Efe Can Gürcan is Associate Dean of Research and Development for the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at İstinye University. He is also Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and a faculty member in the Department of International Relations, İstinye University. He serves as Director of the Center for Belt and Road Studies at Istinye University and Research Associate at the University of Manitoba’s Geopolitical Economy Research Group. Gürcan completed 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. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Turkish. His publications include three books as well as more than 30 articles and book chapters on international development, international conflict and international institutions, with a geographical focus on Latin America and the Middle East. His latest book is Multipolarization, South-South Cooperation and the Rise of Post-Hegemonic Governance.


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  • English

  • French

  • Spanish

  • Turkish


Awards & Scholarships:


  • Dean's Medal Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Simon Fraser University (2019)

  • President's PhD Scholarship, Simon Fraser University (2015)

  • Albert Szymanski-Critical Sociology Best Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association (2014)

  • Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, $6250 (2014)

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship – Category A, Social Sciences and

  • Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), $105,000 (2011-2013)

  • Provost Prize of Distinction and Teaching Positions, Simon Fraser University, $15,000,(2011-2013)

  • Major Entrance Scholarship, Simon Fraser University, $10,000 (2011-2013)


Third World Quarterly; Antipode; Journal of Agrarian Change; The Canadian Journal of Development Studies; Global Society; Review of Radical Political Economics; Development Studies Research; The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; South European Society and Politics; Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly