Dr Ali Coşkun Tunçer

Coşkun Tunçer joined the department as Lecturer in Modern Economic History in September 2013. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics in 2011, after completing his BA, MSc and MPhil degrees in Turkey and Greece. Prior to joining UCL, he taught and worked as a researcher at the London School of Economics and the European University Institute.

His research focuses on the history of financial markets, the evolution of international financial and monetary institutions, and long-term economic change in the Middle East and Southeastern Europe. Coşkun is currently co-investigator on a British Academy-funded research project investigating sovereign debt in the first age of globalisation. His other recent collaborative projects include a multidisciplinary and comparative history of the Middle East and South Asia from 1600 to 1914; and the evolution of the housing market in the Ottoman Empire since 1600.

PhD supervision

Coşkun is interested in receiving PhD proposals from prospective students on global financial and economic history since 1700, and the economic history of the Eastern Mediterranean since 1600. He is currently supervising PhD dissertations on the financial history of the Indian railways in the nineteenth century, and Ottoman confiscation practice in the eighteenth century.

Major publications

  • Sovereign Debt and International Financial Control: The Middle East and the Balkans, 1870-1914. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

For a full list of publications, see Coşkun's Iris profile.


Coşkun is the co-investigator of Democracy, autocracy and sovereign debt: How polity shaped government-creditor relations in the first age of globalisation, a research project supported by the British Academy Newton Fund (2016-2019).

Media appearances

'Ottoman Encounters with Global Capital', Ottoman History Podcast, August 2016.