Caner Bakır is an Associate Professor of International Political Economy of the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics at Koç University. He is co-director of the Center for Globalization, Peace and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). He joined Koç University in September 2004 from Monash University where he was an Assistant Lecturer in its Accounting and Finance Department. Prior to this, he worked for Agricultural Bank of Turkey as a banking specialist.
His qualifications are Bachelor of Public Administration and Politics from the Middle East Technical University, Graduate Diploma in Money, Banking and Finance from Banking School, Master of International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, and a PhD in Politics from Monash University.
His interdisciplinary & comparative research and teaching interests are in international and comparative political economy, the varieties of national financial systems, institutional entrepreneurship, institutional and policy change, state and international business relations, and international business.
Caner is an associate editor of Policy Sciences, and editorial
board member of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis:
Research and Practice, and International Journal of Emerging
His research has demonstrated that institutional and policy change is more likely to occur when institutional entrepreneurs are enabled by the structural and institutional contexts, and agency-level complementarities (e.g., multiple identities) in the various stages of public policymaking.
Caner has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University,
University of Strathclyde, University of Sydney, and Trinity
Caner is the recipient of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Incentive Award 2010 and TUBITAK Early Career Researcher Award 2008. He also awarded 25% Salary Market Load (bonus) for "outstanding performance in research and teaching" by the Dean of Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, 2004
Caner has published 11 SSCI journal publications, including
top-tier journals, some of them named after their respective
discipline, such as Policy Sciences, Public Administration,
Governance, New Political Economy, and Development and
He authored five research books and co-authored three research books, 18 book and encyclopedia chapters. Caner has been invited co-guest editor for Policy and Society, and edited a special section for Uluslararasi Iliskiler Dergisi. He presented his work in over 50 international conferences/meetings. He has been invited 25 international academic presentations and workshops.
All of his research is supported by national and international
research councils, including European Science Foundation,
His comments on the Turkish economy, financial system and
central banking appeared in the leading newspapers and TV
channels including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg HT and
Caner teaches graduate, Executive MBA, and undergraduate courses (i.e., Global Political Economy; Globalisation and International Business; Turkish Political Economy; Power, Interests, Institutions and Ideas in Politics; and International Business) in all three different departments (i.e., IR, Economics, and Business Administration) at Koc.