Portrait of Dr  Muzaffer Kutlay

Dr Muzaffer Kutlay

Postdoctoral Researcher leading on 'Policy Impact' (WP3) and contributing to ‘Research Integration’ (WP2)


Muzaffer Kutlay joined the GCRF Compass Project as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in April 2021 to lead on WP3: Policy Impact and contribute to WP2: Research Integration.

Before moving to Kent, Muzaffer was a lecturer in European Foreign Policy at King’s College London. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent (2019) and an MA from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

Between 2017 and 2019, Muzaffer was a Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Kent and RA to the H2020 UPTAKE project (691818). In 2017, she also taught an MA module on Politics of Forced Migration at City, University of London as visiting lecturer and earlier, worked as a policy analyst and contributed to several policy briefs. She has presented many papers and co-organised several workshops in co-operation with LSE Ideas, University of Kent’s Diplomacy @Kent Beacon Project, British Institute at Ankara, and Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

Research Interests

  • European politics: The EU in the international system, enlargement and foreign policy
  • Migration in global politics: Politics of forced displacement and voluntary return
  • Inter-ethnic co-existence, reconciliation and peace-building in post-conflict societies
  • Country expertise: Bulgaria and Turkey



Kutlay, M. (2017). The Turks of Bulgaria: An Outlier Case of Forced Migration and Voluntary Return. International Migration 55 (5) :162-179.

Book Publications

Loizides, N. and Kutlay, M. (2019). The Cyprus Stalemate: Opportunities for Peace and Lessons from Turkish-Bulgarian Ethnic Relations. In: Heraclides, A. and Cakmak, G. eds. Greece and Turkey in Conflict and Cooperation. Routledge, pp. 145-157.



Last updated 29th March 2021