The EU's Expanding Trade Policy Agenda Challenging EU-Turkey Customs Union
The Team
The Team





Background

  • Jan Orbie joined theDepartment of Political Science in 2007. He is also the co-director of theCentre for EU Studies, which forms the political science pillar of the JeanMonnet Centre of Excellence at Ghent University.
  • Jan Orbie holds a PhD.İn political science from Ghent University. His PhD. Was concerned with EUtrade relations in the context of development.
  • Jan Orbie has been(co)promoter of 12 defended PhDs in the area of EU External Relations since2007 (mostly FWO and BOF funded).
  • Jan Orbie is a memberof the Ghent University Research Council and of the Centre for Turkish Studiesat Ghent University.
  • Jan Orbie teaches“European External Relations”, “Theories of European Integration”,“Contemporary Issues in EU Politics” and “EU Trade Policy” in the Master EUStudies programme at Ghent University.

Research Interests

  • European Union externalrelations, in particular the economic dimension of the EU’s relations with the world.
  • Funded PhD projects concern:

EU external trade policies

- EU development relations

- The EU in internationalorganizations

- The EU and the social dimensionof globalization

- The EU and internationaldemocracy promotion

- EU-Cariforum trade relations

- The EU’s relations withthe Western Balkans

- EU enlargement and neighbourhoodpolicies


Recent Publications

  • The EEAS’ discretionarypower within the Eastern Partnership, Journal of Southeast European and Black SeaStudies, accepted (with H. Kostanyan)
  • The European Union’s TradePolicy Response to the Crisis: Paradigmatic departure or Business as usual, EuropeanIntegration Online Papers, 2011, 15(2) (with F. De Ville)
  • Promoting Embedded Democracy?Researching the Substance of EU Democracy Promotion’, European Foreign Affairs Review,2011, 16(5) (with A. Wetzel)
  • Promoting Labour StandardsThrough Trade: Normative Power or Regulatory State Europe?, in R. Whitman; NormativePower Europe: Empirical and theoretical perspectives. Palgrave, 2011
  • ‘Everything but Arms’ inthe EU’s trade and aid agenda, Journal of Common Market Studies, 2009, 47(4) (withG. Faber)
  • Beyond Market Access forEconomic Development: EU-Africa Relations in Transition. Routledge, 2009 (with G.Faber)
  • Europe's Global Role. ExternalPolicies of the European Union. Ashgate, 2009





Background

  • Peter Van Elsuwege joinedthe Department of European law at the Faculty of law in 2001.
  • Peter Van Elsuwege holdsa PhD.  İn law from Ghent University. HisPhD. Concerned with a legal and political analysis of the EU accession process ofthe Baltic States (published with Martinus Nijhoff, 2008). He also holds anAdvanced Master in European law and a Master in Political Science(international relations).
  • Peter Van Elsuwege teachesa.o.  “EU law: the basics” and “EUExternal Relations law” at Ghent University. 

Research Interests

  • European Union externalrelations law, in particular the legal framework of the EU’s relations with itsneighbouring countries, and EU constitutional law in particular EU citizenship
  • Specific topics:

- Legal approximation betweenthe EU and its European neighbours

- Inter-institutional conflictsbefore the Court of  Justice

- EU citizenship and thedoctrine of purely internal situations


Recent Publications

  • Competing paths of regionaleconomic integration in the post-Soviet Space: Legal and Political Dilemmas forUkraine, Review of Central and East European Law, 2012, vol. 37, pp. 421-447. (withG. Van der Loo)
  • On the limits of judicialintervention: EU citizenship and family reunification rights, European Journal ofMigration and Law, 2011, Vol. 13, pp . 433-466. (with D. Kochenov)
  • Article 8 TEU: Towardsa new generation with the neighbouring countries of the EU?, European Law Review,2011, Vol. 36,  pp. 688-703 (with R. Petrov)
  • EU external action afterthe collapse of the pillar structure: in search of a new balance between delimitationand consistency, Common Market Law Review, Vol. 47, pp. 987-1019.
  • From Soviet Republics toEU Member States: A Legal and Political Assessment of the Baltic States’ Accessionto the EU, Martinus Nijhoff, 2008, 583 p. (2 volumes).





Background

  • Bruno Merlevede joinedthe Department of Economics at Faculty of Economics and Business Administrationin 2008.
  • Bruno Merlevede holds aPhD. in economics from Ghent University and a Master of Science in Economics fromthe KULeuven. His PhD. was concerned with the relationships between reform, foreigndirect investment, and economic performance with a specific focus on the transitionfrom plan to market in Eastern Europe.
  • Bruno Merlevede teachesa.o. “European Economic Integration” and “Economic Systems in Eastern Europe andChina” at Ghent University.

Research Interests

  • The impact of economicpolicy, globalization, and agglomeration forces on firm entry, heterogeneity infirm performance (productivity, employment), and local and multinational firm’slocation choice.
  • Regional focus: EU, Russia,China
  • Specific topics:

- Spillover effects of multinationalsto local firms
- Outsourcing/offshoringand firm-level performance
- Economic reform andfirm-level employment and productivity


Recent Research Reports

  • Spillovers from Foreign DirectInvestment and the Time since Foreign Entry
  • The productivity and export spillovereffects of the internationalization behavior of Belgian firms
  • How and by How Much does FDI increasethe Productivity of Domestic Firms?
  • Home Country Effects of OutwardForeign Direct Investment
  • Outsourcing and Employment atHome

Recent Projects

  • Firm-level Heterogeneity and theDemand and Supply Side of FDI Spillovers
  • Heterogeneous Multinational Firmsin the enlarged EU: Internationalization Strategies and Location Choice
  • Regional Entrepreneurship Capital




Background

  • Erwan Lannon joined the European Instituteof Ghent University in 1998 and teaches at the College of Europe since 2004.
  • Erwan Lannon studied Law at the Universityof Rennes (PhD) as well as Political Science, International and StrategicRelations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (LLM). He has been a consultant tothe United Nations (UNCTAD) and has worked at the Delegation of the European Commissionto the State of Israel.
  • Erwan Lannon teaches a.o. EUinstitutions and EU constitutional law at Ghent University and the College of Europe.

Research Interests

  • European Union external relationslaw, in particular the legal framework of the EU’s relations with its southern neighbours; European Neighbourhood Policy
  • Specific topics:

- Euro-Mediterranean Partnershipand Union for the Mediterranean

- EU-Turkey relations

- European Neighbourhood Policy


Recent publications

  • Lannon E. (ed.), The EuropeanNeighbourhood Policy’s Challenges –Les défis de la politique européenne de voisinage,P.I.E.  Peter Lang, 2012, 491 p.
  • The European Union’s strategicpartnership with the Mediterranean and the Middle East: a new geopolitical dimensionof the EU’s proximity strategies, in: Dashwood A. And Maresceau M. (eds), Lawand Practice of EU External Relations – Salient Features of a Changing Landscape,Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 360-375.
  • Lannon E., Lebullenger, J. (eds.), Les défis de l’adhésion de la Turquie à l’Unioneuropéennne, Bruylant, 2006, 350 p.






Background

  • Marc Maresceau is director of theEuropean Institute at Ghent University and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam.
  • Marc Maresceau studied at the Facultyof Laws of Ghent University, The Johns Hopkins University (Bologna), the Institutde hautes études internationales (Geneva); he was Leverhulme Fellow at the Universityof Edinburgh and researcher at the Belgian Fund of Scientific Research; he has aPhD in European Law (Ghent University); he has held Fellowships from the Johns HopkinsUniversity, the Swiss Confederation, British Academy, Faculté internationale pourl'enseignement du droit comparé. He obtained the Emile Bernheim and Fernand CollinAwards.
  • Marc Maresceau teaches a.o. EU lawand EU external relations law at Ghent University.

Research Interests

  • European Union external relationslaw, in particular the legal framework of the EU’s relations with its neighbouringcountries,
  • Specific topics:

- EU enlargement

- EU-Turkey relations

- EU-Switzerland relations

- EU-Micro states relations


Recent publications

  • “Turkey: a candidate Statedestined to join the Union” in Niamh Nic Shuibhne and Laurence W. Gormley(eds), From Single Market to Economic Union, Essays in Memory of John A. Usher,Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp .315-340.
  • Dashwood A. And Maresceau M. (eds),Law and Practice of EU External Relations – Salient Features of a ChangingLandscape, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010 (2nd impression), 484 p.
  • “Bilateral Mixed Agreements”, in Hillionand Koutrakos (eds), Mixed Agreements Revisited, Oxford and Portland, Oregon,Hart, 2010, pp. 11-29.
  • “Beschouwingen bij het AssociatieakkoordEG-Turkije en de interpretatie die het Europese Hof van Justitie aan dit akkoordheeft gegeven”, Liber Amicroum prof. Hubert Bocken, 2009, pp. 565-587(“Reflections on the Association Agreement EC-Turkey and the interpretation givento that Agreement by the European Court of Justice”).





Background

  • Yaprak Gülcan joined theDepartment of Economics at Faculty of Business in 1993, where she was theHead ofDepartment of Economics between June 2011 - January 2014. She is also a member ofthe Regional Studies Association and the Turkish Economic Association (TEK).
  • Yaprak Gülcan holds a PhD. ineconomics and a Master in Economics from Dokuz Eylül University. Her PhD. was concernedthe Locational Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment. She completed her Ph.Dresearch as a British Chevening Scholar at the University of Glasgow.
  • Yaprak Gülcan teaches “InternationalTrade”, “Topics in International Economics”, “Research Methodology” and “RegionalEconomics” at Dokuz Eylül University. She has been teaching «Corruption and Development»at University of Ljubljana Summer School since 2011.

Research Interests

  • International economics, EuropeanIntegration, Development Economics,
  • Specific topics:

- Constructing Regional Advantageon designing the Regional Innovation Policies,

- Turkish German Innovationnetworks in Academia

- Corruption, Economic Developmentand Innovation Channels as a Bridge to Knowledge Base


Recent publications

  • The Effect of Railway Expansion onPopulation in Turkey: 1856-2000“, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 2011, 42:1.(with Akgüngör S., Aldemir C., Kustepeli Y., Tecim V.)
  • ‘’Knowledge Generation and Innovativenessin Turkish Textile Industry: Comparison of Istanbul and Denizli” European PlanningStudies, 2011, Vol. 19, No 7. (With Akgüngör S. & Kustepeli Y.)
  • Transportation Infrastructure Investment,Growth and International Trade in Turkey, Applied Economics, 2011. (With KustepeliY., Akgüngör S.)
  • Public Policies and Development ofthe Tourism Industry in the Aegean Region, European Planning Studies, 2009, Vol:17, No. 10. (With Kustepeli Y., Akgüngör S.)
  • ‘’The Sustainability of Turkish CurrentAcount Deficit with Structural Breaks”, Review of Social Economic and Business Studies,2009, (With Gülcan Ö.)





Background

  • Canan Balkir has been the Chair ofthe Department of EU Studies at Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) since 2004. She wasthe founding chair of Department of Economics at DEU and founder of Aegean Associationon European Studies. She is the coordinator of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellenceat DEU and holds a Jean Monnet Chair on European Economic Integration. She has beenFulbright scholar in USA, British Council scholar, and research fellow in UK. Lecturedin Europe, USA and Cyprus. She worked as an advisor to Minister of Economics between1987-91, and as a consultant to private sector and Chamber of Commerce.
  • Canan Balkir holds a Bachelor fromMiddle East Technical University and Masters and PhD. in development economics fromAegean University.
  • Canan Balkir is a member of TurkishAssociation for European Community Studies (TUNAECS), standing committee memberof Southeastern Europe of The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)and board member of Aegean Association on European Studies (ACED).
  • Canan Balkir currently teaches “Migrationand Integration”, Globalisation and the EU as an Economic Actor, “Turkey EU Relations”,“European Economic Integration”, and “Geoeconomic Regions” at Dokuz EylülUniversity.

Research Interests

  • Europeanisation in Southeastern Europe EU as an Economic Actor
  • EU enlargement and neighbourhood policy
  • Life-style migration to Turkey
  • Political economy, economics of theEuropean Union, EU-Turkey relations, economic development, international trade issues,private and public sector consulting.
  • Recent work:

- Europeanization and limitsto Europeanization

- EU as an Economic Actor

- The EU and democracy promotion

- The EU’s relations withthe southeastern Europe

- EU enlargement and neighbourhoodpolicy


 Recent publications


  • “Europeanisation of Public Policy in Southern Europe”, eds. (in coll. H. TolgaBolukbasi, Ebru Ertugal), Routledge, London 2014.
  • “Europeanisation and Dynamics of Continuity and Change: Domestic Political Economies in the ‘Southern Periphery’” (in coll. H. Tolga Bolukbasi, Ebru Ertugal), South European Society and Politics, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2013, pp.121-137.
  • “Europeanisation in the ‘Southern Periphery’: Comparative Research Findingson the EU’s Impact on Domestic Political Economies” (in coll. H. Tolga Bolukbasi, Ebru Ertugal), South European Society and Politics, Vol. 18, No. 2,2013, pp. 259-280.
  • “The Limits to Europeanization: Analyzing Domestic Change in Turkey” (in coll. D. Soyaltin) in Re-conceptualizing EU-Turkey Relations: Conceptual and Theoretical Approaches. Eds. C. Nas & R. Izci, Marmara University, Istanbul 2011.
  • International Economic Integration: Theory, Policy and Practice, Bilgi Publ. Istanbul 2010.
  • “Turkey, the New Destination for International Retirement Migration”, (in coll. B. Kırkulak), Migration and Mobility in Europe: Trends, Patterns and Control, ed. Heinz Fassmann, MaxHaller, David Lane, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2009, pp. 123-143.
  • “Economics and the Politicisation of Civil Society: the Turkish- Cypriot Case” (in coll. G. Yalman), Cyprus: A Conflict at the Crossroads, ed. N. Tocciand T. Diez, Manchester UniversityPress, 2009, pp. 48-65.
  • Turkey’s Road to EU Membership: Economic Outlook, Köz- Gazdaság Special Issue, No. 3, pp. 1-16, Budapest 2010.
  • Economic and Social Impact of International Retirement Migration: the Case of Antalya, ed., Kutlu & Avcı,Antalya, 2008.
  • Euro-Mediterranean Partnership From Mare Nostrum to Living Together, ed., Publication of DEU, Izmir2007
  • A Comparison of Residence, SocialSecurity and Citizenship Strategies of Turkish Return Migrants and Dutch Post-Retirement Migrants in Turkey, Mire Koc Report, Istanbul 2012.
  • Expecting the Unforeseeable: the 2007 Turkish Elections in the Media, Turkish Studies, 2008, Vol. 9, No. 2. (incoll. S. Banducci, D. Soyaltin, H. Toker)
  • ‘’The July 2007 Elections in Turkey: A Test for Democracy”, Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2007.
  • “The Impact of Europeanization on the Institutional and Administrative Transformation: Case Study of Public,Private and Civil Society Institutions in Izmir” (in coll. Durmuslar, Soyaltin,Ergun), The Changes and Transformation in the Socio- Economic and Political Structure of Turkey within the EU Negotiation Process, Ekin Publ., Kutahya2007, pp.986-1007.





Background

  • Mehmet Sait Akman joined the European Union Institute in 1989. He’s served at positions of Deputy Manager andmember of Board of Directors.
  • Mehmet Sait Akman holds a PhD in EU Economics from Marmara University and a Masters in European Studies from MarmaraUniversity. His PhD was concerned with Political economy of Globalization andincreasing protectionism in the EU and the USA
  • Mehmet Sait Akman teaches EconomicPolicy Making in the EU, European Economic Integration, International TradePolicy, International Trade Theory, World Trading System, WTO and the EU.

Research Interests

  • European Union external relations, in particular the economic dimension of the EU’s relations with the world.
  • Specific topics:

   - EU trade policy, world trading system, WTO, political economy of trade policy, Designing      Turkish tradepolicy


Recent publications

  • Dynamics of the European Union’s TradeStrategy and Its Imperatives on Turkish Trade Policy: Prospects for a FunctioningCustoms Union, in. Belgin Akçay and Bahri Yılmaz (eds.), Turkey’s Accession to theEuropean Union: Political and Economic Challenges, Lexington: Lanham, 2012.
  • Turkey in the World Trading Systemand the WTO: Activism Under Global Challenges and the EU Process, Journal of AfroEurasian Studies, 1(1); 2012.
  • The European Union’s Trade Strategyand Its Reflections on Turkey: An Evaluation From the Perspective of Free TradeAgreements, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi, 12(2), 2010.
  • Political Economy of Services Tradeand Turkey, in The Political Economy of Liberalising Trade in Services, LeonardDavis Institute for International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,2010.
  • Turkey-EU Relations in the EnlargementProcess: Rational choice Approach to Interests and Participation in Turkey,Collegium (College of Europe), No.31, Spring 2005.





Background

  • Pinar Karacan joined theDepartment of International Relations at Faculty of Business Administration in1994. She’s been the chair person of European Union Law Division since 2010.
  • Pinar Karacan holds a PhD in Lawfrom Wisconsin-Madison University and a Masters in Law from Iowa University.Her PhD thesis was titled “Comparative study on the "substantivehorizontal merger law" between the United States and the European Union:The History of doctrinal convergence, divergence and parallelism”.
  • Pinar Karacan teaches“International and Commercial Law” and “Law of EU Institutions”, “EuropeanUnion Law” in Faculty of Business at Dokuz Eylül University.

Research Interests

  • The Private International Law,Competition Law, Comparative Antitrust Law, International Trade Law,International Economic Relations.

Recent publications

  • "Dispute Settlement in InternationalTrade Law", "Implementing International Economic Law Through DisputesSettlement Mechanisms“, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden Boston, 2011, p. 83-121.
  • International Commercial Arbitrationfor Foreign Investors: Turkish Case, International Journal of Emerging andTransition Economies, 2010, 3:2, (With Akinturk E.)
  • Evaluation of the recent protectionistmeasures under the World Trade Organization Rules: United States Buy American StimulusProvisions, Econ Anadolu 2009, Developments in Economic Theory.
  • Contribution of Trade to Security:International Trade Relations in the Balkans, Challenges to Balkan Security andContribution of International Organizations, BUCA, 2008.
  • Foreign Direct Investment in Turkey:Legal Framework, The International Journal of Emerging and Transition Economies,2008, 1:2. (With Akinturk E.)





Background

  • Yesim Kustepeli joined theDepartment of Economics at Faculty of Business Administration in 1999. She’s beenthe Head of  Economic Policy Division since2000.
  • Yesim Kustepeli holds a PhD. anda Master in economics from Clemson University. Her PhD. was concerned with publicsector economics and international economics and her PhD. thesis was titled “TheEffect of Inflation on the Difference Between Investment and Savings and the Relationto theTwin Deficits”.
  • Yesim Kustepeli teaches“Macroeconomics”, “Fiscal Economics” and “Government Budgeting” at Dokuz EylülUniversity.

Research Interests

  • Consumer perception of food labeling,regional development and innovation, public sector economics, macroeconomics.
  • Specific topics:

- Spillover effects of multinationalsto local firms

- Outsourcing/offshoringand firm-level performance

- Economic reform andfirm-level employment and productivity


Recent publications

  • Spillovers from Foreign DirectInvestment and the Time since Foreign Entry
  • Transportation infrastructureinvestment, growth and international trade, Applied Economics, 2012. (With GülcanY. & Akgüngör S.)
  • Infrastructure, Economic Growth andPopulation Density in Turkey, International Journal of Economic Sciences and AppliedResearch, 2012. (With Beyzatlar M.)
  • Knowledge Generation andInnovativeness in Turkish textile Industry: Comparison of Istanbul and Denizli,European Planning Studies, 2011. (With Akgüngör S. & Gülcan)
  • The effect of railway expansion onpopulation in Turkey: 1856-2000, The journal of interdisciplineary history, 2011.(With Akgüngör S., Gülcan E., Aldemir M., Tecim V.)





Background

  • Sedef Akgüngör joined theDepartment of Economics at Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2005,where she served as the Head of Department of Economics until 2011. She’s amember of the Regional Studies Association (Country Representative), the AmericanAgricultural Economics Association and the Academy of Marketing Science.
  • Sedef Akgüngör holds a PhD. and aMaster of Science in economics from Michigan State University, and a Master of Artsin Agricultural Economics from Ege University. Her PhD. thesis was concerned withthe economics of consumer response to exogeneous shocks suchs health- risk in formationin the food market.
  • Sedef Akgüngör teaches “Structureof Turkish Economy”, “Industrial Organization”, “Agricultural Economics”, “Economicsof Agriculture and Food Systems”.

Research Interests

  • Economics of food safety and regulation,food and agribusiness marketing, regional development and innovation, industrialclustering and cluster policies, policy evaluation, environmental economics.

Recent publications

  • TransportationInfrastructure Investment, Growth and International Trade in Turkey. Applied Economics(Forthcoming), (With Kustepeli Y., S. Akgüngör and Y. Gülcan)
  • Theeffect of railway expansion on population inTurkey: 1856-2000, The journal of interdisciplinearyhistory, 2011. (With Kustepeli Y., Gülcan E., Aldemir M., TecimV.)
  • ConsumerWillingness to Pay for Organic Products in Urban Turkey, Journal of InternationalFood and Agribusiness Marketing, 2010 Vol. 22 Issue 3,4. (With Miran B. & AbayC.)
  • PublicPolicies and Development of the Tourism Industry in the Aegean Region, EuropeanPlanning Studies, 2009, 17(10). (With Gülcan, Y &, Kuştepeli Y.)
  • RegionalSpecialization and Industrial Concentration Patterns in Turkish Manufacturing IndustryAfter Trade Liberalization. European Planning Studies, 2008. (With Falcioglu P.)






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