SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Bilge Sahin

BA MA (Ankara) MA (SOAS) PhD (SOAS)


Sahin Bilge - BS42 DEV
Department of Development Studies

Research Associate

Dr Bilge Sahin
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Bilge Sahin has degrees from Ankara University, Turkey (BA and MA) and SOAS University of London (MA and PhD). Her academic work explores the impact of international actors on challenging sexual violence crimes in conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which provides a robust gendered analysis and establishes a feminist approach to international actors’ responses to sexual violence crimes in conflict in the eastern DRC and the impact of these global political practices on local gender power relations. Bilge had the opportunity to empirically enquire into these issues during her fieldwork in South Kivu and North Kivu provinces of the DRC in 2015 and 2016. During this fieldwork, she engaged with Congolese legal authorities, international NGOs, UN agencies, Congolese activists, and local communities including survivors of sexual violence.

Bilge held academic positions at the Department of Development Studies and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS from 2016 to 2018.
She has experience advising governmental institutions and law firms on matters related to the DRC. Since 2019, she is acting as a DRC Country Expert for Uppsala University, Sweden. She is currently working as a lecturer in the International Relations Department at Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey.


  • Sahin, B. and Kula, S. L. (2018) ‘What Women Want before Justice: Examining Justice Initiatives to Challenge Violence against Women in the DRC’, International Journal of Transitional Justice, 12(2): 296-313. 
  • Sahin, B. (2016) ‘Local Realities and Global Responses: Examining Areas Excluded from Global Initiatives' Responses to Sexual and Gender-based Violence Crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’, The Public Sphere Journal, LSE African Summit Edition. 
  • Sahin, B. (2014) ‘What is Happening to Women in Transitional Justice? Analysing the Crime of Rape and its Reconciliation in the ICTR’, Fe Dergi, 6(2): 1-13.
  • Sahin, B. (2014) ‘Adı Konulmamıs Bir Soykirim: Liberya Ic Savasi’, 20. Yuzyilda Soykirim ve Etnik Temizlik, eds Cakmak, C., Guneysu, G. and Colak, F.G., Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi Yayınları, İstanbul. (English Title: An Unknown Genocide: Liberian Civil War).