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Efser Rana Coskun is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Department of International Relations, Bilkent University, Turkey. She holds an MSc degree in International Development from University of Bristol, United Kingdom, and BSc in Global and International Affairs from Middle East Technical University in Turkey and Binghamton University, USA.
Her research interests cover the fields of International Relations Theories with a particular focus on non-Western perspectives, emotions, resilience, the interplay between development studies, social movements and humanitarianism particularly in terms of Turkey’s humanitarian agency in Somalia and Syrian refugee crisis. Her recent article entitled “The role of emotions during the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt in light of repertoires” has been published in Globalizations in February 2019.
She previously worked as an assistant in the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations in 2011-2012 and United Nations Development Program in Ankara in 2011 summer.
During my research at ODID, I will strive to bring a conceptualization of Turkey’s humanitarian agency towards Syrians living in Turkey regarding in various aspects. In this respect, the concept of resilience, apart from being a grassroots alternative, will be a conceptual tool of my conceptualization of ‘what is ‘rethinking the local’ in Turkey’s humanitarianism. Through doing this, my objective is to investigate to what extent Turkey’s approaches are contributions to create resilient Syrian communities.