History

Regent's Centre for Transnational Business and Management was initially established as 'Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies' in 2010 by Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci.

The Centre has attracted many distinguished scholars from the UK and abroad to join research, events and publications. In 2012 and 2014, the Centre has successfully hosted the Turkish Migration Conferences. These four day conferences were well attended by over 200 academics from around the world and marked Regent's on the academic map of migration research. Many prominent names including Philip Martin, Barry Chiswick, Jeffrey Cohen, and Tariq Modood have been among the speakers.

In 2014, the Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies organised the Conference titled 'Kurdish Studies in the 21st Century' with keynote speaker Professor Martin van Bruinessen. This event was first of its kind and attracted an international audience including representatives from embassies.

The Centre has been also organising the Transnational Marketing Seminar series with speakers from academia and the industry since 2011 including some of the Regent's alumni. The invited speakers in this seminar programme included Professor Joseph Giacomin (Brunel University), Prof T C Melewar (Middlesex University), Dr Svend Hollensen (Southern Denmark University), Dr Çağrı Haksöz (Sabanci University, Istanbul), Dr Finola Kerrigan (University of Birmingham), Dr Monika Koller (WU, Vienna), Professor Marc Opresnik (University of Lubeck), and Dr Nadine Waehning (York St John University).

The Centre was home to the Ria Money Transfer Sponsored Chair between 2014 and 2017. The sponsorship aimed at fostering research in remittances and international money transfers. Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci led the project and was supported by five research assistants, Therese Svensson, Dr Necla Acik, Deniz Gunes Yardimci, Dr Thomas Long, and Dr Anette Condick-Brough over this period. Postgraduate students in Business and Management benefited from this collaboration by participating in research, meeting the executives, and company visits. This collaboration have supported many events including book launches, training events, seminars and roundtables. In October 2016, a roundtable on Migration, employment and remittances were attended by the representatives of academia, industry and NGOs.

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