Seref Kavak

Seref Kavak

Former Academic Coordinator at LCSS & Researcher at Keele University

Seref Kavak is a PhD candidate and Module Tutor in Politics and International Relations at Keele University in Staffordshire. He received his B.A in Politics and International Relations at Marmara University and M.A in Modern Turkish History at Bogazici University in Istanbul with his thesis titled “The Democratic Society Party as a ‘Party for Turkey’: Official and Grassroots Politics of a Changing Identity (2005-2009)” which examines the transformation of pro-Kurdish political parties with regard to the tension between ethnicity and national integrity. He taught English and political history in Turkey. He currently researches Kurdish diaspora associations in Britain focusing on strategies for political mobilisation of the diasporan community and its implications for the broader scope of the Kurdish Question in Turkey. His main areas of interest are identity politics, (transnational) social movements, diaspora, migration and gender, Kurdish studies, Turkish politics, the Middle East and international organisations.