Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Politics and International Relations


Natalie is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations.

Career overview

Before she returned to academia to study her PhD at Loughborough University in 2007, Natalie was a BBC journalist.

Research areas

Natalie's research focuses on the Turkey-EU relations and liberal and illiberal democracy, and the role of the news media.

Her research looks at the Turkey-EU accession process and associated security issues such as migration and terrorism. She is also interested in the role of democracy in this process. Currently Natalie is updating her existing monograph, to include migration and ISIS, and working towards the next one which will focus on illiberality and democracy in Turkey. Natalie is also interested in the UK as a case study of news media freedom.

Natalie is very interested in supervising PhD students in these broad areas.

External activity

Natalie is on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies and is a regular reviewer for other journals.

She is a member of EISA, PSA and BISA - and is a co-convener of the BISA Working Group on South East Europe.

She is also a member of the organising council of the British Association for Turkish Area Studies (BATAS).

Sponsors and collaborators

Natalie was guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies on Turkey-EU relations since 2005 with Dr Gulay Icoz. It was published in December 2016.


  • 2018: "The AK Party and the Kurds since 2014: A discourse of Terror", British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. published online January 31st 2018.
  • 2017: Türkiye, Avrupa Birliği ve Brexit. In: D. Şekeroğlu and E. Esen, eds., Brexit - Elveda Avrupa İngiltere’nin AB’den Ayrılmasından Sonra Avrupa Bütünleşmesi ve Türkiye‐AB İlişkilerinde Fırsatlar ve Tehditler. Istanbul, Turkey: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. ISBN 9786059221658
  • 2016 with Dr Gulay Icoz: “Opportunities missed: Turkey-EU accession since 2005”, Special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. 24:2
  • 2015: “How the EU came to open accession negotiations with Turkey: The role of the ‘well-placed Brits’”, Journal of European Integration History. 21:2 pp. 231-250
  • 2015: Security and the EU Turkey Accession Process: Norms, Reforms and the Cyprus Issue. Palgrave, London (part of the New Security Challenges series edited by Stuart Croft)

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Press expertise

  • Turkey
  • Authoritarianism
  • Democratisation
  • Kurdish issue
  • EU and Brexit
  • European Security
  • Migration