Dr. Gurer received his Ph.D. degree from Department of Political Science at Kent State University in 2007. His research interests and areas of expertise are Transnational and Comparative Security Policies, International Organizations and Security, Regional Security, Human Displacement, Refugees Integration and Security Policies, Research Methods and Statistics.
He has an extensive experience in international projects and participated several internationally recognized research activities. He also attended international meetings on security related matters and presented papers on “regional and global security”, “comparative policies” and “institutions.” He has teaching experience at different institutions and taught social science and research methods courses and most recently given courses on “International Relations and Terrorism” and “Research Methods” .
He has published a number of articles, book chapters and opinion papers on academic journals on various aspects of security. In addition, to teaching and research, he participated to projects with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UNICEF and UNODC.
He also worked with nongovernmental aid agencies dealing with Syrian refugees in Turkey and provided consultancy to increase the efficiency of services at the ground level. Most recently he has worked at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies as an Adjunct Professor and gave lectures on “Foreign Fighter Threat in Turkey” and “Refugees, Camps and Security in Turkey.”
He is currently working on two projects related to “political regime changes and security” and “conflicts, refugees and integration”
Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Western Illinois University
Dr. Ekici is an Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University and a law enforcement veteran. He earned his master and doctoral degrees from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, The State University of New Jersey. He has many publications about terrorism, community policing and crime analysis.
Dr. Kula holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the Turkish National Police Academy in 1999 and also a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Central Florida in 2011.
Dr. Kula served in the Turkish National Police for more than 17 years in various ranks and positions. In addition to his practical policing experience in the field, he also engaged in several national and international law enforcement training initiatives organized by the UN, NATO, and the EU.
His research interests include police management, police behavior, criminal justice policy, terrorism, and quantitative research in criminal justice and criminology. Dr. Kula has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters related to current issues of criminal justice. His recent publications have appeared in the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, the European Journal on Crime Policy and Research, Police, Practice and Research, and the Journal of Terrorism Research. His research endeavors have provided numerous insights into some of the most urgent criminal justice problems and assisted to make critical advances in public safety and security.
Dr. Kula is now working on two research projects related to global crime threats with his colleagues. The first research project is about analyzing global human trafficking trends to understand the relationship between the victims of human trafficking and offenders. His second project is titled as “the Global Terrorist Incidents Analysis” which aims to study the pledge patterns of religious-based terrorist organizations.
Dr. Celik is an honorary research associate at University College of London and lecturing in many higher education institutions on a part time basis. He earned his master degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of City University of New York and doctoral degree from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, The State University of New Jersey. He has also successfully completed a graduate level Advanced Security Studies Program at Marshall Center, The European Center for Security Studies in Germany.
During his quarter century long successful law enforcement experience, he held various positions including UN peacekeeper in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Deputy Counsellor for Security Affairs at the London Turkish Embassy. He has also played pivotal roles in many successful national and international conferences including Istanbul Conference on Global Security I and II, 2008 Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) Symposium, NATO Advanced Research Workshops in DC, 2008Peacekeping Summit at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in New Jersey. He has been awarded a UN Medal and many commendations in national and international level.
While he was working as professional, he also managed to produce so many academic works to keep his scholarly agenda alive. He helped the translation of two of the US Department of Justice (USDOJ)’s books, co-authored a text book, co-editor of two books, published so many scholarly written articles. They were all cited many times.
His research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of policing, comparative policing, policing in post conflict territories, peacekeeping, terrorism, national security and transnational crime which is compatible with his professional and academic background.