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Efe Can Gürcan, Ph.D.


Efe Can Gürcan (Assoc. Prof., International Relations) is the Director of the Istinye University Center for Belt and Road Studies (CBRS/KUYÇAM). He also serves as Research Associate at the University of Manitoba’s Geopolitical Economy Research Group and Visiting Scholar at Shanghai University’s Institute of Global Studies. He speaks English, French, Spanish, and Turkish. Gürcan completed his High School at Lycée Saint Benoît and his undergraduate education in International Relations at Koç University. He received his master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Montréal and earned his PhD in Sociology from Simon Fraser University. Gürcan is a former Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholar (Category A). He was awarded with the Albert Szymanski Award by the American Sociological Association (2014) and the 2021 Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA). His publications include five books as well as more than 30 articles and book chapters on international development, international political economy, and political sociology, with a geographical focus on Latin America and Eurasia. His latest book is "Imperialism after the Neoliberal Turn” (2022, Routledge).

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