Pinar Dinç

Pinar Dinç

Associate Research Fellow

Pinar Dinç is an Associate Research Fellow at The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

Pinar Dinç holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. Her research interests lie in the areas of nationalism, ethnicity, social movements, memory, diaspora, and the conflict and environment nexus in the Middle East and beyond.  She has been a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University as a Swedish Institute fellow between 2017 and 2018 and a Marie-Sklodowska Curie fellow between 2018 and 2020.

Upon completing her postdoctoral research, she began working at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University on a project called ‘Societal impacts of climate stress: An integrated assessment of drought, vulnerability, and conflict in Syria funded by the Swedish Research Council  for  Sustainable  Development  (FORMAS). Since 2020, she has also been leading the ‘Turkey Beyond Borders: Critical Voices, NewPerspectives’ project, which is funded by the Swedish Institute. She has published in Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, and Remote Sensing, among others.

Areas of expertise
Turkish politics, Kurdish politics, conflict, identity politics, diaspora studies, social movements, political ecology

Turkish and English


Conflict and Forest Fires in Dersim during and after the Peace Process in Turkey, Human Ecology, Vol. 49, 2021
On the Geopolitics of Fire, Conflict and Land in the Kurdistan Region of IraqRemote Sensing, Vol. 13 No. 8, 2021
Euro-Who?: Competition Over Dersim’s Collective Identity in the Turkish DiasporaTurkish Studies (SSCI), Vol. 22 No. 1, 2021
The content of school textbooks in (nation) states and “stateless autonomies”: A comparison of Turkey and the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (Rojava)Nations and Nationalism (SSCI), 2020
The Kurdish Movement and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria: An Alternative to the (Nation-)State Model?, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (SSCI), Vol. 22 No. 1, 2020
Novels and Short Stories as Products of Nationalist Competition: The Case of Dersim 1937-38 in TurkeyNationalities Papers (SSCI), Vol. 46 No. 1, 2018

Books & book chapters
Authoritarian Neoliberalism in Turkey: Construction, Consolidation, Contestation Singapore: Palgrave Springer, 2021
Consolidating and Contesting Authoritarian Neoliberalism in Turkey: Towards a Framework, In İmren Borsuk, Pınar Dinç, Sinem Kavak & Pınar Sayan (eds), Authoritarian Neoliberalism in Turkey: Construction, Consolidation, Contestation, Singapore: Palgrave Springer, 2021
Forest fires in Dersim and Şırnak: Conflict and Environmental Destruction, In Stephen E. Hunt (ed), Ecological Solidarity and the Kurdish Freedom Movement, London: Lexington Books, 2021
Dersim 1937–38: Shifts and continuities in the state discourse and reasoning under Kemalism and Erdoğanism, In Nikos Christofis (ed), The State of the Kurds in Erdogan’s ‘New’ Turkey: Domestic and International Implications, London and New York: Routledge, 2021
Is Hyphenated Identity Inclusive Enough? Moving beyond the Euro-Turks, In Dalia Abdelhady and Ramy Aly (eds), Routledge Handbook of Middle Eastern Diasporas, London and New York: Routledge, Forthcoming in 2022

The implications of the US military withdrawal from Northern and Northeastern Syria, Lund University Middle Eastern Studies Blog, 2019
Why is Turkey targeting Afrin?, Red Pepper, 2018
Turkish decree on coloured uniforms for coup suspects could sow seeds of future unrest, The Conversation, 2018
Will Turkey Remember the Syrian Citizenship Debate, LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 2016
Mapping Populism: Definitions, Cases, and Challenges to Democracy, Istanbul Policy Center, 2016


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