Zeynep’s research interests in comparative migration studies, migration governance, diaspora studies and return migration. She has published single and co-authored studies in a wide variety of international peer-reviewed journals in the area of migration, such as Journal of Refugee Studies, Comparative Migration Studies, as well as journals in the area of international politics, including Geopolitics, Journal of Global Security Studies, International Studies Review. Besides dozens of book chapters, she also published monograph, Refugee Governance, State and Politics in the Middle East(Routledge 2018) and recently co-author book, Syrian Refugees in Turkey (IMISCOE Series, 2023).
Research Topics / Key Expertise
Comparative Migration Studies
Politics of Migration
Migration and Refugee Governance
Return and Reintegration
Gender and Politics
International Politics of Middle East
Countries Of Expertise
Zeynep Şahin Mencütek is currently Senior Researcher at Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC), where she led a comparative project on return and reintegration until February 2023.. She is also Research Affiliate with Canadian Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Toronto Metropolitan University and conduct joint research on the thematic area of Governance of Migration in a Globalizing World. She held the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (June 2020–May 2021) and an international fellowship at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg (2019–2020). She also served as Senior Researcher for the Horizon 2020 project RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor in Turkey, and in 2018 achieved the rank of Docent in the field of international relations. Zeynep received her PhD in politics and international relations from the University of Southern California in 2011.
Governance of migration in and through crisis: A comparative report on RESPOND research (Working Paper 2021/77). RESPOND: <br />Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond Project#770564 Horizon2020.https://www.respondmigration.com/wp-blog/.
Narratives on returning refugees, asylum seekers, and irregular migrants (Working paper no. 2021/2). Toronto: Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement/CERC in Migration and Integration.
The employment of Syrians in Jordan: Main trends and challenges. MENASP Network (November 2020 Guest Blog Post). https://www.menasp.com/en/opinion/the-employment-of-syrians-in-jordan-main-trends-and-challenges/.