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Academic & Research Staff 

 BIAA Director  
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput  email >> 

Lutgarde Vandeput is a classical archaeologist, who was educated at the University of Leuven in Belgium. She has done fieldwork in Turkey since she was a student. She participated in the excavations at Sagalassos and also in the Pisidia Survey Project, which she then directed between 1998 and 2012. She is currently involved in the Aspendos Archaeological Project. She is specialised in the study of monumental architecture, urban development and in survey archaeology. She was on the faculty at the Universities of Leuven (Belgium)  and Cologne (Germany). She has been the director of the BIAA since 2006. See more >>

Fields of Expertise: Classical Archaeology; Ancient Roads and Routes; Cultural Heritage Management

 Assistant Director  
Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis  email >>

Leonidas (Leo) Karakatsanis received his PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex. He joined the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) initially as a post-doctoral fellow in 2012, and in 2015 he was appointed as the new BIAA Assistant Director (2015-2018). Leonidas is the author of the research monograph: Turkish-Greek Relations.  Rapprochement, Civil Society and the Politics of Friendship. He has researched and published on issues related to the politics of identity and reconciliation, civil society, minority rights, immigration and theories of qualitative methods in social and political sciences... see more>>

Fields of Expertise: Peace & Reconciliation Politics; Politics of Identity; Contemporary Turkey; Political Anthropology

See past appointments of BIAA Directors, Assistant Directors and Council of Management >>

 Research Fellows & Scholars 

Cultural Heritage Management Research Fellow
Dr Işılay Gürsu     email >>

Işılay Gürsu works as the cultural heritage management fellow at the British Institute at Ankara and coordinates the Aspendos & Pisidia Region Project since January 2013. She recently got her PhD in the Management and Development of Cultural Heritage program from the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy with a thesis titled "The role of public in public-private partnerships: reading the cultural heritage management practices of Turkey"... see more>>

Fields of Expertise: Cultural Heritage Management, Public Archaeology, Tourism Studies

BIAA Post-doctoral Research Fellow 2016-18

John McManus is a social anthropologist specialising in the study of sport, digital media and migration in Turkey and the Turkish-speaking diaspora. John received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2016. His thesis, entitled, Playing the game: a study of transnational Turkish football fans, imaginations and the internet was funded by an Economic and Social Research council scholarship, and explores how the internet affects the generation of football fan clubs in the Turkish-speaking diaspora. He is currently working on a book exploring the history and culture of football in Turkey, to be published with Orion Books in 2017... see more>>

Fields of Expertise:  Popular Culture, Contemporary Turkey, Anthropology of Sport, Diaspora Studies

BIAA Post-doctoral Research Fellow 2017-19

Peter Cherry is a comparative literature scholar, interested in questions of and intersections between gender, race, sexuality, and national and cultural identity in twentieth and twenty-first century British and Turkish literature, film and culture. Peter holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh where his thesis, entitled British Muslim Masculinities in Transcultural Literature and Film 1985-2012, examined constructions of masculinity in literature and film by British writers and filmmakers with a Muslim cultural heritage. His post-doctoral research explores the impact of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and representations of post-Ottoman Turkish national and cultural identities in mid-twentieth century British literary and travel narratives... see more>>

Fields of Expertise: Comparative Literature, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Turkish and British Literature

 Honorary Research Fellows 2017-18

Marc HerzogDr Marc Herzog 
Dr Marc Herzog was the Assistant Director of the British Institute at Ankara from 2011 until 2015 and is now a honorary research fellow. He finished his PhD at the University of Exeter in 2011 with a thesis focused on the emergence of Muslim Democrat politics and parties and its effects on processes of party system stabilization and institutionalization in Turkey within a comparative frame. He is the co-editor of 'Turkey and the Politics of National Identity' (IB Tauris, 2014), as well as 'The Role, Position, And Agency of Cusp States in International Relations' (Routledge, 2014) focusing on international relations. See more on>>

Fields of Expertise:  Comparative Pollitcs, Turkish Party polltics, Turkish Foreign Policy, Turkey and the Caucasus

Dr Michele Massa
Michele Massa was the 2014-2015 BIAA Research Assistant and is now a honorary research fellow. He organised the 2012 BIAA workshop “Travelling across ancient Anatolia: revealing a palimpsest of road use from the Early Bronze Age to the Achaemenid period” and was in the Scientific Committee of the 2014 BIAA international conference “Pathways of communication: routes and roads in Anatolia from prehistory to Seljuk times”. He recently completed his doctoral research at University College London with a thesis on cultural transfers between Anatolia and Aegean during the Early Bronze AgeSee more on>>

Fields of Expertise:  GIS and computational archaeology, archaeological survey, archaeo-metallurgy

Dr Orlene Mcllfatrick

Orlene McIlfatrick is a ceramics specialist, graduating with a PhD in archaeology from the University of Edinburgh in 2013.  Orlene has previously worked as a specialist contractor for the National Museum of Scotland, and has taken part in excavations in Ireland, Scotland, Turkey and Bulgaria. She held the BIAA postdoctoral fellowship in 2014-15 with research project centred on the painted Iron Age pottery of sites within the Kızılırmak bend , exploring themes of continuity and interaction particularly between neighbouring sites of Çadır Höyük and Alişar Höyük.  Current collaborations include two further BIAA sponsored PXRF projects on Bronze Age metalworking, and on South West Anatolian pottery, and an Assyrian cuneiform tablet provenance project in conjunction with Brigham Young University, USA. Orlene is also involved in work with the Balkan Heritage Foundation and Field-school in Bulgaria.

Fields of Expertise & Interest:  Portable X-Ray Fluorescence analysis applications in archaeology, ceramic analysis and petrography, the derivation and use of mineral pigments in the ancient world, prehistoric craft technologies, and prehistoric West Balkan-Anatolian interactions.

Administrative Staff  

Ankara Manager
Gülgün Girdivan   email >>
Gülgün Girdivan graduated from METU, Department of Economics in 1981.  She first worked for an international trade company as an administrative manager and then joined BIAA (then Gülgün Kazan) in March 1984 and has served under four directors so far.  She manages the day to day running of the Institute, does 
accommodation, registration, residence, accounting and other office administration duties.  She also assists with government office relations.

London Manager 
Simon Bell  email >>
Simon has had a long career working in the information sector in both publishing and libraries. For seven years Simon worked at the British Library as the Head of Partnerships, Intellectual Property and Licensing. He was responsible for creating and overseeing the Library’s public-private partnerships, facilitating the digitisation of the Library’s vast collection and developing the Library’s intellectual property strategy. As the International Director of the Publishers Trade Association, he worked as an advocate for British publishing in the overseas markets, most notably in China, India, Pakistan, Turkey and the EU. He has worked in editorial positions for Oxford University Press in Hong Kong and HarperCollins publishers in London. In the late 1980s Simon lived in Istanbul working at the Istanbul Turkish-British Association. Simon is a graduate of Edinburgh University. 

Ankara Resource Manager / Librarian
Burçak Delikan 
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Burçak Delikan started her position in September 2009 as senior librarian at the British Institute at Ankara. She is now working as a resource manager, responsible for the library archives and other collections. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the classical archaeology department at Ankara University. Currently, she is a PhD student at the same department working on numismatics. She worked at the Metropolis and Limantepe excavations and also in the Ulus rescue excavations during her studies. She is currently involved in the Metropolis excavations and is planning to work in an underwater project as well.

Assistant Librarian
Nihal Uzun   email >>
Nihal Uzun started working as a part-time assistant librarian at the BIAA in September 2015. She finished her undergraduate degree in Archaeology at Hacettepe University in 2011 before starting a master’s programme in Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at Adnan Menderes University, Aydın. At the present time, she is writing her master dissertation on deer iconography during the second millennium B.C. Nihal is also interested in archaeological theory and methods and has been joining archaeological excavations since 2008 in Anatolia.

Annual Publications, Executive Editor: 
Gina Coulthard   
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Gina Coulthard has an MA from the University of Warwick in archaeology and ancient history, and has a particular interest in late antique Turkey. She was a long-term team member of the Institute-sponsored Çiftlik Project, which excavated a church and associated buildings just outside Sinop, and has worked on other archaeological projects in Turkey, the UK and Sudan. Gina has worked for the Institute since 1994 and was the London Manager until 2007 when she moved to Australia. She is currently the editor of annual publications and assists with general publication matters.

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Council of Management        


Prof. Stephen Mitchell, FBA

I first visited the BIAA in spring 1968 while an undergraduate student, and I have been closely associated with the Institute since I began my doctoral studies.  During the 1970s I took part in David French’s Asvan project, carried out my own research in Galatia (Roman Central Anatolia), and carried out work on inscriptions for the RECAM project.  In 1982 I began the Pisidian Survey, and directed field work at Pisidian Antioch, Cremna, Ariassos and in other ancient Pisidian cities until 1996, when the direction of the project passed to the BIAA’s current director Dr Lutgarde Vandeput.  Since 2004 my main research project in Turkey has been the publication of the Greek and Latin inscriptions of Ankara, in collaboration with another BIAA director, David French.  Apart from publishing detailed epigraphic and archaeological research, I have written large-scale historical  studies of the ancient world, most importantly Anatolia.  Land, Men, and Gods in Asia Minor (2 vols. 1993), and A History of the Later Roman Empire AD 284-641  (2nd edition 2015).  A Turkish translation of the latter will be published by the Turkish Historical Society in 2017. I have been a Council Member of the BIAA since the later 1970s, and have served three terms as Honorary Secretary, in 1984, from 1995 to 2000, and from 2009 to 2014.  The Chairmanship presents an exciting new challenge as the BIAA develops into a multi-disciplinary international research institute.

 Honorary Secretary 

Ms Shahina Farid

Shahina Farid was appointed Honorary Secretary at the AGM in December 2014 and has served on the Council of Management and Committees on a regular basis since 2007. Shahina is Coordinator in the Scientific Dating Team at Historic England (formerly English Heritage) having joined in 2012 after resigning from the Çatalhöyük Research Project where she had been Field Director and Project Coordinator for 17 years. She is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She has also been privileged with being nominated a Trowel Blazer, a web based community that champions pioneer female archaeologists. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a BA in Archaeology of the Near East, Shahina spent a long career as a Field Archaeologist gaining expert experience in field techniques working in the UK for the Museum of London, Passmore Edwards/Newham Museum Services and a host of commercial units. Internationally she worked in the Gulf, and in Turkey since 1985, at Tille Hoyuk and Amorium before joining the Çatalhöyük Research Project in 1995.

 Honorary Treasurer  

Mr Anthony Sheppard

Anthony was born in 1949, grew up in Bath and studied Classics at Oxford.  After completing a BLitt thesis in Roman history, he came to Turkey  in 1975/6 as Institute Research Scholar, working on the Regional Epigraphic Catalogues of Asia Minor project.  Following a short spell of teaching Ancient History and New Testament Greek at Durham, he joined what was then Post Office Telecommunications in 1980.  He enjoyed a varied career in a rapidly changing industry, with roles in product management and marketing, product portfolio strategy, commercial policy and relations with other telecommunication operators.  Since retiring early from BT in 2007, he has served in several voluntary roles, including Chairman of Claygate Parish Council (2008-10), becoming the BIAA Hon. Treasurer in December 2012.  He has spoken at the Limmud educational conference in 2009, 2010 and 2014 on topics relating to Jewish history in the Roman period.

 Council Members 

Sir David Logan see bio below>>
Dr Tamar Hodos visit institutional webpage>>
Mr Bill Park  visit institutional webpage>>
Dr Catherine Draycott visit linkein webpage>>
Dr Warren Dockter  visit personal webpage>>
Dr Othon Anastasakis  visit institutional webpage>>
Dr Katerina Dalacoura  visit institutional webpage>>
Professor Scott Redford  visit institutional webpage>>
Professor Jim Crow 
visit institutional webpage>> 
Mrs Rosamund McDougall
Professor William Hale 
visit institutional webpage>>
Dr Aylin Orbasli visit institutional webpage>> 


Honorary Posts


Professor David Hawkins, FBA, studied classics and philosophy at University College, Oxford. In 1964 he became a research fellow at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London where he taught until his retirement in 2005. In 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Since 1965 he traveled regularly to Turkey, Syria and Iraq inspecting Hieroglyphic Hittite inscriptions in museums and open-air sites. He served as the honorary secretary of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq from 1976 to 1986 and edited its journal Iraq from 1970 to 1995. He sat on the council and on the executive committees of the BIAA and has been the president of the institute since 2009. 


Sir David Logan is a retired senior diplomat who was a Turkish specialist in the Diplomatic Service, serving in the political section of the British Embassy in Ankara from 1966-1970 and as Ambassador to Turkey from 1997-2001. He was later Director of the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy at Birmingham University and Honorary Professor there, and has subsequent experience in business and other fields as a non-executive Director and consultant to a range of British, Russian and Turkish companies. He served as the chairman of the BIAA for 11 years between 2006-2017.


Sir Timothy Daunt Sir Timothy Daunt was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps in 1955 and posted to the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars.  After completing national service, he joined the diplomatic service and, after a series of postings, became Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels in 1982 and then British Ambassador to Turkey from 1986 to his retirement in 1992.   In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.  He later became chairman of the Ottoman Fund, a business established to provide mortgages for properties in Turkey.  In 1995 he became the Chairman of the BIAA until 2005 and served as the BIAA Research Committee Chair from 2003 until 2015.


Sir Matthew Farrer

Honorary Vice-President 

His Excellency Mr Abdurrahman Bilgiç


BIAA Committees  

Research Committee

Ms Shahina Farid (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis
Mr Bill Park
Dr Claire Norton
Professor Jim Crow

Finance and Personnel Commitee

Mr Anthony Sheppard (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Dr Alan Greaves
Dr Nicholas Milner
Ms Shahina Farid

Development Committee

Mr William Saunders (Chair)
Mrs Rosamund McDougall (Vice-Chair)

Sir David Logan
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Mr Ilhan Nebioglu
Ms Shahina Farid
Mr Rupert Scott

Publications Committee

Dr Tamar Hodos (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Professor Roger Matthews
Dr Claire Norton
Ms Gina Coulthard
Ms Shahina Farid
Dr Warren Dockter

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