Pinar Donmez

Research affiliate (Non-Resident)

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Pinar is a part-time staff member at OLIve-UP as Academic Coordinator for the 2017-18 academic year. She previously worked as a research assistant, early career fellow and postdoctoral fellow in institutions of higher education in Turkey and United Kingdom before joining Center for Policy Studies as a research affiliate in 2014. She was able to continue her education at postgraduate level with continuous scholarship and studentship support as well as part-time employment as catering/waiting staff, resident tutor in university halls of residence, graduate teaching assistant and library collections assistant during her MA and PhD studies. She is interested in learning about critique of political economy, critical theory and Marxism, crisis and restructuring, theories of state, processes of precarisation, exploitation and resistance, dynamics of depoliticisation and repoliticisation in policymaking and social relations broadly. 

Pinar previously taught seminars and courses in universities in Turkey, United Kingdom and most recently Hungary within the disciplines of politics, international studies and public policy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At CEU she has so far contributed to teaching in Roma Graduate Preparation Program, Department of Public Policy and Open Learning Initiative Weekend and University Preparatory Programs in the capacity of tutor, visiting professor and coordinator on part-time, hourly-paid and voluntary basis. Since June 2016, her research and dissemination activities continue independently on part-time basis outside her working hours.



(2018) Comparing Strategies of (De)Politicisation in Europe: Governance, Resistance and Anti-politics, (Eds.) Jim Buller, Pinar E. Donmez, Adam Standring and Matthew Wood, Palgrave-Macmillan.

Journal articles, book chapters and working papers

(2018) “Politicisation as governing strategy versus resistance: Demystifying capitalist social relations and the state in Turkey”, in J. Buller, P. E. Donmez, A. Standring and M. Wood (eds.) Comparing Strategies of (De)Politicisation in Europe, Palgrave- Macmillan.

(2018) "Crisis of Capitalism and (De-)Politicisation of Monetary Policymaking: Reflections from Hungary and Turkey", (with Eva Zemandl), New Political Economy, Published online first: .

(2018) “Depoliticisation, Post-Politics and the Problem of Change”, (with J. Buller, A. Standring and M. Wood) in J. Buller, P. Donmez, A. Standring and M. Wood (eds.) Comparing Strategies of (De)Politicisation in Europe, Palgrave- Macmillan.

(2016) “Revisiting the Debate on Open Marxist Perspectives” (with Alex Sutton), British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 688-705. (Full Text)

(2015) “State, Crisis and Politicisation of Economic Policymaking: Reflections from Hungary and Turkey” (with Eva Zemandl) , CPS Working Paper, No: 9, Budapest. (Full Text)

(2014) “Making Sense of (Anti) Politics In and Out of Crisis in Turkey: A Critical Intervention”, Vol. III, Issue 5, pp. 39-53, Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey), London, ResearchTurkey. (Full Text)

(2014) “Crisis and Regional Governance Attempts: the Curious Case of Turkey in Critical Perspective”, in T. Haastrup and J. Eun (eds.), Regionalising Global Crises: The Financial Crisis and New Frontiers in Regional Governance, Palgrave MacMillan International Political Economy Series. (Full Text)


“Against austerity and repression: Historical legacy and contemporary forms of progressive politicisation in Turkey”, under review

“British Immigration Policy, Depoliticisation and Brexit”, (with Alex Sutton), under review

“Academic Freedom in the era of Repressive Neoliberalism” (with Anil Duman), under review

"Politics of (De)politicisation in Post-2001 Turkey: Capitalist Restructuring, Political Repression and Social Struggles", monograph in preparation


(2018) “Where does Critical Knowledge go?”, Roundtable contributor, 5th CPERN Critical European Studies Workshop, Central European University, 11-12 May.

(2017) “Academic Freedom in the era of Repressive Neoliberalism” (with Anil Duman), COSMOS Conference, "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism”, 15-16 November, Florence and ‘Academic Freedom and Politics’ Conference, LMU, 8-9 December, Munich.

(2017) “British Immigration Policy, Depoliticisation and Brexit” (with Alex Sutton), IPEG Annual Workshop, IPE in the Midst of Global Crises, 6-7 October, Liverpool and 3rd SVOC Conference, 30 November-1 December, Budapest.

(2016) “Post-2008 transformations and restructuring in Hungary and Turkey: Challenging mainstream explanations” (with Eva Zemandl), 2nd Conference on The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism, Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Central European University, Budapest, 10-11 November.

(2015) “Post-crisis transformations in governing Hungary and Turkey: challenging particularist perspectives” (with Eva Zemandl), Hungarian Particularism in the European Union: Politico-Legal Perspectives, a conference organised by the Center For European Union Research (CEU) and The Lendület-Hpops Research Group (MTA), Central European University, 15 May.

(2015) “Revisiting the Debate on Open Marxism”, (with Alex Sutton) 65th PSA Annual Conference, Sheffield, 30 March -1 April.

(2015) “Crisis, Depoliticisation and Repoliticisation in the European Periphery: Reflections from Hungary and Turkey” (with Eva Zemandl), ECPR Joint Sessions, University of Warsaw, Poland, 29 March - 2 April.

(2014) “Understanding Gezi Protests in the Depoliticisation-Politicisation Nexus”, presented at the International Conference “June Uprising in Turkey: Background, Dynamics and Perspectives”, University of Kassel, Germany, 15-16 May.

(2014) “Societal and Governmental (Re-)Politicisation(s) in Times of Crisis: Reflections on the Decade-Long AKP Rule and June Uprising in Turkey”, presented at the 64th PSA Annual International Conference, Rebels and Radicals, Manchester, 14-16 April.

(2013) “Understanding the role of “Common Sense” in and through Crisis and Depoliticisation: Reflections from Italy and Turkey”, (with Simona Pino), presented at the 14th Mediterrenean Research Meeting, European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Mersin- Turkey, 20-23 March.

(2012) “Revisiting the Debate on Open Marxism and Implications for the Study of “the International”, (with Alex Sutton) presented at the First Spectrum Conference on Global Studies, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 2-3 November.

(2012) “Crises and Turkey’s Regional (Non-)Integration with Europe and Beyond: Impact and Responses”, presented in the GR:EEN Workshop Regional Governance and Global Crises, University of Warwick, 18-19 June.


Young Scholar's Travel Grant, European Consortium for Political Research Joint Sessions

Turkish and Black Sea Scholars Fund, British Institute at Ankara

Specialist Activities Funding, UK Political Studies Association (on behalf of the Anti-politics and Depoliticisation Specialist Group)

Postdoctoral Research Grant, Balassi Institute/Tempus Public Foundation

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Koç University

Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

Erasmus Teaching Staff Mobility Grant, University of Pavia

Departmental PhD Studentship, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

British Council-Turkish Education Foundation MA Chevening Scholarship


PhD Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK
MA International Political Economy, University of Warwick, UK
BS Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Minor Degree History of Philosophy, Middle East Technical University, Turkey


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