Lutgarde Vandeput is a classical archaeologist, 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. Lutgarde specialises in the study of monumental architecture and urban development, as well as in survey archaeology. She has been on the faculty of the Universities of Leuven (Belgium) and Cologne (Germany), and has been the Director of the BIAA since 2006.
Fields of Expertise: Classical Archaeology; Ancient Roads and Routes; Cultural Heritage ManagementFurther information
Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2015. He joined the BIAA in 2014 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and was the Enemies to Allies project Research Fellow from 2015-2017. He was Research Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2017-2019 before taking up the post of Assistant Director in September 2019. His first book, Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923, compares British military occupations in Alexandria, Thessaloniki and Istanbul.
Fields of Expertise: Late Ottoman History; Early Republican History; British Empire in the Near and Middle EastFurther information
Işılay Gürsu received her PhD in Cultural Heritage Management (CHM) from IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy in 2013. Having graduated from Boğaziçi University’s Tourism Administration department, she completed her MA at Koç University’s ‘Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management’ programme. Prior to her PhD, she worked at the Istanbul Archaeological Museums Development Project for a year. She joined the BIAA in 2013 as the CHM Postdoctoral Researcher. She has worked on improving the presentation and interpretation of the ancient site of Aspendos and the ancient region of Pisidia, culminating in the Pisidia Heritage Trail, a 350km long trekking route connecting archaeological sites in the region.
Fields of Expertise: Cultural Heritage Management, Public Archaeology, Tourism Studies
Bradley Jordan is an Ancient Historian working on the Late Hellenistic eastern Mediterranean and the rise of Roman hegemony (c. third century BCE to first century CE) and employs conceptual frameworks from political science to examine local experiences of empire. Jordan completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in early 2020 and spent eighteen months at the University of Cologne working within the project “Central unity and regional identity in the Roman Empire”. He is currently working on his monograph, which analyses how imperial administrative institutions arose in the province of Asia (modern western Turkey) during the late Roman Republic, and how the instability of the imperial centre affected the development of governance.
Fields of Expertise: Late Hellenistic/Roman Asia Minor, Ancient History, Imperialism.Further information
Ender Peker specialises in climate responsive urbanism; particularly the ways in which the built environment is co-produced by technical rules, regulations and actors. Ender holds a PhD from the University of Reading. His PhD research developed an urban design approach that integrates technical knowledge regarding climate sensitivity with social knowledge generated within and by local communities. He is currently working with water management stakeholders to better understand contemporary needs in İstanbul and explore how archaeological findings from the Water in Istanbul: Rising to the Challenge? project can inform solutions to current water-related challenges in the city.
Fields of Expertise: Climate Responsive Design, Urban Design, Socio-Technical ResearchFurther information
Gizem Pilavcı is a historian of the Ottoman Empire specialising in Armenian experience in, and impact on, Ottoman society in the late modern period. She recently completed her D.Phil at the University of Oxford, where she researched the lives of the members of the largely unstudied Catholic Armenian Manas family who operated in the fields of art, diplomacy, and finance, and analyzed the social and political ramifications of the family’s Catholic identity. Her study has been able to fill in many of the extensive lacunae in the narratives of the Manas family members as well as rectify misconstrued facts about their lives and careers through rigorous archival research.
Fields of Expertise: Late Ottoman Social, Cultural, and Diplomatic History; Ottoman Imperial Portraiture; Armenian Studies; Syriac Studies
Gül Pulhan received her PhD in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology from Yale University. She excavated at many sites in Turkey, and at Tell Leilan in northern Syria. She taught at Bilkent and Bilgi Universities, and was among the founding faculty members of the Department of Archaeology and the History of Art at Koç University. As part of the Ilısu Dam Salvage projects, between 2009-19, she conducted salvage excavations on behalf of the Batman Museum at Gre Amer, a multi-period mound -now partially flooded- on the Garzan tributary of the Tigris. She worked as a co-curator in the conceptualization of the Erimtan Archaeology and Art Museum in Ankara, between 2013-15. Since 2016 she has been affiliated with the BIAA in different capacities as a member of the Council of Management, coordinator of the SARAT and SARAA projects and as an Honorary Research Fellow.
Fields of Expertise: Anatolian and Mesopotamian Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Museum Studies.
Özlem Başdoğan graduated from Ankara University Classical Archeology Department in 1998. During her university years, she participated in the Magnesia Ad Meandrum excavations in Aydın’s Söke district. In 2004, she attended Koç University, which was newly established at that time, undertaking the Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management programme. Başdoğan has been working as a project coordinator since 2014. Therefore, she is responsible for the coordination and execution of projects at all levels, including content production, budget, reporting and communication. In addition to working with professionals, she has also gained experience in collaborating with volunteers, especially since 2014.
Fields of Expertise: Anatolian Civilizations, Cultural Heritage Management
Burcu Akşahin graduated from Durham University with a B.A. in Ancient History and Archaeology in 2019 and an M.A. in Classical Archaeology in 2020. She joined the BIAA as Research Scholar in October 2021. Her primary academic interests include Hellenistic South-Western Anatolia, particularly the history and chronology of urban development in Hellenistic Lycia as perceived via material and visual culture. As part of her pre-doctoral research, she is working on compiling an overview of Hellenistic Lycian pottery. Her true passion lies in fieldwork, however, which has taken her on wild adventures around remote villages of Romania, Italy, and Turkey since 2016.
Stuart Blaylock holds a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham (1978) and a PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Swansea (2005). He came to Turkey in 1980 to work on excavations at Tille Höyük, which he directed from 1984–1990. He subsequently conducted post-excavation and museum projects and published the final report on Tille’s Iron Age levels. More recently he has co-directed rescue excavations at Gre Amer with Gül Pulhan (2009–2019) and was appointed as a BIAA Honorary Research Fellow in 2020. Stuart has also pursued a career as a consultant archaeologist and architectural historian, publishing widely in both fields.
Fields of Expertise: Near Eastern Archaeology, Pottery and Artefact Studies, Architectural History and Buildings Archaeology.
Michele Massa, who received his PhD degree from University College London in 2016, is currently an Honorary Research Fellow of the BIAA. He has previously held an assistant professorship at Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University in Turkey from 2016-2018. He has been co-director of the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project since 2016. He is also director of the From Mines to Graves: metallurgy and metal exchange in north-western Anatolia between the Late Chalcolithic and the Late Bronze Age project in Kütahya. His primary area of interest is the prehistoric and early historic Eastern Mediterranean, particularly Anatolia.
Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Study of Interaction, Landscape Archaeology, Process of Urbanization and State Formation, including warfare, long distance exchange networks, administration and elite behaviors.Further information
John McManus is a social anthropologist whose research looks at sport, migration, multiculturalism and popular culture in the Middle East, in particular Turkey and Qatar. He is the author of Inside Qatar: stories from one of the richest nations on earth (Icon Books, 2022) and Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018), awarded runner-up in the 2019 British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society book prize. John holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and is a former BIAA Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-18). His writing has appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, Financial Times and the BBC, as well as academic journals.
Fields of Expertise: Popular Culture, Contemporary Turkey, Anthropology of Sport, Diaspora Studies.Further information
Benjamin Irvine, who received his PhD degree from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2017, is currently an Honorary Research Fellow of the BIAA. He was previously the 2018-20 BIAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Benjamin 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 prehistoric Anatolia. His current research is focused on analysing human-environment interactions in prehistoric Anatolia and adjacent regions, particularly examining diachronic and regional patterns in dietary habits, subsistence practices, and agricultural strategies.
Fields of Expertise: Bioarchaeology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Stable Isotope AnalysisFurther information
Gülgün Girdivan graduated from Middle East Technical University Department of Economics in 1981. She worked as an administrative manager for an international trade company, before joining the BIAA in March 1984. She has served under four Institute directors so far. She manages the day to day running of the Institute, including accommodation, member registration, residence permit applications, accounting and other office administration duties. She also assists with the Institute’s relations with local government ministries.
Laura Paterson graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with a degree in Turkish Studies, during which she spent a year as a visiting student at Boğaziçi University. After graduating she completed a course in business administration, and worked in several administrative roles in the London offices of Turkish companies and UK companies with dealings in Turkey. She took up the role of the BIAA’s London Manager in October 2019.
Burçak Delikan commenced her role as the Institute’s Senior Librarian in September 2009. She is currently working as Resource Manager, responsible for the library archives and other collections. She received her BA and MA from the Classical Archaeology Department at Ankara University, and is currently a PhD student in the same department, working on numismatics. During her studies, she worked on the Metropolis and Limantepe excavations as well as the Ulus rescue excavations. She is currently involved in the Metropolis (Ionia), and Nicaea (İznik) Roman Theatre excavations. She is also interested in numismatics and ancient gems.
Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez is a Near Eastern Archaeologist currently pursuing a PhD on Information and Records Management at Ankara University. She holds a Masters degree in Settlement Archaeology from Middle East Technical University. She has worked on different archaeological sites in Turkey, and her skills include using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She applied these GIS skills to landscape archaeology whilst working as an archaeologist and Project Assistant at the Kerkenes Project in Yozgat and Ankara between 2000 and 2004.
Gonca Özger is an archaeologist with interests in zooarchaeology and human-animal interactions in prehistoric Anatolia. Her research interests also include digitalisation of culture heritage collections and data management in archaeology. Her current research combines traditional zooarchaeological analysis with geometric morphometric methods and focuses on animal mobility and breeding practices in the Late Bronze Age period of Anatolia. She attended Bilkent University Department of Archaeology for her BA and received her MSc from the Department of Settlement Archaeology at METU in 2021. She has worked on the Çadır Höyük Archaeological Project since 2015 and has been the Digital Repository Assistant at the BIAA since 2020.
Ilgın Deniz Can is a botanist, studying for a PhD at Hacettepe University, Ankara. She holds an MSc from the Department of Biology at Hacettepe University. She worked in the university’s herbarium of for more than three years during her BSc and MSc studies. Her studies focus on taxonomy, speciation, and phylogeography of wild crucifers in Anatolia. She is also an author of Illustrated Flora of Turkey. She joined the BIAA in 2021 as researcher for the Herbarium Digitisation Project. The only thing Ilgın loves more than being in a herbarium is to be in the field; besides Turkey, she has also participated in fieldwork in Iceland.
Barış Necdet Uğurman is a biologist, having received his BSc from Ankara University. He is currently an MSc student at Ankara University, where his research is in botany; specifically, flora field studies. He has worked in the Ankara University herbarium for two years. He participated in the Çankırı and Çorum Province Land and Wastewater Ecosystems Biodiversity Inventory and Monitoring Project, as well as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline Project Turkish Section 2017-2018 Environmental Monitoring. He joined the BIAA in 2021 as a Herbarium Assistant, where his responsibilities include listing and organising herbarium specimens, as well as assisting in preparing these for inclusion in the new Digital Repository.
Nihal Uzun began working as a part-time assistant librarian at the BIAA in September 2015. She finished her BA in Archaeology at Hacettepe University in 2011, and she studied at preparatory school at Bilkent University in 2013-2014. She received her MA in Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology Department at Adnan Menderes University, Aydın in 2019. At present, she is also studying in the Department of Cultural Heritage and Tourism at Anadolu University for a second BA. She is attending online courses and certificate programmes on Cultural Heritage. Nihal is also interested in archaeological theory and methods and has been joining archaeological excavations in Anatolia since 2008.
Orhun joined BIAA as the digital repository archivist at October 2021. He was graduated from Archaeology department at Uludağ University at 2019. He participated in Priene Excavations during his studies. Currently he is pursuing a masters degree in information management at Hacettepe University. In this department he discovers new perspectives for digital archaeology and heritage. He feels responsible for future archaeologist to access the heritage data that we have in todays archives. Therefore he learns and practices sustainable data management methods for heritage materials. He supports open and participatory approach for heritage management. He also has a special interest in street art.
Martyn Weeds 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 also works as a consultant, including for the British Council and Koç University, and serves as Honorary Secretary of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA). His main interests include history, archaeology, current affairs, world travel, martial arts and all forms of outdoor activity.
Charlotte Jordan studied an Egyptology BA and MA at the University of Liverpool, graduating in December 2018. During her MA studies, Charlotte spent two months excavating at a BIAA Research Project at Boncuklu, where her interest in Turkish archaeology and history began. Charlotte joined the BIAA as Development and Communications Assistant in 2019. Her main duties include running social media platforms, website content management, email correspondence, and supporting the BIAA’s fundraising. Charlotte is also the Engagement Manager for the Egypt Exploration Society and is Editor of the Egyptian Archaeology magazine.
Başak Bodur joined the BIAA at the beginning of April 2018 as a part-time administrative assistant. Her responsibilities include managing 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 from the Department of Geological Engineering at Middle East Technical University and an MBA from Atılım University. She is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Child Development at Hacettepe University, and works as a free-lance yoga instructor.
Eloise Jones received her BA in Ancient History in 2019, and her MA in Classical Archaeology in 2020, both from Durham University. Her main areas of academic interest include exploring links between funerary imagery and cultural identity, as well as understanding the ways in which colonial narratives have shaped our understanding of ancient cultures. She started work as a Research Assistant at the BIAA in January 2021, and whilst she initially worked remotely from London due to pandemic-related restrictions, she has since been able to relocate to Ankara, and is enjoying exploring a new country.
Mustafa Balcı has been working as a caretaker at the BIAA since March 2007. He graduated from the metalworks department of the Industrial Vocational High School at İskitler. Until his retirement in 2007, he worked in the Directorate of Construction and Technical Works at Middle East Technical University. His responsibilities involve maintaining the office and guesthouse’s fittings, including electrical & plumbing works, repairs, painting and providing support for the daily running of the office. He is also a talented barbeque chef as has been evident at many BIAA garden parties.
Keziban Çoşgun has been working as a domestic staff member 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 guesthouse are always clean. She is also highly valued and respected for the delicious cakes that she makes for special occasions at the Institute. Over the last few years, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that Keziban’s role in keeping the office and guesthouse clean and sanitary has been more important than ever, and all staff are incredibly grateful to her for helping to provide a safe working environment.
Jim Crow teaches Roman and Byzantine archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He first travelled to Turkey when he was a student at Birmingham, continuing his research at Newcastle and Sofia Universities. In the late 1970s he was based in Ankara, with a Leverhulme Studentship followed by BIAA Research Fellowship where he travelled with David French along the Euphrates and was part of the first season at Tille. He lectured at Warwick and Newcastle Universities before his current post at Edinburgh. In Turkey he has directed survey projects on the Black Sea and from 1994 in the west hinterland of Istanbul, surveying and documenting the Anastasian Wall and the Water Supply of Byzantine Constantinople.Further information
Aylin Orbaşlı trained as an architect at the Middle East Technical University, before specialising in building conservation and heritage management. She is a Reader in the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and also works as a consultant advising on the conservation and management of historic sites and settlements. She works extensively in the Balkans and the Middle East, and has undertaken assignments at a number of World Heritage Sites in the region, including Petra in Jordan. In Turkey she coordinated the management plans that supported the successful World Heritage Site nominations for Çatalhöyük and Ani, and is regularly engaged in delivering training programmes on heritage management.Further information
Warren Eastwood is a biogeographer and palaeoecologist who researches past environmental change for the last 25,000 years or so in the eastern Mediterranean region where he has worked for the past 30 years. His main specialism is elucidating natural versus human-induced vegetation change using pollen analysis (palynology) and works closely with archaeologists and historians. His research interests also include climate change and the impact of major volcanic eruptions and tephrochronology of volcanic ash layers preserved in lake and peat sediment archives. Warren is a familiar colleague to the BIAA, both as a scholar working in Turkey and serving on the BIAA Council of Management.Further information
Natalie Martin is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham focussing on the politics of Turkey and the surrounding area. Her PhD traced the process by which Turkey became a candidate of the EU between 1999 and 2004 and she has since written about the effect of increasing illiberality on Turkey’s relationship with the EU regarding its Kurdish policy and the 2015 migration crisis. Before returning to academia, Dr Martin was a BBC news producer and her most recent work has come a full circle to look at the state of news media freedom in Turkey and elsewhere.Further information
Kamran Hashemi has worked in investment banking in London for over 30 years. He has been a long-standing supporter of educational and charitable organisations serving the community at large. Kamran is a member of the Board of Arseh Sevom, an NGO promoting civil society and human rights in Iran and was previously founding member and member of the Board of Iranian Community Centre established in 1983 to offer legal advisory services to asylum seekers in London. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Science and Arts Foundation and a founding member of United4Iran-London.
Richard Bradley obtained his first degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University followed by a masters in microbiology at Birkbeck, London. He trained as a chartered accountant while working as an auditor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers before spending most of his career in the insurance industry, including various spells as a finance director or a Chief Operating Officer. Richard also holds several investment management qualifications. Richard has a longstanding interest in Mediterranean culture and is a member of the Royal Geographical Society.
Professor David Hawkins, FBA, studied classics and philosophy at University College, Oxford. In 1964 he became a research fellow at 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. From 1965 he travelled regularly to Turkey, Syria and Iraq inspecting Hieroglyphic Hittite inscriptions in museums and open-air sites. He served as Honorary Secretary of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq from 1976 to 1986, and edited its journal Iraq from 1970 to 1995. He has 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 an 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 Chairperson of the BIAA for 11 years between 2006-2017.
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 until his retirement in 1992. In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man. He later became Chairperson of the Ottoman Fund, a business established to provide mortgages for properties in Turkey. From 1995-2005 he served as Chairperson of the BIAA, and he was Chairperson of the BIAA Research Committee from 2003 until 2015.
Prof Jim Crow
Dr Aylin Orbasli
Dr Warren Eastwood
Mr Kamran Hashemi
Mr Richard Bradley
Dr Natalie Martin
Mr Ziya Meral
Prof Scott Redford
Dr Michael Talbot
Dr Tamar Hodos
Dr Delwen Samuel
Ms Mina Toksoz
Prof Scott Redford (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Dr Claire Norton
Prof Jim Crow
Dr Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal
Dr Aylin Orbaslı
Dr Tamar Hodos
Mr Anthony Sheppard (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Dr Catherine Draycott
Dr Nicholas Milner
Mr Simon Corcoran
Dr Warren Eastwood
Mr Kamran Hashemi
Prof Stephen Mitchell (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Prof Scott Redford
Prof Warren Eastwood
Prof Jim Crow
Dr Tamar Hodos (Chair)
Dr Lutgarde Vandeput
Prof Naoise Mac Sweeney
Dr Michael Talbot
Dr Ceren Lord
Dr Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal
Dr Natalie Martin