Ibrahim Sirkeci is Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing and the Director of the Regent’s Centre for Transnational Business and Management at Regent’s University London. Before joining Regent’s University London, Prof Sirkeci worked as a Leverhulme Research Fellow at The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship in the University of Bristol (2005) and as an Assistant Professor in Management and Head of Department in Tourism Management at Atilim University in Ankara, Turkey (2003-2004).
Sirkeci completed his BA in Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University (Turkey) (1997), studied towards an MA in Economic and Social Demography at Hacettepe University Institute for Population Studies (Turkey), which was transferred to University of Sheffield (UK), where he completed his PhD in Geography (2003). Prof Sirkeci has been a visiting researcher at University of Cologne (Germany) in 1999.
Prof Sirkeci’s research spans into various multidisciplinary areas including marketing of higher education, transnational consumers, segmentation, segregation, mobility, transnational space, ethnic marketing, ethnic conflict, remittances, immigrant businesses, and reproductive health. His research has attracted funding from international funding bodies including the European Commission, the British Academy, the World Bank, and the UK Higher Education Academy. Since 2014, Prof Sirkeci’s research on remittances and transnational mobility is sponsored by Ria Money Transfer, a leading money transfer company.
Professor Sirkeci is editor of Migration Letters journal, Göç Dergisi, Transnational Marketing Journal, and Kurdish Studies journals. Migration Letters is the first ever letter-type international scholarly journal of migration studies launched in 2003 and is a well known, premium outlet for research and scholarship in migration studies. Transnational Marketing Journal is a new journal to promote research in this new field of study. Transnational marketing, transnational consumers and marketing practices are main areas to be covered in this journal which also promotes critical and innovative approaches and methods in studying marketing. Prof Sirkeci has also founded the Kurdish Studies journal with Dr Welat Zeydanlioglu in late 2012. It is the only peer-reviewed international academic journal in English in the field.
Professor Sirkeci has published several books, many book chapters, journal articles and other research pieces at prestigious outlets including journals such as Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Environment and Planning A, International Migration, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Population Review, Migration Letters, and Journal of Biosocial Science. He has also been a regular contributor to various international refereed conferences of learned societies and associations including the Marketing Science Society, Academy of Marketing, IUSSP, EAPS, and BSPS.
He is author The Environment of Insecurity in Turkey and the Emigration of Turkish Kurds to Germany (by Edwin Mellen Press, 2006) and Cultures of Migration, the Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility (co-authored with Jeffrey Cohen; by the University of Texas Press, 2011). His most recent book Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond is published by The World Bank, Washington, DC., USA (2012) (ISBN: 978-0-8213-8826-6; with J. Cohen and D. Ratha) [You can read the full text here]
Prof Sirkeci’s co-authored book Cultures of Migration was named “Outstanding Academic Title” in 2013 by US Magazine Choice. Prof Sirkeci was awarded Excellence for Research staff award by Regent’s University London in 2014.
Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci has launched and served as the chair of The Migration Conferences since 2012.