The Institute of Political Economy is excited to welcome Professor Bayırbağ as our newest Visiting Professor for Winter 2019.

Mustafa Kemal Bayırbağ      

Visiting Professor Institute of Political Economy, Winter 2019


Public Policy: Exclusion, Redistribution and Representation (cross-listed) (PECO 5502W/PSCI 5502W/SOCI 5505W) and;

Political Economy of Urban Crisis (PSCI 5915Y).

Professor Bayırbağ, a Carleton alumni (SPPA, 2007), is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He also served as the chair of Urban Policy Planning and Local Government Program (2012-2015), and associate dean of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (2016-2018) at the same university. His research interests are situated in the broader domains of urban/regional studies and public policy. Political economy of social exclusion is the underlying theme of his research orientation, cutting across his past and future works on urban crisis and governance, local development, administrative reform, education policy and social policy.

He is currently a co-investigator in a research project titled “Turkey’s urbanization-led development strategy: impacts and manifestations in Ankara”, supported via a Newton Advanced Fellowship of the British Academy, housed by Global Development Institute of The University of Manchester. The research examines how urbanisation became the driving force of Turkey’s national development strategy, how political consent among urban residents has been manifactured, what impacts this strategy has had on the survival strategies and political orientation of urban residents, and the political economic limits to this strategy.

He is the author of a number of articles and chapters (in English and Turkish) published in scholarly journals including Urban Studies, IJURR, Business and Politics, Poverty and Public Policy. He recently co-edited two special issues: Urban Studies (54/9) titled “Interrogating urban crisis: Governance, contestation and critique”; and Poverty and Public Policy (in press) “Child Poverty and Youth Unemployment the Middle East: A Comparative Review”.