Director: Dr. Fuat Keyman
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Founded in 2001, the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) is a global policy research institution that specializes in key social and political issues ranging from democratization to climate change, transatlantic relations to conflict resolution and mediation. The IPC offers policy makers, academics, and young researchers a unique platform where sound academic research in social sciences shapes hands-on policy work.
The IPC organizes and conducts its research under five clusters:
- The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative
- EU/German-Turkish Relations
- Climate Change
2. Democratization and Institutional Reform
- Checks and Balances Network
- Promoting Transparency and Good Governance
3. SHURA Energy Transition Center
- Renewable Energy Resources: Sun & Wind
- Transformation of Energy Systems
- City – Region
- Local Governance and Development
5. Conflict Resolution & Mediation and Refugee Studies
- Promoting Diversity and Combating Discriminatory Discourse against Refugees.
Composed of 50 researchers and administrative personnel, the IPC’s mission is to foster academic research in social sciences and its application to policy making. The IPC is firmly committed to providing decision makers, opinion leaders, academics, and the general public with innovative and objective analyses in key domestic and foreign policy issues.
The Center’s value-added contribution to academia and the public policy sector stems from its ability to track these developments closely and offer insightful evaluations on their meaning for Turkey’s global aspirations in a rapidly changing world. The IPC stands out from many of its peers with its exceptional access to intellectual capital and vast reserves of scientific knowledge at Sabancı University.
- “Ending the EU’s Ambivalence to Free Movement in Africa”, Roderick Parkes and Mark McQuay (IAI, Italy)
- Online Event: “Exploring Intersectionality – Building Solidarity across EU-Turkey Borders: Inclusive Education in Times of Forced Migration and COVID-19”, 11-12 November (IPC, Turkey)
- Opening Ceremony of the Sabancı University 2020/21 Academic Year and the Welcoming of 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows (IPC, Turkey)
- Call for Applications: 2nd International Conference on Climate Responsive Urbanism “Unpacking Water and Energy in Cities” (IPC, Turkey)
- New project: “Reconceptualising European Power in an Era of Turmoil: Contestation, Relevance and Sustainability (RENPET)” (IPC, Turkey)
- “COVID-19 and Civil Conflict: The Cases of Syria, Libya and Yemen”, Bülent Aras and Devin Patrick Brown (IPC, Turkey)
- “Syrian Textile Workers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case for Closer Cooperation between Turkey and the EU”, Jannes Tessmann (IPC, Turkey)
- “Long-Term Exclusionary Effects of COVID-19 for Refugee Children in the German and Turkish Education Systems: A Comparative Perspective”, Ellen Kollender and Maissam Nimer (IPC, Turkey)
- “The Day after COVID-19: Capacity, Governance and Order”, Bülent Aras and Emirhan Yorulmazlar (IPC, Turkey)
- “Syrian Workers and Informality in the Textile Sector in Istanbul”, Gökçe Uysal and Engin Volkan (IPC, Turkey)