Eren Özalay-Sanli is a Project Assistant at ISSAT, responsible for maintaining website content, preparing newsletters and managing ISSAT social media accounts while facilitating membership and discussions in the ISSAT Community of Practice. She conducts research on knowledge material as well as on country-specific and thematic issues and contributes to developing of advocacy material.
Before joining ISSAT, Eren has worked for UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) in the Knowledge Production and Management department developing IBE publications and establishing partnerships for international cooperation. She has also worked as researcher and faculty member in the European Studies departments of Bogazici University and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul while conducting her doctoral studies on the westernisation and modernisation of Turkey. Her recent research focus has been on democratisation, civil military relations and Europeanisation in Southeast Europe. She has carried out a Jean Monnet teaching module within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission in the area of Justice, Freedom and Security cooperation between the EU and Turkey.
Having a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University and a Master of Arts degree in European Studies from the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Eren is fluent in English, German, Turkish, Greek and has a good knowledge of French.