Portrait of  Recep Onursal

Recep Onursal

PhD Candidate in Politics and International Relations


Recep joined the school as a doctoral researcher and a Teaching Assistant after being awarded Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship. His PhD thesis is entitled “Hegemony and the Logics of Kurdish Conflict in Turkey” and focuses on the non-resolution and transformation of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey. He holds an MSc in Conflict Resolution and an MSc in Finance and Management from the University of Essex, where he was the recipient of the Jean Monnet Scholarship. His research lies at the intersection of post-foundational theories of discourse and subjectivity and theories of conflict resolution, analysis, and transformation. Recep has published in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence and Middle East Critique and written media pieces for The Conversation. Recep taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and he enjoys delivering modules on a wide array of subjects in conflict and peace studies, politics, and international relations. Recep is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been awarded two teaching prizes: Graduate School Teaching Prize in 2019 and Kent Union Teaching Award in 2020. 



Onursal and Kirkpatrick (2019) Is Extremism the ‘New’ Terrorism? the Convergence of ‘Extremism’ and ‘Terrorism’ in British Parliamentary Discourse, Terrorism and Political Violence  

Adisonmez and Onursal (2020) Governing Anxiety, Trauma and Crisis: The Political Discourse on Ontological (In)Security after the July 15 Coup Attempt in Turkey, Middle East Critique  


The British International Studies Association (BISA)

Political Studies Association (PSA)

Conflict Research Society (CRS) 


Last updated 5th May 2021