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Institut de Sociologie
bureau S.11.117, 11ème étage

44, av. Jeanne,
B 1050 Bruxelles

T: +32 (0) 2 650 34 43
F: +32 (0) 2 650 31 38

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  • Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences sociales
  • Département de Science politique
  • Professeurs - Corps académique
  • Centre d'étude de la vie politique
  • Professeurs - Corps académique

Informations secrétariat

  • Office hours: Friday 12:15-14:15 by appointment, Institute of Sociology, S building, 11th floor, Room S.11.117
  • Permanences: sur rendez-vous les vendredis de 12h15-14h15 à l’Institut de Sociologie, étage 11, local S.11.224


  • Centre d'Etude de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL
  • Département de Science politique, ULB
  • Institut d'études européennes (IEE)
  • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
  • Academic association for contemporary European Studies (UACES)
  • German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP)



2014:Ph.D. in Political Science, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

  • Dissertation: ‘The Impact of the EU on Turkish Foreign Policy during the Pre-Accession Process to the EU: À la Carte Europeanization’
  • Supervisor: Prof. Mario Telò
  • Research award by TUSIAD for doctoral studies

2006:Diplomatic School, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2002:Master of Science (MSc) in European Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), (merit degree)

  • Thesis: ‘The Implications of the CESDP for non-EU, European NATO Members’
  • Supervisor: Prof. William Wallace
  • Jean Monnet Scholarship granted by the European Commission (in the selection exam ranked first among all participants)

2001:BA in Political Science and International Relations, Marmara University, (high honors)

Work Experience

Since 2015: Lecturer in Political Science and European Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Political Science Department, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Since 2015: Research fellow, Institute for European Studies (IEE), and member of CEVIPOL (Le Centre d’Etude de la Vie Politique), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

2012-2014: Research Fellow (May-June 2012) and non-resident fellow (June 2012-2014), Johns Hopkins University, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Center for Transatlantic Relations, Washington DC

2006-2012: Advisor to the Assistant Secretary General, member of NATO International Staff, responsible for NATO-EU relations, counter-terrorism and defence aspects of military operations (passed the international recruitment examination and ranked among top six over 4.000 candidates)

2004-2005: Researcher on international security and democratization in Central Eastern European Countries and Caucasian States, Club de Madrid, Madrid

2003-2004: Advisor on external relations of the EU and Turkey-EU relations, Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), EU Representation Office, Brussels

2003: Researcher (Robert Schuman scholar), European Parliament, Directorate General for Committees and Delegations, Enlargement section, Brussels

July 2000: Researcher on European security, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Center for Strategic Research, Ankara

1999-2000: Research Assistant in Political Science, Marmara University, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Istanbul

Courses taught (ULB)

  • Introduction aux Institutions de l'Union Europeénne [EU Institutions], (Master level) (POLI-D-1001 and POLI-D-1002)
  • Methodology in European Studies (Master level), The Executive Master in European Union Studies (MEUS)
  • External Action of the EU (Master level) (POLI-O-419)
  • Negotiating in the EU, Ordinary Legislative Procedure (Master level) (POLI-O-409)
  • Decision-making in the European Union (Master level) (POLI-D-409)
  • Doctoral Seminar on Theory, Methodology and Research in Political Science (Doctoral level) (POLI-D-514)
  • Seminar series on “Contemporary Turkish Studies”, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences


  • English (advanced)
  • French (advanced)
  • Turkish (advanced)
  • Spanish (advanced)
  • Italian (good)


Seda Gürkan is a lecturer at Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences and the European Studies Institute of Free University of Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles - ULB), where she teaches master-level courses including institutions of the European Union, policy-making in the European Union, external relations of the EU and doctoral course on theory and methodology in Political Science. She holds a PhD from Université libre de Bruxelles and an MSc degree from London School of Economics (LSE) and was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Center for Transatlantic Relations in Washington DC. Her research interests include Turkey-EU relations, Turkish politics, Europeanisation and European integration theories.

Prior to joining ULB, she served as NATO officer (member of NATO International Staff) at NATO Headquarters in Brussels at the cabinet of Assistant Secretary General between 2006 and 2012. There she worked on political-military affairs, security and defence issues, including missile defence, cyber defence and counter-terrorism. Dr. Gürkan had previously also worked at the Club of Madrid in Spain and at the Representation Office of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) in Brussels as a political advisor on the external relations of the EU and Turkey-EU relations.

Dr. Gürkan is also graduate of Diplomatic School of Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Madrid, Spain). She is a scholar of German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program Alumni. She holds Jean Monnet award offered by the European Commission. Dr. Gürkan was a Robert Schuman Scholar at the European Parliament, Directorate General for Committees and Delegations, Enlargement section (Brussels) in 2003. She offered senior courses on international relations and international security at NATO Defence College (Rome, Italy) and NATO School in Oberammergau (Germany). She received NATO research award with her research project on NATO-Turkey relations.  Dr. Gürkan is a former American Field Service (AFS) scholar and she holds an Art Diploma from Rome, Italy. She speaks Turkish (native), English, French, Italian and Spanish (all fluent).

Travaux sélectionnés

Recent Publications:


  • Gürkan, Seda and Jochem Rietveld (2019) “Process-tracing” in Key Concepts in Research Methods, Jean-Frédéric Morin, Christian Olsson, Ece Ozlem Atikcan (eds.), Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
  • Brack, Nathalie and Seda Gürkan (eds) (2020) European Integration Theories and EU's Crises. Routledge (forthcoming, under contract)
  • Gürkan, Seda and Luca Tomini (2020) “Explaining de-Europeanization in new Member States” in European Integration Theories and EU's Crises, Nathalie Brack and Seda Gürkan (eds). Routledge (forthcoming, under contract)

Recent Media Appearances (selected):



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Présentation des enseignements

  • EU Decision-making
  • EU Institutions
  • European Integration Theories
  • External Relations of the EU
  • European Negotiations, Ordinary Legislative Procedure
  • Methodology in European studies
  • Theory, Methodology and Research in Political Science
  • Process-tracing

Présentation des recherches

During my postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and my ten years’ professional experience as an international diplomat (advisor to the Assistant Secretary General at NATO), I developed a strong interest in international institutions, in particular in the European Union (EU). For me, as a student of International Relations (IR), the most pressing problems involve ‘institutional design’.How do institutions shape states’ behaviour? In what ways could we improve institutions to uphold universal values such as human rights and democracy worldwide or regionally? How do states and individuals socialize to institutional norms? How do ideas and norms travel within and through the institutions?

Embedded in these most pressing problems of the current day, my research and teaching have evolved at the crossroads of EU studies, comparative politics (area studies) and IR. In a nutshell, my research interests include European integration (EU policy-making, Europeanization, EU’s transformative power), IR theory (domestic-international linkages, international institutions, norm diffusion), area studies (contemporary Turkish politics) and qualitative methods (process tracing, elite interviewing).

Domaines d´intérêt

  • Europeanization
  • European integration theories
  • EU policy-making
  • EU conditionality
  • EU enlargement
  • Turkish politics and EU-Turkey relations
  • European Parliament (Parliamentary diplomacy)
  • Normative Power Europe (NPE)