Dr. Özge Zihnioğlu joined the Department of Politics in 2019. Before joining the University of Liverpool, she worked as an associate professor at Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul. Özge holds a Ph.D. in political science and international relations and an associate professorship (in Turkey) in the area of European Union.
Özge's research focuses on civil society, activism, EU-Turkey relations, and EU civil society support. Özge has led two research projects funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey on the impact of EU civil society support in Turkey. Özge has also conducted a research project on the EU support in Northern Ireland with a grant from British Council. Özge is a member of Carnegie Endowment’s Civic Research Network, which examines the changing patterns of civic activism across the world and analyses the implications for a new generation of civil society assistance. As part of this Network Ozge conducts research and publishes on post-Gezi activism in Turkey.
Özge is open to supervising Ph.D. students in the following areas:
- EU studies
- civil society
- Turkish studies