Dr Gül Berna Özcan

Personal profile

My recent scholarly work deals with business-politics relations, internationalisation of firms from emerging markets and post-Soviet states, and the political economy of small and medium-sized enterprises(SME) and entrepreneurship.  At Royal Holloway I have taught a variety of courses at undergraduate and post-graduate levels since 1998. These include strategic management, modern corporations, European business, international perspectives on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship history and theory, corporate governance, and research methods, and served as a research director of the Gurukul Chevening Leadership Programme at the London School of Economics between 2005-2013.

I welcome PhD students in the field of international business and entrepreneurship, especially in the areas of SMEs, business-politics relations and internationalisation of  firms.

My work  appeared in diverse academic and policy outlets, including journals such as Business and PoliticsEntrepreneurship and Regional DevelopmentWorld DevelopmentComparative Economic StudiesEnvironment and Planning CProgress in Planning, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, New Perspectives on Turkey, and Insight Turkey.  I co-edited the UNDP study on business solutions to poverty and its 19 business cases from the CIS and Eastern European countries. My most recent book, Building States and Markets: Enterprise Development in Central Asia (Palgrave, 2010), explores the characteristics and impact of the emerging entrepreneurial middle class in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. In an earlier book, Small Firms and Local Economic Development:Entrepreneurship in Southern Europe and Turkey (Ashgate, 1995), I developed an anthropology of small firms and their survival and growth dynamics in three Turkish regions.  

Education: PhD in Economic Geography (London School of Economics), MSc (Middle East Technical University) and  BSc (Dokuz Eylul) in City and Regional Planning.

Awards: The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (2008-09); the Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2005-07); the Nuffiend Foundation Social Science Grant (2004-05); the Robert McNamara Fellowship of the World Bank (1998-99); the Middle East Research Competition of the Ford Foundation (1995-96) 

External roles: Expert evaluator for the European Commission (since 2003); member of the ESRC Peer Review College (since 2010); editorial board member of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business; international advisory board member of Anatolian Artisans

Languages:Turkish (Native); Italian (Advanced); Uzbek (Advanced) & Russian (Intermediate)

Previous PositionsSocial Science Research Fellow, American Univ. of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (one academic term, 2009-10); Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Washington DC, USA (2008-09); Associate Fellow and Political Risk Analyst, Emerging Markets Group, ELSE, London School of Economics, UK (2002-09); McNamara Fellow of the World Bank at the European Institute, London School of Economics, UK (1998-99); Assistant Professor, Dep. of City & Regional Planning, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1994-96); Research Assistant, Dep. of City & Regional Planning, the Univ. of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy (1987-88); Research Assistant, Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey-TUBITAK, Ankara, Turkey (1984-87)

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