Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci

Ibrahim Sirkeci

Position: Ria Financial Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing and Director of Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies
Faculty: Business & Management
School/institute(s): European Business School London

Professional Biography

Ibrahim Sirkeci is Ria Financial Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing and the Director of Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies. Professor Sirkeci is also the pathway leader for MA in International Marketing. Previously, he has worked at the University of Bristol and private universities in Turkey. Professor Sirkeci is a graduate of University of Sheffield (PhD), Bilkent University (BA), and University of London (PGCHE).

Professor Sirkeci has conducted research in the UK, Germany, Turkey and Iraq, often collaborating with distinguished international research teams. His research has been supported by national and international agencies including the British Academy, Higher Education Academy, the World Bank, governments and global companies. His research on remittances is sponsored by Ria Financial, a global money transfer company.

He has published several books, book chapters and articles in international peer reviewed journals as well as being a frequent contributor to mainstream conferences around the world. He has also appeared in popular media including CNN, BBC, Huffington Post. He is the chair of Turkish Migration Conferences and chaired The Future of Transnational Education Forum (2014).

Professor Sirkeci serves as editor for Transnational Marketing Journal, Migration Letters journal, Kurdish Studies journal, and Goc Dergisi while also serving at editorial boards of Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing and Population Review.

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  • PhD in Geography, University of Sheffield, Department of Geography, UK (1999-2002).
  • MA in Economic and Social Demography (transferred to Sheffield), Hacettepe University, Institute of Population Studies, Ankara, Turkey (1997-1998).
  • BA in Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (1997)
  • Interuniversity Docent in Business and Management (Marketing), YÖK (Council of Higher Education, Turkey), Interuniversity Board (ÜAK) (2008)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, University of London, Institute of Education, UK (2007)

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2005, Leverhulme Research Fellow, University of Bristol, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, Bristol, UK
  • 2003 – 2004, Assistant Professor in Management and Head of Department of Tourism Management, Atilim University, Faculty of Management, Ankara, Turkey
  • 1996 – 2003, Research and teaching assistant at various universities: Sheffield (1999-2003), Hacettepe (1997-1998), and Bilkent (1996-1998)

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Member of the British Academy of Management (UK) (since 2011)
  • Member of European Marketing Academy (since 2011)
  • Member of the Academy of Marketing (UK) (since 2007)
  • Member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (since 1998)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) (since 2007)
  • Fellow of Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria (since 2007)
  • Fellow of The Fund for American Studies (since 1996)
  • Member of the British Society for Population Studies (since 2000)
  • Member of the European Association for Population Studies (1997-2009)
  • Founding Member of the Asian Population Association (2008-2010)

Teaching & Course Development

  • Transnational Marketing Seminar
  • International Marketing Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Marketing Research
  • Principles of Marketing

Research Supervision

  • Currently supervising 6 PhDs
  • Completed PhDs:
    • Dr      Evinc Dogan (IMT Lucca, Italy)
    • Dr      Pinar Yazgan (Sakarya, Turkey)


  • External examiner PhD (Edinburgh Napier University, 2011-2014)

Research Interests

International marketing; Transnational consumer behaviour; Transnational marketing strategies; Segmentation; Mobile consumers; Ethnic marketing; Remittances; Digital piracy; Marketing of business schools in Britain; Transnational mobility; Migration; Ethnic segregation and labour markets; Conflict; UK; Turkey; Germany; Middle East; Eastern Europe 



Prof Sirkeci has published 3 research monographs, 4 edited books, 6 research reports, 1 proceedings, 3 compiled text book editions, edited over 30 journal issues, 25 peer reviewed journal articles, 23 book chapters, 33 working papers, articles and book reviews in other periodicals, and delivered 52 refereed papers and 44 invited papers in conferences, seminars, lectures and invited talks in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, USA, and the UK.

One of his co-authored books (Cultures of Migration, U Texas Press, 2011) was named the Outstanding Academic Title in 2012 by Choice in the USA (2013 January). His most recent book is published by Springe in 2013: Transnational Marketing and Transnational Consumers. His 2012 book Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond published by the World Bank became a sought after reference book.

Selected publications

Books and reports

(2013) Transnational Marketing and Transnational Consumers. Springer, New York, Heidelberg, London. (pp.75, ISBN: 978-3-642-36774-8)

(2012) Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond, The World Bank, Washington, DC., USA (pp.405, ISBN: 978-0-8213-8826-6). (with J. Cohen and D. Ratha).

(2011) Cultures of Migration, the Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility, University of Texas Press, Austin, USA (pp.202, ISBN: 978-0-292-72685-7). (with J. Cohen)

(2006)  The Environment of Insecurity in Turkey and the Emigration of Turkish Kurds to Germany, New York: Edwin Mellen Press. (pp. 332, ISBN:  0-7734-5739-9).

Journal articles

(2014). Globalisation is Over: The era of transnational marketing and connected consumers”, The World Financial Review, (January-February), pp.18-20.  (

(2012). Returns on Education amongst Men in England and Wales: The Impact of Residential Segregation and Ethno-religious BackgroundResearch in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30(3): 296-309. (with Khattab, N., Johnston, R., and Modood, T.)

(2012). The Turkish culture of migration: Flows between Turkey and Germany, socio-economic development and conflictMigration Letters, 9(1): 33-46. (with Cohen and Yazgan)

(2012). Space, Agency and Withdrawal: Birth Control Choices of Women in Turkey. Health Care for Women International, Volume 33. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2012.655384, Available online: (with Cindoglu)

(2011) "Understanding illegal music downloading in the UK: A multi-attribute model", Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Vol.5, No.1., pp.90-110. (with L. B. Magnúsdóttir) 

(2011) Economic activity in the South Asian population in Britain: the impact of ethnicity, religion and class, , Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(9):1466.1481. (with N. Khattab, R. Johnston and T. Modood)

(2010) "Ethno-religious categories and measuring occupational attainment in relation to Education in England and Wales: a multi-level analysis", Environment and Planning A, Vol.42, No.3, pp.578-591. (with R. Johnston, N. Khattab, and T. Modood ) 

(2009) "Ethnic Marketing Potential in England and Wales: New evidence from the 2001 UK Census", Asian Journal of Marketing, Vol.2, No.1, pp.1-9.

(2009) "Transnational mobility and conflict", Migration Letters, Vol.6, No.1, pp.3-14.

(2008). Determinants of choosing withdrawal over modern contraceptive methods in Turkey. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 13(4): 412-421 (with Cindoglu and Sirkeci)

(2007) "Human Insecurity and Streams of Conflict for a Re-conceptualisation of International Migration", Population Review, Vol.46, No.2, pp.32-50.

(2005). "War in Iraq: environment of insecurity and international migration", International Migration, 43(4): 197-214.

Book chapters

(2014). Abwanderung aus Deutschland in die Türkei: Eine Trendwende im Migrationsgeschehen? [Migration from Germany to Turkey: reversal of fortunes]. In: Krienbriek, A. and Obergfell, J. (eds.) Migration from Germany. Germany: BAMF, pp. 18-62 (in German; with Zeyneloglu).

(2012). "Internal mobility of foreign-born in Turkey." In: Nissa Finney and Gemma Catney (eds.) Minority Internal Migration in Europe, Ashgate Publishing, pp.175-194. (ISBN: 978-1-4094-3189). (with Cohen and Can)

(2012). "Theoretical appraisal: Understanding remittances". In: Sirkeci, I., Cohen, J., and Ratha, D. (eds.) Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond, The World Bank, Washington, DC. USA, pp. 23-30. (ISBN: 978-0-8213-8826-6). (with Cohen)

(2012). "Financial crisis and remittances from Denmark to Turkey". In: Sirkeci, I. Cohen, J., and Ratha, D. (eds.)Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond, The World Bank, Washington, DC. USA, pp. 283-289. (ISBN: 978-0-8213-8826-6). (with Yazgan)

(2011) "Ethnicity, religion, residential segregation and life chances." In: T. Modood and J. Salt (eds.) Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.153-176 (ISBN: 978-0-230-29687-9). (with N. Khattab, R. Johnston, and T. Modood)

(2010) "Segmentation challenges posed by ‘transnationals’ in mobile marketing", in Key Pousttchi and Dietmar G. Wiedemann (eds) The Handbook of Research on Mobile Marketing Management, Information Science Reference, IGI Global, Augsburg, Germany, pp.94-114 (ISBN: 9781605660745). (with R. Mannix

(2007). "Kurdish speaking Cologne: from guest workers to asylum seekers", in Guillou, A.Y., S. Tapia, and P.M. Wadbled (eds.) Migrations turques dans un monde Globalise, Le poids du local, Rennes, France, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp.179-198, [ISBN 978-2-7535-0463-9].

(2005). "Diaspora: Turkish", in M. Gibney and R. Hansen (eds.) Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to the Present, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, pp.607-610.

(2005). "A comparative study of Turkish and Mexican transnational migration outcomes: Facilitating or restricting immigrant integration?", in Henke, H. (ed.) Crossing Over: Comparing Recent Migration in the United States and Europe, Lexington Books, New York, pp.147-162. (with Cohen) 

Professor Sirkeci's complete list of publications

Other Outputs

Recent media appearances

Conference Papers Given

Selected Conference papers

(2014). The Turkish born women in London and their adaptation processes. Paper presented at the Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities” (TMC 2014) on 30 May - 1 June 2014 in London, UK. [/tmc].

(2014). Return migration patterns in Turkey by 2000 and 2011 Censuses. Paper presented at the Turkish Migration Conference: Comparative Perspectives and Continuities” (TMC 2014) on 30 May - 1 June 2014 in London, UK. [/tmc].

(2014). Discriminatory labour market experiences of A8 national high skilled workers in the UK. British Academy of Management - BAM2014 Conference, Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9-11 September, 2014.

(2014). Conceptualising demographic capital in relation to migration and employment outcomes in London. The2014 British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, University of Winchester, UK, 8-10 September 2014.

(2013). Transnational marketing of higher education. Paper presented at Erasmus internship Consortia Meeting, organised by ProAlv, Portuguese Agencia National, Porto, Portugal, 29-31 Oct.

(2013). Transnational marketing and connected consumers. MSc in Marketing programme guest lecture, University of Exeter, UK, 18 November 2013.

(2013). The marketing of higher education: mobility and transnational marketing. Paper presented at Culture for All: Mobility, Creative Economy and Entrepreneurship Conference organised by ProAlv, Portuguese Agencia National, Lusíada University, Lisbon, Portugal, 26-28 June.

(2013). Sources of Irregularity and Managing Migration in Turkey, paper presented at International Seminar: International Migration in the Middle East and North Africa after the Arab Uprising: A Long Term Perspective. Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on International Migration in collaboration with the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and ESRC-DFID, Cairo, Egypt, 22-23 April 2013.

(2013). Cultures of migration and the conflict model. Postgraduate and Staff Seminar, TODAIE, Ankara, Turkey, 18 December 2013.

(2013). Conflicts, environment of insecurity and human mobility: the case of Turkmen in Iraq. Paper delivered at hearing organised by the UNPO, United Nations, Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 20 September.

(2013). Conflict model and cultures of migration. Guest lecture delivered at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, UK, 11 Nov.

(2012). Urban segregation, refugees and Typologies. Invited paper, UNHCR Turkey 3rd Academic Network Seminar on Turkey’s experience with urban refugees: Modalities and future perspectives, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, 15-16 May 2012.

(2012). Transnational marketing success and macro-environmental screening: Testing the PEST factors in European imported alcoholic beverages sector. Academy of Marketing Conference - Marketing: catching the technology wave, University of Southampton, UK, 3-5 July 2012. []

(2012). Migrant Remittances and their Place in the Global Economic Crisis, paper presented at 9th European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 11 - 14 April 2012.

(2012). Managing labour migration in time of economic growth and crisis. Invited paper, International Seminar on Challenges of Irregular Labour Migration: A regional approach towards sustainable strategies. IOM, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Turkish Ministry of Interior, Ankara, Turkey, 19-20 September 2012.

(2012). Desire to migrate from and to Turkey, 2009-2011. Turkish Migration in Europe: Projecting the Next 50 Years, London, UK, 7-9 December.

(2011). “On Environment of Human Insecurity and Iraqi Turkmen Emigration”, invited speech delivered at European Parliament, Human Rights Subcommittee, Brussels, Belgium, 5th December 2011, 4pm - 5pm.

(2011). “Marketing business school research in Britain: Research leaders’ opinion compared to student perspectives”, paper presented at the British Academy of Management Annual Conference, 13-15 September 2011, Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK.

(2011) "Understanding five decades of migration from Turkey to Germany", paper presented at the Migration and Development: Comparing Mexico-US and Turkey-Western Europe conference held at the University of California, Davis, 6 May 2011, Davis, California, USA.

(2011) "It is a long step from saying to doing: Product sustainability and smootthie purchase in London". In: Patterson, A. and Oakes, S. (eds.) Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Conference 2011: Marketing Fields Forever, Academy of Marketing, Liverpool. (with T. Gossenberger)

(2010). “What determines illegal music downloading in the UK?” paper presented at The 32nd INFORMS Marketing Science Conference, University of Cologne, 16-19 June 2010, Cologne, Germany.

(2010) "Who cares about research? Role of research reputation in business school marketing in England" paper presented at Academy of Marketing Annual Conference, Coventry University, 6-8 July 2010, Coventry, UK. (with R. Mannix and L. Bologna) 

Grants Awarded

Professor Sirkeci has secured over £700,000 worth of competitive research funding from bodies including the British Academy, the UK Higher Education Academy, the World Bank, European Development Fund, European Commission, and private companies.

Last updated: 24 May 2016