Nihan Toprakkiran is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, affiliated with the Chair of International Relations and Conflict Management.
Areas of Interest
- Social rights and welfare regimes
- Politics of development
- Social and economic inequality
- Political behavior of immigrants
My current research is about the political behavior of immigrants with regard to the politics of their countries of origin. In particular, I am interested in exploring how socioeconomic factors that are embedded in their current country of residence, such as their access to rights and level of integration, impact the external voting preferences of immigrants.
My PhD research was focused on the development of social rights and welfare regimes in middle-income countries. By looking at the case of means-tested social assistance, I examined the incorporation of informal institutions into the formal welfare system in Turkey. My previous research also included comparative work on social assistance in Spain and Italy, especially the impact of political and financial decentralisation on the development of social policy across regions.
2019 – present
2017 – 2018
2013 – 2017
Philosophy in Politics
2011 – 2012
Science in Comparative Social Policy
2006 – 2011
Bachelor of Arts
in Political Science and International Relations