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Research Interests

My research focuses on International Political Economy with a particular emphasis on the resource curse and the governafdfsnce of natural resources. It is often argued that well-functioning institutions can reduce patronage and codfdrruption in resource-rich countries. In my research, I focus specifically on how transparency reforms affect the relationship between natural resources and development. My published work analyzes the causes and consequences of transparency reforms in all resource-rich countries (with a special focus on Eurasia and the Middle East) using both qualitative and quantitative methods, combining comparative case studies with statistical analyses. I find that transparency reforms can often be misleading, a phenomenon I call ‘mock transparency’. My results show that governments carry out transparency reforms selectively in order to maintain and attract foreign direct investment while leaving embedded corruption networks intact. On this topic, I published refereed journal articles in Energy Policy (Impact Factor: 4.039)Resources Policy (Impact Factor: 2.695)Europe-Asia Studies (Impact Factor: 0.842)Eurasian Geography and Economics (Impact Factor: 1.104)Communist and Post-Communist Studies (Impact Factor: 0.722), and most recently in Extractive Industries and Society (Impact Factor: 1.312).

My current research focuses on a book manuscript named ‘The Transit Curse’. In this book, I am developing a new theoretical concept called ‘the transit curse’, which explores the largely ignored geopolitical dynamics of the resource curse and highlights the increased vulnerability of energy transit countries in Eurasia. On this topic, I have recently published a research article in Geopolitics (Impact Factor: 1.852).

I have recently been awarded an Open Research Area (ORA) funding for my collaborative project titled 'Frames in Production: actors, networks, diffusion’ (FRAMENET) (2021-2024). I am a Co-Investigator for the project in a team comprised of six colleagues (Özlem Atikcan from Warwick, Philip Leifeld from Essex and Kerem Öge from Aston, Anna Holzscheiter from Dresden in Germany, Jean Frédéric Morin and Yannick Dufresne from Laval in Canada). The project is funded jointly by the ESRC in the UK, DFG in Germany, and SSHRC in Canada. The total budget including all three countries is around £1,000,000. The project will seek to trace the origins of communication frames globally in six issue areas: trade, immigration, health, environment, and transparency. It will look particularly into the networks of frames and how they diffuse, using discourse network analysis (an application of social network analysis).

 

General

I am currently a Teaching Associate at Aston University. I am also a Research Fellow at the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development. 

My research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics. My research interests are Political Economy of Natural Resources, Transparency, Corruption, Energy Geopolitics, the Caspian Region, and Turkey.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, January 2013. Boston College, Massachusetts, United States 
  • Master of Arts, International Political Economy, February 2005. University of Warwick, United Kingdom 
  • Bachelor of Science, International Relations (Major) and International Economics (Minor), June 2003 Middle East Technical University, Turkey 
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, April 2019 Distinction 
 

Employment

  • Assistant Professor in International Relations, University of Nottingham, September 2019 – September 2020. 

  • Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, January 2017 – September 2019. 

  • Visiting Fellow, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, October 2016  October 2017  

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, McGill UniversityJune 2014- September 2016. 

  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Université Laval, January 2014 – May 2015. 

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for the Analysis of Public Policy, Université Laval, January 2013June 2014. 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the HEA

Teaching Activity

  • Post-Migration Europe, Rogue States, Introduction to IR, Introduction to Politics, Islam and Politics, Aston University, 2020-present
  • Dissertation, Understanding Global Politics, Problems in Global PoliticsInternational Political Economy and Global Development, University of Nottingham, 2019-2020. 

  • Understanding Democracy (Foundation), World Politics, Comparative Politics, Global Environmental Politics, The Modern Middle East, Introduction to MicroeconomicsPolitical Economy of Natural ResourcesInternational Political Economy, and Introduction to Macroeconomics at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 2017- present. (Student numbers vary - Teaching scores consistently over 90 percent significantly above the faculty’s average)  

  • World Politics, University of Warwick, 2016.  

  • Geopolitics of Energy (undergraduate and postgraduate)Université Laval, 2014-2015. (40 students per year– Teaching score: 94.3/100 significantly above the department’s average) 

  • Introduction to International Studies, Boston College, 2008-2010. (25 students per section – Teaching score: 4.27/5.00 significantly above the department’s average) 

Research Projects/Collaborations

My current research agenda focuses on energy transit countries. I am developing a new theoretical concept called ‘transit security’, which explores the largely ignored geopolitical dynamics of the resource curse and highlights the increased vulnerability of energy transit countries in Eurasia. My article on this new concept was recently published by a major international relations journal Geopolitics (Impact Factor: 2.756). My current project focuses on operationalizing the concept of transit security by employing social network analysis and panel data regression in order to identify the factors that lead to either cooperation or conflict in transit relations. The final aim is to create and analyze a major dataset on pipeline conflicts and design a ‘guide to good transit’ based on best natural gas transit agreements and practices, in partnership with the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) – a leading intergovernmental institution on energy politics.

I am also part of a collaborative project titled 'Frames in Production: actors, networks, diffusion’ (FRAMENET) which was recently awaded an Open Research Area funding. I will be a co-Investigator in this project in a team comprised of six colleagues (Özlem Atikcan from Warwick, Philip Leifeld from Essex and Kerem Öge from Aston, Anna Holzscheiter from Dresden in Germany, Jean Frédéric Morin and Yannick Dufresne from Laval in Canada). The project is funded jointly by the ESRC in the UK, DFG in Germany, and SSHRC in Canada. The total budget including all three countries is around £1,000,000. The project will seek to trace the origins of communication frames globally in six issue areas: trade, immigration, health, environment, and transparency. It will look particularly into the networks of frames and how they diffuse, using discourse network analysis (an application of social network analysis).

 

Awards

  • Open Research Area Funding by the ESRC (UK), DFG (Germany) and SSHRC (Canada). 
  • Fellow of the HEA, April 2019. 

  • Quebec Research Council Postdoctoral ScholarshipFonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), 2014-2016. 

  • Scholarship for Research ExcellenceUniversité Laval 2012-2013. 

  • Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, 2010. 

  • Dissertation Research Grant, Clough Center, Boston College, 2009-2011. 

  • Research Fellowship, Fortin Bradley Foundation, Boston College, 2007. 

  • European Union Jean Monnet Scholarship, 2003-2004. 

Contact Details

k.oge@aston.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

Award Date: 8 Apr 2019

PhD, Boston College

1 Sep 20067 Jan 2013

Award Date: 7 Jan 2013

MA, University of Warwick

30 Sep 200330 Jan 2005

Award Date: 30 Jan 2005

BSc

1 Sep 199920 Jun 2003

Award Date: 20 Jun 2003

External positions

Research Fellow - WICID, University of Warwick

30 Oct 2020 → …

Keywords

  • JZ International relations
  • Transparency
  • Energy
  • Geopolitics
  • Political Economy
  • Governance
  • Corruption
  • Eurasia
  • Turkey
  • Caspian
  • Oil
  • Pipelines
  • Transit

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Research Output

Understanding Pipeline Politics in Eurasia: Turkey’s Transit Security in Natural Gas

Öge, K., 12 Nov 2019, In : Geopolitics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Elite preferences and transparency promotion in Kazakhstan

    Öge, K., Jun 2017, In : Communist and Post-Communist Studies. 50, 2, p. 135-143 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Transparent autocracies: The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and civil society in authoritarian states

    Öge, K., Nov 2017, In : Extractive Industries and Society. 4, 4, p. 816-824 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Which transparency matters? Compliance with anti-corruption efforts in extractive industries

    Öge, K., 1 Sep 2016, In : Resources policy. 49, p. 41-50 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle