Akin Unver is a Bosch Cyber Fellow at the Center for Economic and Foreign Policy Research (EDAM) Istanbul. He is also an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University, specializing in conflict research, computational research methods, and digital crisis communication. He is an advisory board member of Doğruluk Payı, Turkey’s primary digital political fact-checking initiative.
In the past, Akin served as a Marcia Robins – Wilf Young scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and as a dual post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan’s Center for European Studies and the Center for Middle East and North African Studies. He was awarded the position of Ertegün Lecturer at Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies Department in 2010, teaching a range of courses on conflict, foreign policy, and sociology of religion in the Middle East. He was also the first scholar to retain the Ertegün fellowship for two consecutive years at Princeton.
Having published in Foreign Affairs, Journal of International Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Policy, and Yale Journal of International Affairs, Akin has also guest lectured at invited conflict studies seminars at Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Georgetown, and LSE. He regularly appears for commentary on BBC World News, CNN International, National Public Radio (NPR), Reuters, France 24, and Al Jazeera International. His geospatial research was featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Economist, and Financial Times. Akin’s research awards include recognitions from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the Society for Digital Diplomacy. His latest "militant selfies" project was featured in the Cyber Security Oxford 2017 research showcase.
From January to July 2017, Akin was a Bosch Digital Politics Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and a geospatial research fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London. At DPIR, his main scholarly focus is on "Computational IR" – namely, how computational tools, big data, and Internet research can link up better with international relations research. He is also currently writing a book on how non-state armed groups use digital communication technologies during emergencies.