Department of Political Science


Dr Şirin Duygulu Elcim

Sirin wears a suit in this professional photo
Associate Lecturer
Room: 3.07, 29-31 Tavistock Square
Email: s.elcim@ucl.ac.uk


I joined UCL as Associate Lecturer in Public Policy and I also serve as the Deputy Graduate Tutor for the Department of Political Science. Prior to joining UCL, I worked as a Teaching Fellow for the International School for Government at King’s College London. I previously worked at Medipol University Istanbul, Turkey as Assistant Professor in Political Science and International Relations. 

I received my BA degree in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University and my MA degree in International Relations from Koç University before completing my PhD in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


My research focuses on the dynamics and processes of international public policy. I specifically study the role of unlikely actors in shaping policies in wide range of issue areas (such as security, environment, migration, human rights) and the role of technology in transforming agendas, institutions, and policies at the global level. 


Journal articles


  • “The Role of the Defense Industry in the Making of Security Policies: A Study on the Effect of Autonomization”, Social Review of Technology and Change 1(1):18-33. (2023) 


  • (with P. Sayan) “"NGOization, Politicization and Polarization of Roma Civil Society in Turkey", Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 22(3): 419-40 (2022). 
  • (with P. Sayan) “Roma Inclusion Policies between Europeanisation, De-Europeanisation and Transactionalism”, Beykoz Akademi Dergisi, 10(2):352-373 (2022).


  • ““All Quiet on the Western Front”: Turkey’s Reintegration(?) into Western Alliance through National Defense Industry”, Interdisciplinary Political Studies 6(2): 259-95 (2020).


  •  with C. Carpenter, A. Montgomery and A. Rapp) “Explaining the Advocacy Agenda: Insights from the Human Security Network”, International Organization, 68(2): 449-70 (2014).
Book chapters
  • "Rethinking ‘State Security – Human Security’ Nexus in the Face of COVID-19”, in Ş. Ömerakı-Çekirdekçi, Ö. İngün-Karkış and S. Gönültaş (eds.) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Threat and Impact of Pandemics, IGI Global (2022). 
  • “Digital Transformation and Human Rights: Rights in a Digitalizing World, Digital Rights” in C. Ovacı and E. Yıldırım-Saatçi (eds.) Digital Transformation Climate: Management, Economy and International Relations Perspectives¸Çağlayan Kitabevi (2022).

Google Scholar


This year, I will be teaching the following modules: 
PUBL0040 - Theories & Actors of the Policy Process
POLS0082 - Policy Making
PUBL0017 - Making Policy Work