SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Veli Yadirgi

BA MSc (London) PhD (London)
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Veli Yadirgi
Department of Development Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow & Research Admissions Tutor

Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States

Research Cluster Member

Centre for Ottoman Studies

Associate Member

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Dr Veli Yadirgi
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Veli holds a B.A. in Philosophy (King’s College, London), an MSc. in Global Politics (LSE), and a PhD (SOAS), and has worked as a political correspondent and editor in different media companies in Europe.  



  • (Forthcoming, April 2021) The Cambridge History of the Kurds. (With Prof. Hamit Bozarslan and Dr Cengiz Gunes). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2018) The Political Economy of the Kurds of Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Awards: 

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Titles List 2018 – Commissioned by the Association of College & Research Libraries (US).
  • The BKFS Book Prize 2018, Runner-Up Award – Co-commissioned by the University of Cambridge, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, and the British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society (BKFS).

Edited Peer-Reviewed Journals:   

  • (22 (6) 2020) ‘Special Issue on Turkey: Transformations in Kurdish Politics and Society.’ Guest Co-Editors: Cengiz Gunes and Veli Yadirgi. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.  

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • (22 (6) 2020) ‘Turkey’s Kurdish Question in the Era of Neoliberalism.’ Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

Book Chapters:

  • (Forthcoming, 2021) ‘The Changing Political Economy of Turkey’. In Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Turkey. Edited by Joost Jongerden. New York and London: Routledge.
  • (2020) ‘The Political Economy of Turkey’s Kurdish Question’. In The Kurds in the Middle East: Enduring Problems and New Dynamics. Edited by Mehmet Gurses and David Romano. New York and London: Lexington Books – The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. pp. 49-78.
  • (2018) ‘De-development in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia.’ In Routledge Handbook on the Kurds. Edited by Michael M. Gunter. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 139-56.


Modules Taught

Contributor: MSc Political Economy of Development; MSc Theory, Policy and Practice of Development; BA International Political Economy of Development;MSc Globalisation and Development; and MSc Aid and Development.

During 2010-13 Veli taught on the following postgraduate programmes:

  • Globalisation and Development
  • Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa


His expertise and research interests include: the political economy of developing countries; politics of development; nationalism and ethnic politics; social change and social theory; development economics; and social, economic and political history of Turkey and the Middle East. 


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