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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 holds a PHD in Cultural Heritage Management from IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca (Italy).  She joined the BIAA in January 2013. She was the co-Investigator of the research project titled: "Living Amid the Ruins: Archaeological Sites as Hubs of Sustainable Development in Southwest Turkey" which was awarded by the British Academy’s Sustainable Development Programme in December 2016. She is currently involved in the SARAT (Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey) project, led by the BIAA, as the cultural heritage management researcher. see more>>

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

BIAA Post-doctoral Research Fellow 2018-20

Benjamin Irvine is a bioarchaeologist who specialises in utilising osteological and stable isotope analyses to examine the dietary habits, subsistence practices, and mobility patterns of populations in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age periods of pre-historic Anatolia. Benjamin received his PhD magna cum laude from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2017. Benjamin’s post-doctoral research examines man-environment interactions in pre-historic Anatolia through mobility studies. This research project follows on from issues addressed in his doctoral work and builds further upon a decade of working in Turkish archaeology.  See more>>

Fields of Expertise:  Bioarchaeology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Stable Isotope Analysis

BIAA Post-doctoral Research Fellow 2018-20

Dr Gizem Tongo email>>

Gizem Tongo is a historian specialising in the visual culture of the late Ottoman Empire. She holds a doctorate in Oriental Studies from St John’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Lord Dulverton Scholar and later a Barakat Postdoctoral Scholar in the Khalili Research Centre. Her doctoral thesis focused on Ottoman painting and painters during the First World War, exploring how the war was represented in the Ottoman painting of the same period, and how it in turn changed the conditions of Ottoman art production between 1914 and 1918. See more>>

Fields of Expertise: Late Ottoman art and cultural history, First World War, museum studies, history and memory.

 Honorary Research Fellows 2018-19

John McManus was the 2016-18 BIAA post-doctoral fellow. John 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 first book titled "Welcome to Hell? In search of the Real Turkish football" was published by Orion Books in 2017

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



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 
Vanessa Hymas  email >>

Vanessa has extensive experience of membership organisations and spent a rewarding 30 years, in various roles, in an international educational charity that focussed on developing IS professionals.  Her last role as Chief Executive for the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS), involved a successful merger in August 2013 with the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Since this date Vanessa took time out to pursue personal goals and further studies, along with volunteering at a local hospice, before embarking on her next challenge, in 2014, to gain some commercial business experience; working for an entrepreneur in the low-head hydro sector; Barn Energy Limited.  Vanessa kept his office running smoothly while he focussed on developing renewable energies.  During this time Vanessa also kept up-to-date with the educational sector by working as a Clerk for the Trustees of a local school; Bohunt, Liphook and learnt a great deal about the challenges teachers face in modern education.

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.

Senior Development Manager
Martyn Weeds 
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Martyn graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2004 with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology, and was awarded an MA in Contemporary History and Politics by Birkbeck College, University of London, in 2011.  He has held senior roles in several not-for-profit organisations, and before joining the BIAA in 2017 was Head of Supporter Engagement for a national charity in New Zealand.  Martyn has also worked as a consultant, including for the British Council, BBC Children in Need, Ecorys UK and the University of Leicester.  His main interests include history, archaeology, current affairs, world travel, martial arts and all forms of outdoor activity.

Ankara Office / Administrative Assistant
Başak Bodur     email >>    

Başak Bodur joined the BIAA at the beginning of April 2018 as a part-time administrative assistant. Her responsibilities include managing the bookings for the BIAA’s guesthouse, accommodation, membership, event planning and related duties, such as travel arrangements for visiting scholars and students.  She holds a BSc degree from the Department of Geological Engineering in Middle East Technical University (2000) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Atılım University (2004). She is also a part time lecturer in the Department of Child Development, Hacettepe University, and works as a free-lance yoga instructor.

Ankara Office Caretaker
Mustafa Balcı

Mustafa Balcı has been working at BIAA as a caretaker since March 2007. He graduated from the metal works department of Industrial Vocational High School at İskitler.  He had worked in the Directorate of Construction and Technical Works at METU until his retirement in 2007. His responsibilities involve maintaining the office and guesthouse’s technical works, such as electrical & plumbing works, repairs, painting and provides support for the daily running of the office. He is also a talented barbeque chef as has been evident at the BIAA’s garden parties.

Ankara Office Caretaker
Keziban Çoşgun

Keziban Çoşgun has been working as domestic staff since June 2009. She is responsible for the cleaning of the office, library and guesthouse. It is thanks to her that the institute and the hostel are always clean.  She is also highly valued and respected for the delicious cakes that she makes on Tuesdays and Fridays. These cakes are sometimes a special reason for some colleagues to visit the Institute.

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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 Catherine Draycott
Dr Nicholas Milner
Ms Shahina Farid

Development Committee

Mrs Rosamund McDougall (Chair)
Mr William Saunders 
Sir David Logan
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Ms Shahina Farid
Mr Rupert Scott

Publications Committee

Dr Tamar Hodos (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Dr Claire Norton
Ms Gina Coulthard
Ms Shahina Farid
Dr Warren Dockter
Dr Ceren Lord



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