Visiting Researcher,
Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics


Areas of Expertise
Diplomacy, Global Governance, Human Security, Humanitarian Response, Immigration, International Affairs, International Development, International Non-Governmental Organizations, Peace and Security, Refugees and Displacement

Region of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East

After serving at the governmental institutions (Ministry of National Defence, Ankara Chamber of Commerce, the EU Affairs and Cross-Border Cooperation Unit of Turkish Aid – TiKA, and the Ministry of Interior) in Turkey; Mr. Akcay shifted his career to academia, as of February 2012.

Entitled ‘Turkish Foreign Aid as a Foreign Policy Instrument’, his PhD thesis is published in Turkish; ‘Bir Dis Politik Enstruman Olarak Turk Dis Yardimlari’. Dr. Akcay is the co-editor of the book titled ‘Half a Decade in Turkey: Ambassadorial Insights’, (

He’s awarded with Chevening Fellowship in Scotland on “Government Relations with NGOs and Civil Society”. Following his Visiting Scholarship in Wales, Dr Akcay obtained the Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom.

Dr Akcay is the member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Human Security. His research interests primarily are African Politics, Contemporary Diplomacy, Foreign Aid Politics, Human Security, and International Security.

Recent Publications

AYOUBI, RAMI and AKCAY, E. (2018), ‘A Unique Opportunity to Promote Scientific Collaboration’, University World News, Africa Edition, Issue:525, (available at

Updated January, 2020