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Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV)

 Contact details
Contact personDilek Kurban
Program Director 
StreetBankalar Cad. Minerva Han No.2 Kat.3 Karakoy 
Address 34420 - Istanbul (Turkey) 
EmailShow Email
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)11-25 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Religion Studies
» Anthropology
» Area studies
» Cultural studies
» Ethnic studies
» Economics
» Political science
» Security
» Sociology
» Business and Management
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Journalism, mass media and communication
» Law
» Public affairs
» Social work

 Brief description of your activity focus
Works on issues of democratization, rule of law, human rights, identity, minority politics and citizenship in Turkey

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
TESEV) is an independent non-governmental think-tank, analyzing Turkey’s most pressing social, cultural,
political and economic issues. Based in Istanbul, TESEV was founded in 1994 to serve as a bridge between
academia, civil society and policy makers.
TESEV works in three programme areas, namely Democratization, Foreign Policy, and Good Governance.
Under each of these program areas, TESEV conducts academic research, prepares and disseminates
publications based on this research, and carries out advocacy on the basis of such research through
organizing conferences, seminars and workshops, in each of its working areas. A good part of advocacy
efforts is geared towards the policy makers, in order to provide input to the policy making processes
through scientific research and socio-political analysis. TESEV has established strong partnerships with
other civil society institutions in Turkey and organizations abroad. Among the foreign and international
organizations TESEV has worked with are the European Commission, European Parliament, World Bank,
Democratic Control of Armed Forces, United Nations Development Program, Norwegian Refugee Council,
Open Society Institute, National Endowment for Democracy, Center for European Policy Studies, the
British Council, French Institute of International Relations, Japan Social Development Fund Internal
Displacement Monitoring Center, International Center for Transitional Justice, Euro-Mediterranean Study
Commission, The Center for European Policy Studies, Chrest Foundation, SIDA (Swedish International
Development Cooperation Agency), and many other important institutions.
Democratization Program works on religion, state and society relations, civil-military relations, the
Kurdish Question, minority rights and constitutional citizenship, legal and judicial reform, public
perceptions and mentalities.
Democratization Programs expertise lies in the fields of legal reform;
judiciary; international human rights law; European human rights system; Europe-level governance;
European minority rights and protection; democratization; religiosity and secularism; migration; borders;
security sector reform. TESEV DP carries out field research, organizes national and international events,
workshops, training sessions, and informs policymaking through direct engagement with national and
international policymakers and institutions.
For more information, please see www.tesev.org.tr
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Structural changes in the knowledge economy and society
» Strengthening policy coherence & coordination in Europe
» Demographic changes
» Societal trends and lifestyles
» Cultural interactions in an international perspective
» Interactions & interdependences between world regions
» Conflicts, peace and human rights
» Participation and citizenship in Europe
» Diversities and commonalities in Europe
» Developing better indicators for policy

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeFP7
Project TitleEuropean Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems
Specific ThemeIndependent Media and Democracy in Europe (SSH-2009-5.1.1.)
Project websitewww.mediadem.eliamep.gr
CoordinatorELIAMEP, Greece

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Research partner on Turkey; brings in research and policy expertise on legal reform; judiciary; international
human rights law; European human rights system; Europe-level governance; European minority rights and
protection; democratization; religiosity and secularism; migration; borders; security sector reform in Turkey
and broader region. On the themes above, partner may organize workshops, training sessions, conferences,
panels, press conferences; may build or expand on networks; may carry out fieldwork research; may compose
policy reports, sociological and anthropological studies, academic journal articles and reports; may carry out
advocacy work; may engage in strategic litigation; and may increase awareness in national and international
community on a number of issues.

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