Rusen Yasar

Rusen Yasar is a Senior Research Fellow at the Chair of International Politics

Areas of Interest

  • Well-being and inequality
  • Multilevel governance
  • Citizenship and migration
  • Nationalism and minorities


In the Chair of International Politics, I have been contributing to collaborative projects on traditional governance and indigenous politics with survey-based research. Most recently, we are examining the effects of policies targeting indigenous minorities on the reduction of inequalities. Our research on traditional governance focuses on its relationship with democratisation, development and conflict prevention.

In addition, I have been working on subjective well-being in terms of its economic, social and political determinants, its relationship to individual and average income, and social and global inequalities. I am also continuing my research on multilevel governance in Europe, which started with my PhD dissertation, with a special focus on the internalisation of norms through institution-actor interactions. My past research also includes topics on citizenship and migration.

Curriculum Vitae

2017 – present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz

2012 – 2017: PhD  at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

2011 – 2012: M.A. in Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University

2006 – 2011: B.A. in Political Science and International Relations Bogaziçi University, Turkey

For further information: personal website


Journal articles

Subjective well-being and income: a compromise between Easterlin paradox and its critiques (Economics E-Journal, 2018) [link]

Trajectories of emigrant quasi-citizenship: a comparative study of Mexico and Turkey (Comparative Migration Studies, 2017) [link]

Book chapters

Migration and Citizenship in Modern Turkey (Routledge Handbook on Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa, 2020) [link]


The institutionalization of multilevel politics in Europe (PhD thesis, University of Cambridge, 2016) [link]

Exploring normative theories of democratic citizenship: the case of Turkish emigrants in Germany (MA thesis, Central European University, 2012) [link]