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Dr Tugba Basaran

Dr Tugba Basaran

Senior Research Associate

Centre for Global Human Movement


Tugba Basaran holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge. She held visiting researcher positions at Harvard Law, Princeton University, Sciences-Po and the Institute for Advanced Studies and a lecturer position at the University of Kent. Prior to this, she worked for many years in international relations and international development, amongst others as international project manager for international organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, South-East Europe and Asia.

Research Interests

Her research focuses on (i) international mobility, human rights and the UN Global Compact; (ii) socio-legal analyses to borders, rescue and smuggling; (iii) critical approaches to security in liberal democracies; (iv) international relations and international political sociology; (v) political and postcolonial thought. At the Centre for Global Human Movement, she facilitates interdisciplinary research across the University of Cambridge and ensures global partnerships.

Key Publications

For her publications, visit her webpage

Monographs and Edited Books:


2018             Basaran, T. and E. Guild (eds.), Global Labour and the Migrant Premium: The Cost of Working Abroad, London: Routledge 2010.

2017             Basaran, T., D. Bigo, E.P. Guittet and R.B.J. Walker (eds.), International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines in International Relations. London: Routledge.

2010            Basaran, T., Security, Law and Borders: At the Limits of Liberties. London: Routledge.


Articles and Chapters:


2018             Basaran, T. and C. Olsson, ‘Becoming International: Capital, Conversions and Privileges’, Millennium 46(2): 1-23.

2018             Guild, E. and T. Basaran, First Perspectives on the Zero Draft for the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (February 14, 2018). Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 272/2018. Available at SSRN::

2016             Basaran, T. and E. Guild, Mobilities, Ruptures, Transitions in: T. Basaran, D. Bigo, E.P. Guittet and R.B.J. Walker (eds.), International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines. London: Routledge, pp. 272-286.

2015             Basaran, T., ‘The Saved and the Drowned: Governing Indifference in the Name of Security’, Security Dialogue 46(3): 205-220.

2014             Basaran, T., The Curious State of the Good Samaritan: Humanitarianism Under Conditions of Security in: C. Kinnvall and T. Svensson (eds.), Governing Borders and Security: The Politics of Connectivity and Dispersion. London: Routledge, pp. 49-63.

2014             Basaran, T., ‘Saving Lives at Sea: Security, Law and Adverse Effects’, European Journal of Migration and Law 16(3): 365-387.