Ceren Ergenc


Ceren Ergenc is an associate professor at the department of China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou. She previously held positions as assistant professor and visiting researcher at Middle East Technical University, Peking University, Renmin University and Fudan University. She holds a PhD from Boston University in political science with a particular focus on area studies. Her research interests include state-society relations in contemporary China and East Asia, urban politics, public participation, political efficacy as well as comparative methodologies in area studies and debates on global history. Her research includes both qualitative and quantitative fieldwork methodologies.
  • Qualifications

    • UK Higher Education Academy Fellow (2020)
    • PhD , Boston University (2012)
  • Experience

    • Acting Head, Department of International Relations, XJTLU - AY2017-2018
    • Chair, Asian Studies Program, Middle East Technical University - 2012-2017
    • Vice-Chair, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University - 2014-2017
  • Research interests

    • State-society relations in contemporary China and East Asia, urban politics, public participation, political efficacy, comparative methodologies in area studies and debates on global history
  • Articles

    • Ergenc, C. and Yuksekkaya, O. (2022) Institutionalizing authoritarian urbanism and the centralization of urban decision-making, Territory, Politics, Governance, DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2021.2020156
    • Ergenc, C. and Celik, O. (2021), Urban Neigbourhood Forums in Ankara as a Commoning Practice, Antipode
    • Ergenc, C. (2020), China’s Green Investment in the BRI Countries: The Case of Turkey, Middle East Institute Middle East - Asia Project (MAP), https://www.mei.edu/publications/chinas-green-investment-bri-countries-case-turkey
    • Ergenc, C. (2015), Sınıflar, Kalabalıklar ve Devlet: Hong Kong Şemsiye Hareketi’nin Düşündürdükleri (Classes, Crowds and the State: Thoughts on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement), Mulkiye Dergisi, 2015, 39 (2), 297-308
    • Ergenc, C. (2015), Can Two Ends of Asia Meet? An Overview of Contemporary Turkey-China Relations, East Asia, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 289-308
    • Ergenc, C. (2014), Political Efficacy through Deliberative Participation in Urban China: A Case Study on Public Hearings, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Vol 19 Issue 2 pp 191-213
    • Ergenc, C. (2014), Asyacılıktan Asyalılığa: Küresel tahakküm ilişkilerine meydan okuyan bir bölgesellik mümkün mü ? (From Asianism to Asianness: Is non-hegemonic regionalism possible?), Birikim, 297
    • Ergenc, C (2014), Looking at China from Turkey: A Journey to Understand Ourselves?, Turkish Review,
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Ergenc, C. (2021) (ed), ASEAN as Method: Re-centering Processes and Institutions in Contemporary Southeast Asian Regionalism, Routledge
    • Ergenc, C. and Akder, D. (2017) (ed), Rethinking the ‘International’ Theoretical and Methodological Debates (in Turkish), Heretik Press
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • Ergenc, C. (2021), Preface: The Xi Jinping Era, Modern China: All That Matters (author J. Clements), Metropolis Press (in Turkish)
    • Ergenc, C. and Altun, S. (2020), Urbanization, Spatial Segregation and Class Encounters in China in Social Relations and Political Development in China Change and Continuity in the “New Era" (ed. Wang and Pavlicevic), Routledge
    • Ergenc, C. (2020), Politics of representation and the changing meanings of rule of law in contemporary China in China and Autocracy: Political Influence and the Limits of Global Democracy (ed. M.L. Hasenkamp), I.B. Tauris
    • Ergenc, C. and Emil, S. (2019), Institutional Attitudes towards Research-Related Academic Integrity in Recently Internationalizing Higher Education Institutions: A Comparative Analysis of Chinese and Turkish HEIs in University Governance and Academic Leadership in the EU and China (ed Zhu and Kurtay), IGI-Global, Brussels
    • Ergenc, C. (2018), A Political Analysis of Middle Class-Based Social Movements: India and Turkey Compared in Past Connections, Contemporary Debates: India and Turkey, Routledge
    • Akder D, Ergenc C, Mucen B, Bodirsky K, Asal T (2017), Bir Kavram ve Yontem Olarak Baglantililik: Nedir, Nasil Calisilir? (Interconnectedness as a Concept and Method: How to Define it? How to Study it?) in Rethinking the ‘International’ Theoretical and Methodological Debates), Heretik Press
    • Ergenc, C. (2014), Cin’in Yukselisi (The Rise of China) in Uluslararasi Iliskilere Giris: Tarih, Kuram, Kavramlar ve Konular (Introduction to International Relations: History, Theory, Concepts and Issues) (ed Kardas and Balci), 2014, Küre Press
    • Ergenc, C. (2011), (Grand)Father of the Nation? Collective Memory of Sun Yat-sen in Contemporary China in Sun Yat-sen, Nanyang and the 1911 Chinese Revolution, ISEAS Publications, Singapore
  • Grants

    • 2021-2022 New School India China Institute Fellowship Project Title: The ‘Expert Turn’ in Participatory Policymaking in China
    • 2022-2024 Carnegie Endowment China—Local/Global Initiative Project Title: China’s localization in the BRI countries (w/ Derya Gocer, METU)
    • 2022-2024 Center for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS - Stiftung Mercator) (PI: Gonenc, Ünlüsoy, Fouskas, Huang) Project Title: Turkey, Asia, and the EU in a Changing Global Order
    • 2019-2023 Research Development Fund, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Project Title: Public Participation Mechanisms in China: The Impact of Institutional Design on Political Efficacy
    • 2018-2023 COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action: CA17135 - Constitution-making and deliberative democracy (co-applicant with Min Reuchamps)
    • 2016 Scientific Research Projects Grant, Middle East Technical University Project Title: The Impact of the 2012 Urban Planning Law on the City of Ankara Government Decisions: A Quantitative Analysis
    • 2015 Raoul Wallanberg Institute Human Rights Fund (co-PI with Ozlem Celik) Project Title: Right to the City in Turkey’s Neighborhood Forums
  • Telephone

    +86 512 88164949
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  • Address

    XJTLU South Campus HS 369
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park