Burcu Ozcelik Associate Director

Burcu specialises in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean. Prior to joining Audere in April 2023, Burcu taught Middle East politics, conflict, and peacebuilding studies at the University of Cambridge.

She has published widely in academic journals and media, with a focus on foreign policy, counter-terrorism, and energy. Previously, she worked with the United Nations Development Programme, conducted research for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and has worked in an advisory role for private entities and regional governments on geopolitical risk and security.  She has extensive on-the-ground knowledge of the region, and has lived in Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, China, and the US.

Burcu holds an MPhil and PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge.