Dr Begum Zorlu is a Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London and her work focuses on the political opposition in Turkey and Venezuela, the dynamics of solidarity and contestation in International Relations and transnational activism. She is also the co-convener of the Political Studies Association Turkish Politics Specialist Group and an editor at the Equality, Justice, Women Platform, which promotes gender equality and the women, peace and security agenda. Her academic work can be seen at her Academia profile.
Before joining City, University of London, Begüm has coordinated the Peace Journalism Project at Independent Communication Network (Bianet) and worked as a research assistant at POMEAS (Project on the Middle East After the Arab Spring).
She has moved to London in 2016 and pursued an MSc on Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London. In her thesis, she focused on institutional change that occurred in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday Agreement. Her current PhD project focuses on the strategies of opposition movements in Turkey and Venezuela and its international relations.
Begüm has been interested in social movements since 2008, and has been documenting some of the key processes of social change and moments of contention in Turkey. Her journalistic work and photography about social movements, peace processes have appeared in news outlets in Turkey and abroad and can be found in this personal website. The page Degrees of Freedom exhibits some of her photography projects.
Begüm Zorlu, sosyal hareketler, barış süreçleri ve toplumsal cinsiyet konularına odaklanan bir akademisyen ve gazetecidir. Akademik çalışmalarını City, University of London Uluslararası Siyaset bölümünde sürdürmektedir.
University College London, Demokrasi ve Karşılaştırmalı Siyaset bölümünde tamamladığı yüksek lisans derecesinde Kuzey İrlanda’daki barış sürecinin getirdiği kurumsal değişimleri incelemiştir. Doktora çalışmasında Türkiye ve Venezuela’daki muhalefet hareketlerinin stratejilerini ve uluslararası ilişkilerini araştırmaktadır. Degrees of Freedom sayfasında bazı fotoğraf projeleri yer almaktadır.