced Study resident fellowships for her on-going research on the challenges of state and societal transformation in post-revolutionary Tunisia. She is the author of Chypre: Un enjeu géopolitique actuel (l’Harmattan, Paris, 2009) and her work has been published in Political Geography, Security Dialogue, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Antipode, Annals of the American Geographers, Asian Journal of Social Sciences, South European Society and Politics, Journal of International Relations and Development and Geopolitics. She has also edited a volume published by Palgrave entitled Neoliberal Governmentality and the Future of the State in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • State, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Social Movements and Upheavals
  • Globalisation and neoliberalism
  • Ethno-territorial conflicts and their resolution
  • Refugee Governmentality and Diaspora Business
  • Governmentality
  • Critical Realis

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

International Relations Theories

Non-Western/ Global IR

State, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Gender and Politics in the MENA

Globalisation and Global Issues

Critical Security Studies

Award Highlights

2016 - Associate Professor - Doçent – Status, The Council of Higher Education, Ankara, Turkey (April 22)

2016 - Aix-Marseille University Institute for Advanced Study, IMéRA resident fellowship for world-class foreign researchers –January- July 2016

2013 - Central European University Institute of Advanced Study Fellowship

2021 - The Centre for Applied Turkey Studies of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wisssenschaft un Politik, SWP), to work on Environmental Geopolitics in the Southern Mediterranean: The Potential for Cooperation between Turkey, Egypt and Israel.