2019 PGcert in Higher Education, Middlesex University
2011 PhD Department of Sociology and Communications, Brunel University, London, UK
2000 Sociology, Berlin University of Technology, Berlin Germany (only one year)
1999 German for Academic Purposes for Undergraduate, University of Potsdam, Germany
1995 B.A. in Film and Television, Faculty of Communication, Radio, Television and Film, University of Istanbul, Turkey
Janroj Yilmaz Keles is a joint editor of the journal Work, Employment and Society, a Senior Research Fellow in Politics at Middlesex University Law School and a Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics (LSE), researching on peace and conflict, gender, political violence, ethnicity and nationalism, statelessness, migration, diasporas and international relations, social movements and media and political communication. He is also module leader of International Politics of the Middle East and North Africa.
Keles has extensive experience of international education. He studied in Turkey, German and United Kingdom. He received his PhD in Sociology and Communications from Brunel University. His PhD thesis, entitled "Media, Diaspora and Conflict: Nationalism and Identity amongst Kurdish and Turkish Migrants in Europe" is an interdisciplinary and comparative cross-national study based on sociologically informed analysis of mass communication, national-ethnic identity, multiple belonging and inter-group relations/conflict within diasporic and/or transnational settings.
He is one of the Co-investigators for the GCRF HUB – Gender, Justice and Security led by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with Middlesex University and other 17 institutions around the world (£15.2 million) (Middlesex University leads Migration & Displacement, £2.6 million, with Professor Eleonore Kofman, Professor Brad Blitz, Dr Janroj Keles and Dr Neelam Raina)
He has been awarded a research grant with Dr Neelam Raina for a study on Post-Conflict Craft Heritage of Iraq and Kurdistan – A scoping study of Samawah and Erbil, funded by Nahren Project, Art and Humanities Research Council and GCFR (£30.000). His ten years of experience in researching within higher education has comprised different roles in multiple research projects across disciplines ranging from media and sociology to international relations. Consequently, he has an interdisciplinary and cross-national comparative research background. He has a proven track record of securing external research funding, having contributed as Research Fellow or co-investigator to projects funded by the ESRC (£360,000), the EU Commission (319,456.00) the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Clark and Keles, £60,000), and the OECD ( Dodd and Keles, £5000). As a Principal Investigator, he received small grants from the International Organisation for Migration to undertake research on undocumented migrants in the UK (£5000) and from the Council of The British Institute for the Study of Iraq for my research project on “Transnational Mobility and Digital Social Networking (£8000). Moreover, he received a Newton Fund to research the role of transnational entrepreneurship in post-conflict developing economies (Kurdistan-Iraq, £3650).
Previously he worked as a Lecturer, teaching sociology and media studies at Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University and an Associate Lecturer at Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck. He also worked at Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University where he worked for a number of cross-national and interdisciplinary research projects on migration, visual and work sociology, civic engagement and participation, forced labour, human trafficking, precarious work, labour movement and trade union, community, identity, ethnicity, racism and globalization.
While he was doing his PhD, he has been part of a research team to explore 'Legitimising the discourses of radicalisation: Political violence in the new media ecology' for University of Warwick, worked for Harvard University in London on the political participation and religious integration of Muslims in Europe after 9/11 and participated in the MIGSYS research project (Professor Russell King) to examine the growing diversity of migrant types, nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, languages and motivations, especially in "super-diversity" within the urban settings such as London (see King at el 2008).
He has published several single-authored and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed high-quality journals including Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies, The Sociological Review, Antipode, Urban Studies, Middle East Journal of Culture & Communication, Industrial Law Journal, Work, Employment and Society,
My monograph Media, Conflict and Diaspora (I.B. Tauris, 2015), was well received. In addition, his feature articles were published in University World News, Open Democracy, Foreign Policy, European Union Foreign Affairs Journal and Chartist
Follow him at https://twitter.com/janroj
English, Kurdish, Turkish and German
International Relations, Peace and Conflict, Gender, Political Violence, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Statelessness, Migration, Diasporas and International Relations, Social movements and Media and Political Communication, International Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Globalisation and Politics, Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theories, Sociology of Work, Globalisation and the Mass Media, Media Representations, and Globalisation, Locality and Youth, Kurdish and Turkish Migration (Germany, the UK and Sweden) as well as Transnational Political and Economic Mobility and Research Methods (Doing Sensitive Research,Visual Research and Ethnography of Computer-Mediated Communication (Nethnography)).
1.International Relations, Peace and Conflict, Gender, Political Violence, Ethnicity and Nationalism, International Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Globalisation and Politics, Statelessness, Diasporas and International Relations, Social Movements and Kurdish and Turkish Studies.
Doctoral students welcome in the areas of International Relations, Peace and Conflict, Political Violence, Ethnicity and Nationalism, International Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Globalisation and Politics, Statelessness, Migration, Diasporas and International Relations, Social Movements and Kurdish and Turkish Studies.
External examining experience
Media, Diaspora and Conflict: Nationalism and Identity amongst Kurdish and Turkish Migrants in Europe, I.B.Tauris, September 2015
Keles, J. Y (2019) ‘Media and Nationalism Beyond Borders’, in Handbook “Diasporas, Media and Culture’, edited by Retis. J and Tsagarousianou, R. Wiley-Blackwell and IAMCR
Keles, J. Y (forth) Diaspora and International Relations. In “Together Toward Tomorrow”, edited by TIC, Sri Lanka
Keles, J (2015) 'Diaspora, the Internet and Social Capital' in Migrant Capital: networks, identities and strategies, edited by Louise Ryan, Umut Erel, Alessio D'Angelo, Palgrave Macmillan
Keles, J (2014) 'The Politics of Religious and Ethnic Identity among Kurdish Alevis in the Homeland and in Diaspora', in Omarkhali, Khanna (ed.), Religious Minorities in Kurdistan: Beyond the Mainstream. Series: Studies in Oriental Religions, vol. 68. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, 2014, pp. 173–224 (Translated into Turkish)
International refereed journals
Keles, J.Y (2019) Return mobilities of highly skilled young people to a post-conflict region: the case of Kurdish-British to Kurdistan – Iraq, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1600401
Keles, J.Y., Markova, E and Fatah, R (2019) Migrants with insecure legal status and access to work: the role of ethnic solidarity networks. Equality, diversity and inclusion: An international journal
Syrett, S and Keles, J.Y (2019) Diasporas, agency and enterprise in settlement and homeland contexts: Entrepreneurship in the Kurdish diaspora. Political Geography Volume 73, Pages 60-69
Keles, J. Y (2016) Digital Diaspora and Social Networks. Middle East Journal of Culture & Communication
Holgate, J., Keles, J and Kumarappen, L (2012) Visualizing 'community': an experiment in participatory photography among Kurdish diasporic workers in London, The Sociological Review, Volume 60, Issue 2, pages 312–332, May 2012
Holgate, J. Pollert, A. Keles, J. and Kumarappan, L. (2012) 'De-collectivisation and employment problems: the experiences of minority ethnic workers seeking help through Citizens Advice'. Work Employment & Society October 2012 vol. 26 no. 5 772-788
Holgate, J.,Keles, J., Pollert, A., and Kumarappen, L (2012)Workplace Problems Among Kurdish Workers in London: Experiences of an `Invisible' Community and the Role of Community Organisations as Support Networks, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Volume 38, Number 4, pp. 595-612(18)
Holgate, J. Pollert, A., Keles, J and Kumarappan, L. (2011) Geographies of isolation: how workers (don't) access support for problems at work, Antipode Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 1078–1101
Holgate, J. Pollert, A., Keles, J and Kumarappan, L (2011) Social Networks Help to Fill the Gap? Union Decline and Voice among Minority Ethnic Workers : Do Community-based Social Networks Help to Fill the Gap? Urban Stud 2012 49: 613
Holgate, J. Pollert, A and Keles, J (2009) Union decline, minority ethnic workers and employment advice in local communities. Industrial Law Journal 38:3. 412-416.
King R, Thomson M, Mai N, and Keles J.Y. 'Turks' in the UK: Problems of Definition and the Partial Relevance of Policy, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Volume 6, Issue 3 October 2008 , pages 423 – 434
- Keles, J.Y (2016) " Returning Home " Transnational mobility and social networks among highly skilled British- Kurdish young people https://www.academia.edu/27726243/_Returning_Home_Transnational_mobility_and_social_networks_among_highly_skilled_British-_Kurdish_young_people
-Drakopoulou Dodd, S. and Keles, J (2014), "Expanding the networks of disadvantaged entrepreneurs", prepared for the OECD LEED Programme. For further details click at http://tinyurl.com/lys4cqz
-Keles, J., Markova, E., Fatah R., Deen, S and Salihy, R (2013) Iraqi undocumented migrants in the UK (2013), The International Organization for Migration Iraq (IOM Iraq)
-Mckay, S., Jeffersy, S., Paraskevopolou, A and Keles J(2012) Precarious work and social rights, Carried out for the European Commission, (VT/2010/084) ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=7925&langId=en
- Clark, N., Jefferys, S., Keles, J., Contrepois, S.,Dizdarevič, M.S.,Kubisa, J.,Revilla Castro, C. J.,Perocco, F and Lulle, A (2011) Precarious work amongst students in Europe (PRECSTUDE). A seven country study funded by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)
Keles, J (2011) The responses of Germany to trafficked/ forced Labour and extreme form of labour exploitation, Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University
-Holgate, J, Keles, J, Kumarappan, L, Pollert, A (2010) Help and Representation for Problems at Work: what has happened to support networks and advice centres? London: Working Lives Research Institute.
-Holgate, J. Keles, J.Kumarappan, and Pollert, A. (2010) Diaspora, work, employment and community. A report on Kurdish workers in London, Working Lives Research Institute
Departmental working papers
Holgate, J. Keles, J. Pollert, A. (2009) To whom do I turn when I am invisible?: The experience of Kurdish workers who have problems at work?Working Lives Research Institute
Holgate, J. Pollert, A. Keles, J. and Jha, M. (2009) Ethnic minority representation at work: An initial review of literature and concepts, Working Lives Research Institute
Holgate, J. Pollert, A and Keles, J. (2009) The influence of identity, 'community' and social networks on how workers access support for work-based problems, Working Lives Research Institute
Holgate, J. Pollert, A and Keles, J. (2009) Union decline and the lack of employment advice for minority ethnic workers in the UK: can community support organisations help to fill the gap?, Working Lives Research Institute
King R, Thomson M, Mai N, and Keles J.Y. 'Turks' in London : Shades of Invisibility and the Shifting Relevance of Policy in the Migration Process. Working Paper, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex
Keles, J, Y (2017) Kurdistan-Iraq between hope and uncertainty, Chartist, Feb 2018
Keles, J, (2014) The European Kurds rallying to fight IS, Opendemocrasy.net, Republished by Foreign Policy and European Union Foreign Affairs Journal
Shareef, M and Keles, J (2014) Why an independent Kurdistan makes sense, Opendemocrasy.net
Keles, J. Y (2014) Avrupa Ülkelerinin Mülteci ve İltica Politikaları - Refugees and Asylum Policy in EU Member States, PolitikArt (Turkish)
Keles, J. Y (2015) Akdenizde gocmen olumleri ve AB - Mediterranean migrant deaths and EU, daily Yeni Ozgur Politika (Turkish)
Keles (2012) Kurds in Syria and the Old concepts of "Good Kurds" and "Bad Kurds", Kurdnet.com
Keles(2012) Roj Tv Neden Kapatilmamali? ( Why should Roj TV not be shut down?), Gelawej.net, 2011 (Turkish)
Keles, J(2006) Bi Nihêrînek Gelemperî Sînema (An overview of the development of film art) Kovara Zende 1, (Kurdish)
Keles, J (1994) Gorsel Tumceler (Visual Semiotics), Iskenderiye Yazilari (Turkish)
Recent conference papers
Keles, J.Y (2018) Migrants with insecure legal status and access to work: the role of ethnic solidarity networks, XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology (July 15-21, 2018), Toronto
Keles, J.Y (2018) Diasporas, agency and enterprise in settlement and homeland contexts: politicised entrepreneurship in the Kurdish diaspora, Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Annual International Conference, 29 – 31 August, University of Cardiff
Keles, J.Y (2018) Media and Diaspora, on the 120th anniversary of the Kurdish journalism, the College of Humanities of the University of Halabja 22 April 2018
Keles, J.Y (2017) Digital Diaspora and Social Capital, 2nd Kurdish Migration Conference, Middlesex University, 16 June 2017
Keles, J.Y (2017) Return Migration of Highly Skilled Young People to a Conflicted Region, WES Conference, Leeds University, 6-8 Sep 2016
Keles, J.Y (2016) Diaspora, Identity and Enterprise, iMigMob, Loughborough University, 18-20 July
Keles, J.Y (2016) Return Migration to Kurdistan, ISA conference, Vienna, 10-14 July
Syrett, S and Keles, J.Y (2016) Diasporas, Politicization and Enterprise: Conceptualizing Politicized Diasporic Entrepreneurship, 2nd International Conference on Migration and Diaspora Entrepreneurship, Bremen, Germany, 28 - 29 Nov 2016
Keles, J.K (2016), Transnational mobility and the labour market, WES Conference, University of Leeds, 6-8 Sep 2016
Keles, J.Y (2016) Return Migration to Kurdistan, ISA conference, Vienna, 10-14 July
Syrett S and Keles, J (2015) Understanding Politicised Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Enterprise, Diasporas and Identity, ISBE Conference, 10-13 Nov 2015
Keles,J (2014) Stateless media: The case of Kurdish media, paper presented at the ISA, Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014
Keles, J (2014) Contemporary Forced Labour in Germany, Paper presented at the International Labour Process Conference, London, 7-9 April 2014.
Keles, J (2013) Insecurity in an endless circle: Iraqi-Kurdish migrants with insecure immigration status in the UK, Paper presented at UndocNet, London Metropolitan University, 6th Dec 2013
Keles,J (2012), Precarious situation among the UK students, Concept of Precariousness and Students, Brussels, 30 Nov 2012,
Keles, J (2012), Mediated homeland politics and transnational ethnic audiences: The case of Kurdish and Turkish migrant, Second International Conference on Kurdish Studies 'The Kurds and Kurdistan: Considering Continuity and Change' the University of Exeter, 6-8 September 2012
Keles, J (2011) The responses of Germany to trafficked forced Labour and extreme form of labour exploitation, conference on review of responses to forced labour in the EU, Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, 5th July 2011, London.
Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. Holgate, J. Pollert, A. (2010) Visual methods for exploring work, identities and belonging: the case of Kurdish workers in London Paper presented at Work, Employment and Society Conference, 7–9 September 2010 Brighton
Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. Holgate, J. Pollert, A. (2010) Visualising 'community': an experiment in participatory photography among Kurdish Diaspora in the UK. Paper presented at Visual Sociology Study Group, BSA Annual Conference, 7-9 April 2010, Glasgow.
Holgate, J. Pollert, P. Keles, J. (2009) Union decline and the lack of employment advice for minority ethnic workers in the UK: can community support organisations help to fill the gap? Paper presented at the International Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference, Sydney, 24-27 August 2009.
Keles, J. Holgate, J. Pollert, P. (2009) To whom do I turn when I am invisible? The experiences of Kurdish workers who have problems at work. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, 15-17 April 2009.
Holgate, J. Pollert, P. Keles, J. (2009) The influence of identity, 'community' and social networks on how workers access support for work-based problems. Paper presented at the International Labour Process Conference, Edinburgh, 6-8 April 2009.
Keles J (2008) Banal Nationalism in Turkish media. Paper presented to "4th BRISMES Annual Graduate Conference 2008, organised by London School of Economics, London, 3rd - 4th September 2008
Keles J (2008) The representation of Turkish and Kurdish conflict in the media, Paper presented to "Summer School in Media & Nationalism" organized by Universitat de Vic (UVic), Barcelona / Catalonia , 07 July 2008
Keles J (2007)The Turkish and Kurdish ethno-nationalist conflict and the role of Turkish and Kurdish media in the conflict. Paper presented to "Communication and Conflict: Propaganda, Spin and Lobbying in the Global Age" organised by University of Strathclyde n Glasgow / UK on 7-9 September 2007
Keles J (2007) The Development of Kurdish media in Diaspora. Paper presented to "KSSO seminar series", SOAS, London/UK, 14 May 07
Editor of Work, Employment & Society (WES) ABS4 ranked journal of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
Member of the editorial board
Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Entrepreneurship (JIRE), Migration Letter and Goc Dergisi (in Turkish)
2019: GCRF HUB – Gender, Justice and Security led by The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with Middlesex University and other 17 institutions around the world (£15.2 million) (Middlesex University leads Migration & Displacement, £2.2 million, with Professor Eleonore Kofman, Professor Brad Blitz, Dr Janroj Keles and Dr Neelam Raina)
2018: Post-Conflict Craft Heritage of Iraq and Kurdistan – A scoping study of Samawah and Erbil, with Dr Neelam Raina, funded by Nahren Project, Art and Humanities Research Council and GCFR (£30.000)
2017: The role of transnational entrepreneurship in post-conflict developing economies (PI: Janroj Yilmaz Keles), Newton Fund, £3.650 (February – May 2017)
2015: The British Institute for the Study of Iraq funded research on “Migration, Transnational Mobility and Digital Social Networking: the case of the Iraqi –Kurdish young people in the UK (PI: Janroj Keles, £8.000 (Middlesex University, April 2015 –March 2016) https://www.academia.edu/27726243/_Returning_Home_Transnational_mobility_and_social_networks_among_highly_skilled_British-_Kurdish_young_people
2014: He was co-awarded (PIs Sarah Dodd and Janroj Keles) a project to review the EU policy approaches of inclusive Entrepreneurship: Expanding the networks of disadvantaged entrepreneurs, funded by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2014), For further details click at http://tinyurl.com/lys4cqz
2012: Co-awarded for investigating on Iraqi undocumented migrants in the UK, £8.000, funded by The International Organization for Migration Iraq (PI: Janroj Yilmaz Keles and Co: Eugenia Markova and Rebwar Fettah, WLRI, Oct 2012-April 2013)
2011: Co-awarded with Nick Clark (WLRI) for investigating on Responses to forced labour in the EU. £60.000, funded by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (PI: Nick Clark, Co: Janroj Yilmaz Keles, WLRI, Sept 2011 –August 2012).
2012: EU funded project titled Precarious work amongst students in Europe (149 964.78, Pl: Steve Jeffereys, Co-Is: Nick Clark and Janroj Yilmaz Keles, WLRI, Jan 2012 Dec 2012 )
2010-2011: Co-I for an EU funded project titled ‘Study on Precarious work and social rights’ (file:///C:/Users/janro/Downloads/Study_precarious_work_EN.pdf) (£318,607, Pl: Sonia Mykay and Steve Jeffereys, Researchers: Anna Paraksevopoulou and Janroj Yilmaz Keles, May 2011-April 2012)
2008-2010: Research Fellow for an ESRC funded project titled ‘The influence of identity, ‘community’ and social networks on ethnic minority representation at work’ (£315,000, Pl: Jane Holgate, Research Fellow: Janroj Yilmaz Keles And Leena Kumarappan,WLRI, 2007-2010)
Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles has been interviewed by Times Higher Education, BBC, Skynews, France 24, Voice of Russia, Voice of America, Monocle 24 Radio, Sputnik, Kurdish,Turkish, Iranian, Arab and Brazilian media including Rudaw TV, NRTTV, Nuce TV, Mednuce TV, Hayat TV, IMC TV, Levant TV, Shargh, Yeni Ozgur Poitika and Hurriyet Newspapers.
Invited by Communication, Culture and Media Research Group at the University of Bradford, Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies and International Development Research Centre (Beirut- Lebanon), Kurdistan University of Hawler, The American University of Iraq of Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations Seminar (CRER ), Warwick University, Embassy of Denmark and the British Equality and Human Rights Commission,TUC Black Workers Committee as well as the Trade unions and grassroots social movements to present his work and /or talk about the ongoing political instability in the Middle East.
In addition to this, he has been invited by various Think Tank or Policy Institutions to participate in round table discussions on migration, "integration", social cohesion but also on Turkey, Turkey's Kurdish question, Kurdistan Regional Government, Syrian conflict.
Since 2007, he has been organising seminars on issues ranging identity, ethnicity, nationalism, ethnic conflicts, gender, forced migration, racism, citizenship, human rights and minority rights and transnational media in the context of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria/Kurdistan and also co-organised conferences on "Responses to Forced Labour in the EU"(July 2011, WLRI, London) and on "Study on precarious work and social rights". The academics, government authorities, trade union officials and NGO from 12 member states of EU attended above-mentioned conferences.
Public Engagement / Media Dissemination
2016: Turkey's Kurdish policy, BBC World Service/The History Hour, 15.11.16, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04f9s6g
2016: Turkey, Syrian conflict and the Kurds, SkyNew (28 Agust 16)
2010 BBC on crime, education, employment and Kurdish and Turkish young people in the UK (21.10) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11325134
2016: Turkish government current policies in the Kurdistan Region of Turkey, ARA News (8 Sep 2016), http://kurdishquestion.com/article/3429-turkey-launches-renewed-crackdown-on-kurds-detains-prominent-politician
2016: The role of returning diaspora in Kurdistan, Australian SBS (9 May 2016) http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/kurdish/en/content/role-returning-diaspora-kurdistan
2018: Times Higher Education on academic freedom in Turkey
2018: German influential Neue Osnabrücker Newspaper on Iran and Iraq relationship
2018 Voice of America (Radio) on Election in Turkey
2017: Rudaw on referendum in Kurdistan
2017: BBC World Service - The History Hour on language and ideology in Turkey
2016: Skynews on the Turkey policy towards Syria
2016: NRTV on Islamic fundamentalism and Syrian conflict
2016: Australian SBS Radio on Migration and the Middle East
2016: Talk on Academic Freedom in Turkey, at the British Parliament
2015: Iran's most prominent pro-reform Shargh newspaper, on Turkey-Iran relations(04.05) http://tinyurl.com/lgcp5jc
2015: MedNuce TV on the general election in Turkey, Brussels (12 April)
2015: NRTTV on "Kurds' Lonely Fight" against ISIS
2014: AEETV on Russia and Turkey economic ties and the crisis in Syria and Iraq
2013: Voice of Russia on Turkey's Kurdish question (20 Dec)
2012 IMC TV, Invisible communities, (11.10)
2012 Voice of Russia, Turkish and Syrian border conflict (08.10)
2012 Hayat TV on Kurdish and Turkish young people in the UK (25.06)
2012 Rudaw on Transnational Kurdish lobby activities in the UK (20.06)
2012 Yeni Ozgur Poitika on education and diaspora (12/04)
2011 Voice of America (Radio) on Census 2011 and ethnic minorities in the
2016: Westminster Debate ‘Academic Freedom in Turkey’, The House of Commons, 29 Feb 2016 http://ceftus.org/2016/02/13/westminster-debate-academic-freedom-in-turkey/
2014: Invited to talk about "Forced Migration and Internally Displaced People in Iraq and Syria", by Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the UK, at the British Parliament
2013: Syria in the Context of the Arab Spring, organised by the Trade Unions and grassroots social movements and the Syrian National Coalition, London (15 Dec)