The RCTBM members and affiliates are all experienced researchers with a proven track record of research, consultancy and publications in their respective areas of expertise.

Executive Team

The Regent’s Centre for Transnational Business and Management is home to researchers from Regent's and other organisations. While being open to new areas and expansion, the following are the current research groups and new suggestions are welcome.

  • Human mobility: incorporating labour markets, human resource/diversity management and integration. Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, Dr Christos Kallandranis, Dr Vicky Ghassemi, Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz, Vildan Mahmutoglu, Dr Tuncay Bilecen, Dr Carmen Caruso.
  • Capital mobility: incorporating transnational banking and finance and development. Dr Elias Boukrami, Dr Christos Kallandranis, Prof Gianfranco Vento, Dr Anh Nguyen.
  • Mobility of goods and services: incorporating transnational marketing, consumer behaviour, tourism studies, Islamic marketing, luxury brands and marketing. Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, Dr Elias Boukrami
  • Transnational heritage studies. Prof Jonathan Liu, Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, Prof Brian Hook

PhD students at RCTBM

Mehari Fisseha studies migrant integration in Europe

Supervisors: Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci and Dr Elias Boukrami

Samira Belakri studies legal protection of privacy rights and freedom of communication (Visiting PhD researcher)

Supervisors: Dr Elias Boukrami and Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci

RCTBM Visiting Research Fellows

The Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies invites qualified researchers who are planning or interested in conducting research in the disciplinary areas promoted by the Centre in London. The research centre at Regent's University London offers non-stipendiary visiting research fellowships while also offering collaboration opportunities. Applications for Post-doctoral, Mid-career and Doctoral research fellowships are welcome.

We invite international researchers to the research centre for joint research, events and publications. We can support visiting researchers grant applications as a host institution and mentor and supervised less experienced researchers during their work at the Centre. Please see the subfields and clusters covered in the RCTBM.

In previous years, RCTBM hosted over 60 visiting researchers from various countries including Algeria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey.

If you are interested in becoming a visiting research fellow at the Regent's Centre for Transnational Business and Management please contact:

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci, Director of RCTS
E-mail: sirkecii@regents.ac.uk
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7487 7758

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Current Visiting Researchers:

The current visiting researchers and their areas of research are as follows:

Prof Brian Hook, Emeritus, UK (Chinese Heritage)
Dr Tuncay Bilecen, Kocaeli University, Turkey (Migration from Turkey)
Dr Carmen Caruso, Independent, Italy & UK (Migrant integration)
Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz, University of Oxford, UK (Artificial Intelligence and mobility)
Dr Vildan Mahmutoglu, Galatasaray University, Turkey (Media consumption)
Samira Belakri, University of Algiers, Algeria (Freedom of communication)

Past Visiting Researchers:

Current and Past Visiting Research Fellows at RCTS:


Dr Nirmala Arunasalam, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Prof Sema Buz, Hacettepe University, Turkey
Dr Filiz Yaylaci Goktuna, Anadolu University, Turkey
Prof Abulfez Suleymanov, Uskudar University, Turkey
Dr Saniye Dedeoglu, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Turkey
Dr Elif Iskender, Beykent University, Turkey
Dr Vildan Mahmutoglu, Turkey
Mansi Thakker, Regent’s University London, UK (Alumnus-intern)
Gizem Ozgur, Katip Celebi University, Turkey (intern)
Sergio Morgillo, La Sapienza University Rome, Italy (intern)


Dr Xinping Shi, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
Mehtap Erdogan, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey
Beril Bastug, Yasar University, Turkey (intern)
Ezgi Kiziltan, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey (intern) 


Omar Al Serhan, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
Fadime Ariguzel, Bielefeld University, Germany (intern)
Gul Ince Beqo, L'universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy
Dr Sidar Cinar, Artuklu University, Turkey
Veysel Gelberi, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (intern)
Luca Morgani, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy (intern)
Gizem Ozgur, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey (intern)
Prof Apostolos Papadopoulos, Harokopio University Athens, Greece


Dr Necla Acik, University of Manchester, UK
Fadime Ariguzel, Bielefeld University, Germany (intern)
Selma Bardakci, Bahcesehir University, Turkey (intern)
Dr Tuncay Bilecen, Kocaeli University, Turkey
Dr Enrique Binge, University of Valencia, Spain
Katharina Buttenberg, University of Latvia
Denisa Adriana Cotirlea, Babes Bolyai University, Romania
Professor Elif Cepni, Bahcesehir University, Turkey
Dr Sidar Cinar, Artuklu University, Turkey
Veysel Gelberi, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (intern)
Dr Pinar Yazgan Hepgul, Sakarya University, Turkey
Dr Rauf Kesici, Kocaeli University, Turkey
Dr Sara Marino, Visiting Research Fellow, RCTS, UK
Dr Selcen Oner, Bahcesehir University, Turkey
Gizem Ozgur, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey (intern)
Giulia Palombi, University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy (intern)
Dr Wadim Strielkowski, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Dr Ali Tilbe, Namik Kemal University, Turkey
Fethiye Tilbe, Namik Kemal University, Turkey
Dr Bunyamin Topcu, Visiting Research Fellow, RCTS, UK
Deniz Yildirim, Yasar University, Turkey (intern)


Dr Basak Degerli, Marmara University, Turkey
Dr Peyman Ghaffari, Lux and Veritas, UK
Hichem Gharbi, El Oued University, Algeria
Dr Nevin Karabiyik, Marmara University, Turkey
Dr Simge Zeyneloglu, Gaziantep University, Turkey


Dr Bugra Ozer, Celal Bayar University, Turkey
Dr Guven Seker, Celal Bayar University, Turkey
Dr Aytekin Firat, Mugla University, Turkey
Professor Mahir Gumus, Canakkale 18 Mart University, Turkey
Professor Mustafa Okmen, Celal Bayar University, Turkey
Dr Dilara Seker, Celal Bayar University, Turkey
Dr Bora Suslu, Mugla University, Turkey
Dr Yucel Acer, Canakkale 18 Mart University, Turkey


Dr Emre Ipekci-Çetin, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Dr Gokhan Akyuz, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Dr Koray Çetin, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Dr Evinc Dogan, IMT Lucca, Italy 


Dr Filiz Emini, Selcuk University, Turkey
Esra Talasli, Selcuk University, Turkey 

Internships at the Centre

Regent’s Centre for Transnational Business and Management invites enthusiastic senior and postgraduate students to join the centre as research interns. Interns will have opportunities to work with experienced researchers on current projects and gain experience in research design, data collection, data processing, report writing, organisation of events, liaison with clients and stakeholders, office management and media relations.

Please get in touch with the Centre director for internship possibilities.

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