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

2006:Diplomatic School, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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

2001:BA in Political Science and International Relations, Marmara University

Work Experience

Since 2015:Lecturer in Political Science and European Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Political Science Department, 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

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

2004-2005:Researcher, Club de 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

Teaching (ULB)

since 2015:Doctoral Seminar on Theory, Methodology and Research in Political Science (Doctoral level) (POLI-D-514), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

2016-2017:Decision-making in the European Union (EU) (Master level) (POLI-D-409), Institute for European Studies (IEE), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

since 2015:Seminar series on “Contemporary Turkish Studies”, (together with Professor Aude Merlin), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)


Seda Gürkan is a lecturer at the European Studies Institute of Free University of Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles - ULB), where she teaches policy-making in the European Union 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).

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Présentation des recherches

Projet de l'Action de recherche concertée, ARC - ULB

"ValEUR"  -  Période: 2015-2020

 Title "Governing values, governing through values, governed by values? The European Union as a risk polity"


Values at the core of European integration have been widely discussed in recent years due to major evolutions in EU governance. Claims to define common references likely to hold European countries and citizens together and to justify public action have coexisted with divergences in the interpretation of these values.

ValEUR analyses three main occurrences of "European values":  a quest for legitimization through identity, memory and communicative resources (governing through values); ethical issues calling for normative policy choices (governing values); legal and political conflicts (governed by values). 

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Domaines d´intérêt

  • Europeanization
  • European integration theories
  • EU conditionality
  • EU enlargement
  • Turkish politics and Turkey-EU relations
  • European Parliament (Parliamentary diplomacy)