Ilke Toygur


I am a CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP Berlin) and teach “Geopolitics of Europe” at University Carlos III of Madrid. My main research areas include European integration, EU institutions, political parties and elections in Western Europe, Geopolitics of Europe and transatlantic relations, and Turkey’s relations with the West.

At the beginning of my career, I worked in Istanbul and Brussels for Economic Development Foundation (IKV), a Turkish think-tank focusing on the European Union and Turkey-EU relations. In 2016, I completed my PhD degree in Political Science in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Autonomous University of Madrid. Right before completing my PhD, I was granted the prestigious Mercator-IPC Fellowship in Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. After finishing my doctorate studies, I worked at Elcano Royal Institute, the leading Spanish think-tank on foreign policy, as an Analyst for European Affairs.

I have been a Visiting Researcher in European University Institute (EUI), University of Mannheim, and Brookings Institution. I am a Fellow of Transatlantic Relations Initiative of the IE University and serve as a Board Member of Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). My analyses appeared in Brookings Institution, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Foreign Affairs and El País, among others. I frequently comment on current developments in Europe on international media. I am native in Turkish and also speak fluent English and Spanish.


  • Ph.D. 2011 - 2016

    PhD in Political Science

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

  • M.A. 2010 - 2011

    MA in Democracy and Government

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

  • M.A. 2006 - 2008

    MA in Economics

    Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • M.A. Sep. 2007 - Feb. 2008

    Erasmus Student Exchange

    Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria

  • B.S. 2002 - 2006

    BS in Economics

    Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Other Affiliations

  • Jan. 2019 Present

    Board Member

    Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Brussels, Belgium

  • Jan. 2018 Present

    Fellow of Transatlantic Relations Initiative

    IE University, Madrid, Spain

  • March 2014 Dec. 2014

    Visiting Scholar

    Universität Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

  • Feb. 2013 July 2013

    Visiting Scholar

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Professional Experience

  • 10.2020 Present

    German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP) - Berlin, Germany

    CATS Fellow

  • 01.2017 01.2022

    Real Instituto Elcano - Madrid, Spain

    Analyst for European Affairs

  • 01.2017 Present

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Madrid, Spain

    Adjunct Profesor

  • 11.2015 11.2016

    Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University - Istanbul, Turkey

    Mercator - IPC Fellow

  • 10.2011 10.2015

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Department of Political Science and International Relations - Madrid, Spain


  • 09.2008 09.2010

    Economic Development Foundation (İKV) - Istanbul, Turkey


  • 09.2009 12.2009

    Economic Development Foundation (İKV) - Brussels, Belgium

    EU Expert

  • 09.2006 06.2008

    Sabancı University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Istanbul, Turkey

    Teaching Assistant

  • 02.2006 03.2006

    Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, Foreign Relations Department - Ankara, Turkey


  • 06.2004 07.2004

    Turkish Ministry of Treasury and Foreign Trade, International Economic Relations - Ankara, Turkey