Kerem Öge

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Dr Kerem Öge BSc, MA, PhD



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 
  • PGCert in Higher Education, April 2019 University of Wales Trinity Saint David


  • 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.
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, April 2019

My research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics. 

My research interests are Political Economy of Natural Resources, Transparency, 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.

My research focuses on International Political Economy with a particular emphasis on the resource curse and the governance of natural resources. It is often argued that well-functioning institutions can reduce patronage and corruption in resource-rich countries. In my research, I focus specifically on how transparency reforms affect the relationship between natural resources and development. My published work analyses the causes and consequences of transparency reforms in all resource-rich countries (with a special focus on Eurasia and the Middle East) using both qualitative and quantitative methods, combining comparative case studies with statistical analyses. I find that transparency reforms can often be misleading, a phenomenon I call ‘mock transparency’. My results show that governments carry out transparency reforms selectively in order to maintain and attract foreign direct investment while leaving embedded corruption networks intact. On this topic, I published refereed journal articles in Energy Policy (Impact Factor: 4.039), Resources Policy (Impact Factor: 2.695), Europe-Asia Studies (Impact Factor: 0.842), Eurasian Geography and Economics (Impact Factor: 1.104), Communist and Post-Communist Studies (Impact Factor: 0.722), and most recently in Extractive Industries and Society (Impact Factor: 1.312).

My current research focuses on a book manuscript named ‘The Transit Curse’. In this book, I am developing a new theoretical concept called ‘the transit curse’, which explores the largely ignored geopolitical dynamics of the resource curse and highlights the increased vulnerability of energy transit countries in Eurasia. On this topic, I have recently revised and resubmitted a manuscript to the journal of Geopolitics (Impact Factor: 1.852).


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