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
Office hours (Spring 2020):
Tuesday  11:00-12:00
Tuesday 15:00-16:00


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. 


Research Interests

  • 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 Grants

Post doctoral

  • Royal Society of Edinburgh - Caledonian Research Fund European Visiting Fellowship for six months, IASH, University of Edinburgh (three months completed)  (June 2016-September 2016)

  • Newton Fund - Katip Celebi Researchers Link Travel Grant (January-June 2016) (declined)


  • 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 

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Reviewever for The Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) 

Admin Responsibilities

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

Conferences and Presentations

Research Seminar & Conference Presentations

  • 'EU-Level Policy-making on Migration and Development', Workshop on ‘Migration and New Governance in the EU’, University of Strathclyde, 14-15 March 2019
  • The Development Dimension of EU Migration Policy', at 'The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance' conference, European University Institute, May 2017
  • 'EU-level policy-making on migration and development since the Syrian ‘Refugee Crisis’', Sussex European Institute Research in Progress Seminar Series, University of Sussex, 5 April 2017
  • 'Development Dimension of Migration Policy', The Edinburgh Europa Research Group, University of Edinburgh, 8 March 2017
  • 'Competing Policy Preferences: The EU’s Visa Policy and its Neighbourhood', at the 'Regional Security Complexes in the European Union and its Neighbourhood: a Critical Reflection' Conference, University of Dundee, June 2016
  • 'Migration dimensions of the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts: EU perspective' at the 'Conflict at the Critical Juncture: Perspectives on international, regional and domestic dynamics in the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts', University of St. Andrews, June 2016
  • 'EU-level policy-making on migration and development', The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Work in Progress Seminar Series, Univerity of Edinburgh, 2 September 2015
  • ‘EU Policy-Making Towards The Eastern Neighbourhood: The Case of Immigration Policy’, Dept of IR Seminar, Isik University, 13 September 2012 
  • 'Convergence and Divergence in the EU policy towards the eastern neighbourhood in the field of cross-border mobility: varied preferences and decision-making process', Dept of IR and Center for European Studies Seminar, Middle East Technical University, 9 May 2012
  • 'The External Dimension of the EU’s Migration Policy towards the Eastern Neighbourhood', UACES Annual Conference, Robinson College, Cambridge, September 2011
  • 'Does the EU’s institutional framework make a difference? Analysing the EU policy-making concerning the external dimension of EU’s immigration policy', Migration Research in Progress: A Graduate Student Workshop, Sussex Centre for Migration, University of Sussex, July 2011
  • 'Convergence and divergence in the EU policy towards the eastern neighbourhood: varied preferences on cross-border mobility', at the 'ENP: Aims  and Impact Conference', University of Leicester, June 2011
  • 'EU external policy-making: immigration and the Eastern neighbourhood', Research in Progress Seminar Series, Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, 1 March 2011
  • 'The diverging preferences of the EU member states on the issue of immigration: the case of Eastern Europe’, BASEES Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, April 2010
  • 'The external dimension of EU Immigration Policy and the added value of ENP policy instruments', UACES Annual Conference, College of Europe, September 2010
  • 'Global Approach to Migration: Framing the external dimension of EU’s immigration policy', ECPR - Third Graduate Conference, Dublin City University, August 2010
  • 'The EU’s eastern neighbourhood and the issue of immigration in the framework of the ENP’, ECPR Fifth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, Porto, June 2010
  • 'Intergovernmental dimension of EU policy-making with respect to Eastern Neighbours', UACES Student Forum Conference, University of Bath, April 2010 


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