Caner Bakır is an Associate Professor of International Political Economy of the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics at Koç University. He is co-director of the Center for Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). He joined Koç University in September 2004 from Monash University where he was an Assistant Lecturer in its Accounting and Finance Department. Prior to this, he worked for Ziraat Bankasi as a banking specialist. Dr. Bakır has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of Strathclyde and University of Sydney.
His qualifications are Bachelor of Public Administration and Politics from the Middle East Technical University, Master of International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, and a PhD in Politics from Monash University.
Dr. Bakır has published three research books, co-edited a book, 15 indexed journal publications (9 SSCI), 8 books and encyclopedia chapters, and presented his work in over 30 international conferences/meetings. He was the recepient of Incentive Award in Political Science in 2010 and a Early Career Researcher Award in 2008 from Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). He publishes in the top journals in his field including Governance, Public Administration and New Political Economy. His comments on the Turkish economy, financial system and central banking appeared in the leading newspapers and TV channels including the Wall Street Journal and CNN Türk.
Dr. Caner Bakır's research, publications and teaching focus on wide range of disciplinary areas. His research is mainly in the areas of international political economy, comparative political economy and public policy, public administration, international business, and organization science. His wide research focus is evidenced by publications in SSCI Subject Categories including, political science, international relations, public administration, development and planning, economics, and business. He has extensively published on topics such as globalization, governance, government-business relations, banking and central banking, financial regulation, macroeconomic bureaucracies (i.e., central banks, Treasury and Ministry of Finance), and emerging multinational firms.
He is the author of three research books entitled Bank Behavior and Resilience: The Effect of Structures, Institutions and Agents (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013); Banka Davranışı ve Finansal Sistemin Sağlamlığı: Yapı, Kurum ve Öznenin Etkisi (Koç Üniversitesi Yayınları, forthcoming); and Bank in the Center: The Central Bank of Republic of Turkey and a Comparative Analysis (İstanbul Bilgi University Press, 2007, in Turkish). He recently co-edited a book entitled "Ülke Deneyimleri Işığında: Küresel Kriz ve Yeni Ekonomik Düzen" (İletişim Yayınları, forthcoming). As well as publications in leading SSCI indexed journals including Governance, Public Administration, and Development and Change his publications include several solicited book chapters and refereed encyclopedia articles. He serves on editorial boards, and referees for international and Turkish journals, and reviews manuscripts for international book publishers. He also served as a Rapporteur on the State Planning Organization's Special Commission on Foreign Economic Relations for 9th Economic Development Plan.
Dr. Bakir teaches graduate, Executive MBA, and undergraduate courses (i.e., Global Political Economy, Turkish Economy, and International Business) in all three different departments (i.e., IR, Economics, and Business Administration) at Koc.
Dr. Bakır’s contribution to the theory of institutional change is recognized by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Incentive Award in 2010 and by TUBITAK Career Award for his three-year research project on Organizational Change in Macroeconomic Bureaucracies in 2008. His research has demonstrated that institutional and policy change is more likely to occur when policy entrepreneurs, with joint membership in domestic and transnational policy communities, mobilise ideas and discourse, resolve conflicts, and steer their implementation in the various stages of public policymaking.
He has also received research grant from European Science Foundation: His two-year research on Multinational Corporations, entitled "2000-2010 Yılları Arasında Türk Çokuluslu Şirketlerinin Doğrudan Dış Yatırımları: Saikler, Stratejiler ve Etkileri"/ Outward FDI of Turkish Multinationals between 2000 and 2010: Motivations, Strategies and Effects”, has been supported by European Cooperation in Science and Technology in 2010. He is also appointed as a Management Committee Member to COST Action IS0905 representing Turkey.