Dr Kerem Öge BSc, MA, PhD



E-mail: k.oge@uwtsd.ac.uk

Kerem Öge

Lecturer in International Political Economy.

Schools and Widening Access Liaison.

I received my PhD in Political Science from Boston College in 2013 and I held postdoctoral positions at Université Laval and McGill University between 2013 and 2016. I joined the Faculty of Humanities at UWTSD in January 2017.


  • Bachelor of Science, International Relations (Major) and International Economics (Minor), June 2003- Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Master of Arts, International Political Economy, February 2005, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, January 2013, Boston College, Massachusetts, United States 


  • Visiting Fellow, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, 2016-2017.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University, Canada - funded by Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), 2014-2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Université Laval, Canada - funded by Chaire de recherche sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires. 2013-2014 
  • Visiting Fellow, Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, McGill University, 2010-2012.
  • Research Fellowship at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College, 2010-2012. 
  • European Union Jean Monnet Fellowship 2003-2004.

My research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics with a particular focus on the political economy of natural resources. 

My research interests are Energy Revenues, Transparency, International Organizations, Political Economy of Natural Resources, Corruption, Energy Geopolitics, the Caspian Region, and Turkey.

I teach the following modules at UWTSD:  World Politics, Contemporary Issues in Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, Political Economy of Natural Resources, Global Environmental Politics, Modern Middle East, Introduction to Microeconomics, and Introduction to Macroeconomics.

I would be happy to supervise students whose research interests align with any of the topics above.

In my doctoral and postdoctoral research, I explored how external influences shape domestic institutions in resource-rich countries.

In my Ph.D. dissertation I asked: What makes transparency reforms succeed or fail? Based on 40 in-depth interviews and an extensive analysis of primary documents and governance indicators in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan, I argue that transparency promotion from the outside is most successful when it also provides material incentives to the political elite in the form of increased access to foreign direct investment.

My postdoctoral research at McGill University aimed to understand why resource-rich countries join international transparency initiatives, critically examining the causal relationship between transparency promotion and corruption. My panel data analysis on all resource-rich countries suggests that governments carry out transparency reforms selectively in order to maintain and attract foreign direct investment while at the same time leaving embedded corruption networks intact.  I have published refereed journal articles in Energy Policy, Resources Policy, Europe-Asia Studies, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Extractive Industries and Society, and Communist and Post-Communist Studies based on my doctoral and postdoctoral research.

I am currently working on three projects at UWTSD. My first project is on the geopolitics of energy pipelines with a special focus on transit countries including Ukraine and Turkey. I am developing a new concept called “the transit curse” to understand current problems these countries are experiencing with regards to energy transit.

I am also analyzing the causes and consequences of transparency reforms in the European Union, Canada, and the United States. Industrialized, democratic countries have different priorities compared to less affluent resource-rich countries and this research provides an original perspective on transparency reforms in developed states.

My third project focuses on Turkey’s investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. The primary objective of this project is to analyze the economic impact of Turkey’s increased presence in Africa and evaluate Africa’s potential for Turkey’s diversification of energy imports.


Interview on Azadliq “Decisions on oil are hidden from the Azerbaijani public” 17 November 2014

Interview with Voice of America – Azerbaijan on “Transparency in Azerbaijan” 15 November 2014