Teaching Fellow


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Address:
Department of Politics and International Relations
School of Social Science
Room F38, Edward Wright Building
Dunbar Street
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 3QY


Dr. Ezel Tabur is Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. Before joing Aberdeen, she was Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations at Çukurova University. Between June - September 2015, she was Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh as a recipient of the Royal Society of Edinburgh CRF European Visiting Fellowship.

Dr. Tabur gained her doctorate at the University of Sussex in 2012. Her doctoral thesis investigated the modes by which EU policy has been shaped against the backdrop of diverging EU level legislative and institutional frameworks and national preferences. The research presented a comparative analysis of the policy positions of Britain, France, Germany, Poland and Sweden in relation to EU migration policy. She received the ORSAS award (3-year Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England), Chevening Scholarship of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Francois Duchene Travel Bursary of the Sussex European Institute and the European Movement Sussex Branch.

She graduated with a B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Sabanci University (Istanbul) and an M.A in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University (Budapest).

Dr. Tabur has achieved the status of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK in 2017. 

Memberships and Affiliations


Erasmus Tutor for Politics and International Relations (April 2018 - Present) 


Reviewever for The Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) 


Research Overview

  • Politics and policies of international migration
  • EU institutions and policy-making processes
  • EU neighbourhood

Current Research

EU-level policy-making on migration and development

The main objective of my current research project is to contribute to the growing, yet understudied and scattered, body of research on the link between migration and development at European Union (EU) level.There is a discernible knowledge gap regarding the role of the EU in integrating development-related consequences into its external migration policy-making processes. The research aims to reconceptualise the relationship between migration and development in the European context.

Research Funding and Grants

Post doctoral

  • Royal Society of Edinburgh - Caledonian Research Fund European Visiting Fellowship for six months, IASH, University of Edinburgh (three months completed)  (June-Sept 2015)


  • 3-year Overseas Research Students Award funded by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (2007-2010)

  • Chevening Scholarship, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2008-2009)

  • Francois Duchene Travel Bursary, SEI & European Movement Sussex Branch (2009)







Teaching Responsibilities

PI4579   International Migration and Europe (Course Convener) 

PI3073   The EU: Contemporary Challenges (Course Convener) 

PI3069   Researching in the 21st Century

PI2508   Global Politics: Equality and Inequality 



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