Professor, Department of International Relations

Koç University, Istanbul

Caner Bakır is a professor of political science with particular emphasis on international and comparative political economy, and public policy and administration of the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics at Koç University.

Caner is the 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.

Caner’s interdisciplinary and comparative research and teaching interests are in international and comparative political economy, public policy and administration, and international business.

Caner’s 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.

He is an associate editor of Policy Sciences, and editorial board member of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, Journal of Economic Policy Reform and International Journal of Emerging Markets.

He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of Strathclyde, University of Sydney, and Trinity College, Dublin.

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.

He is the co-founder of closed international research workshop series entitled ‘Global Policy Dialogue Series: Scholarly Exchanges on Global Public Policy Theory and Practice’ (with Leslie Pal and Darryl Jarvis).

He has published 21 SSCI journal publications, including top-tier journals, some of them named after their respective discipline, such as Policy Sciences, Public Administration, and  Governance.

He authored five and co-edited four research books, and authored and co-authored 22 book, handbook 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, and TUBITAK.

Currently, Caner has been appointed as National Member of the Management Committee of the COST Action CA15207 Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science representing Turkey.

Caner’s funded international and national research projects and related activities include  the COST Action CA15207 Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science ; Fellowship for Research Abroad (2014). TUBITAK 2219. “Emerging Country Multinational Firm Behaviour: Effects of Structure, Institution and Agency”, (EUR34,000); COST project (2010-2014). “Southern Multinationals and their Impact on Europe”, Action IS0905, European Science Foundation; Principal Investigator (2011-2013). TUBITAK 2515. “Turkish Multinationals: Motivations and Strategies, 2000-2011”, (USD120,000); Principal Investigator (2008-2011). TUBITAK 3105. Early Career Researcher Development Program. “Organizational Change in Economic Bureaucracy in Turkey, 1980-2010: Interactions with National and Global Dynamics”, (USD110,000).

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 CNN Turk.

At the height of worldwide stock markets rally,  in his most recent EkoTurk interview (in Turkish) on 21 February 2020, he clearly noted the then approaching (now real) global stock market crash and its adverse consequences.

Caner teaches graduate, Executive MBA, and undergraduate courses (i.e., Policy Design and Implementation, 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.

Prospective PhD students should directly contact me.