About the institute

The core mission of the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS) is to contribute to a broad and well informed understanding of Turkey and Turkish affairs in academia, civil society, government, and the private sector in Europe as well as the rest of the world.


Our Research

SUITS is an interdisciplinary research institute that aims to produce research of the highest international quality within both the social sciences and humanities. Research at the Institute falls under the broad label Turkish studies.


Researchers at SUITS

Paul T Levin, Director

Jenny White, Professor Emerita

Seren Selvin Korkmaz, Doctoral Researcher

Imren Borsuk, Postdoctoral Researcher

Reuben Silverman, Postdoctoral Researcher

SUITS is pleased to announce we are accepting applications for fellow residencies. While we unfortunately cannot offer funding ourselves, we offer a supportive research environment and limited travel grants for conferences and/or research to young scholars whose work is funded by other institutions.

There are 2 application rounds each year. Deadlines are 1 November and 1 February with announcements coming later the same month.

Application procedure for visiting fellows

Cengiz Candar

Ahmet Gürata

Bengi Ruken Cengiz

Pinar Sayan

Erol Saglam

Åsa Eldén
Bilge Yabancı
Lorenzo d'Orsi

Berna Ekal Simsek
Asli Postaci
Shokoufeh Arvin

Bahar Baser
Ahmet Kaysili

Digdem Soyaltin

Murat Somer
Jozsef Fekete


Policy Briefs

SUITS Policy Briefs give an audience of Swedish and Nordic policymakers, EU policymakers, and a broad audience of interested readers concise overviews of key issues relating to Turkey. In these policy briefs, SUITS invites experts on Turkey to present their analyses and recommendations.

2024:2 (June)
A Summer Offensive? Explaining Turkey’s Saber-rattling on the Iraqi Border
Read the policy brief

2024:1 (January)
EU-Turkey Relations: Between Cooperation and Conflict by Sinem Adar
Read the policy brief

Turkey’s 2023 Elections: Successful Autocracy or Failure of Conventional Parties? by Murat Somer
Read online with links or SUITS Policy Brief 2023 3 Somer Turkeys 2023 Elections.pdf (361 Kb)

What should the European Union do in case of an opposition victory in Turkey?
Read online with links or as downloadable PDF  SUITS Policy Brief, Spring 2023 (259 Kb)

What can we expect from Turkey's 2023 elections? by Jenny White
Read online with links or as downloadable PDF  SUITS Policy Brief Winter 2023 (447 Kb)


Events and Seminars

Event with Idil Esser, Photo: Kimberly Parke

SUITS hosts open lectures and panel discussions throughout the year and our researchers also participate in open events hosted my numerous other institutions - in Stockholm, nationally and internationally. Please subscribe to our newsletter and like our Facebook page to keep updated on future events.

Upcoming events are listed on the calendar page

Research seminars are held throughout the academic year and are aimed at scholars working in related academic fields. Members of the public may be able to participate if space allows. Please contact Paul T. Levin paul.t.levin@suits.su.se for inquiries about Research Seminars.



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SUITS Newsletter Winter 2023 "SUITS 10th Anniversary Event"

SUITS Newsletter Spring 2023 "SUITS Policy Brief Series"

SUITS Newsletter Winter 2022 "SUITS in the news: An important moment in relations between Turkey and Sweden"

SUITS Newsletter 2022 June (1563 Kb) “Spotlight on a broad and well-informed understanding”

SUITS Newsletter 2022 January (1337 Kb) “SUITS in transition: Revitalisation, publications, opportunities and partnerships”

SUITS Newsletter 2021 May (660 Kb) “Letter from the director: Academic freedom, CEST events and our move”

SUITS Newsletter 2020 January (1299 Kb) "SUITS to expand CEST activities"

SUITS Newsletter 2019 January (728 Kb) "SUITS in our 5th year"

SUITS Newsletter 2018 July (572 Kb) "Highlights from the spring"

SUITS Newsletter 2017 December (689 Kb) "Highlights from the fall"

SUITS Newsletter 2016 2017 Spring (891 Kb) "Letter from the director on independent research"



The Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies – (SUITS) is an independent crossdisciplinary research institute within the social sciences and humanities academic fields. SUITS was established on 1 October 2012 and publicly inaugurated on March 12, 2013. The institute was first located at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, and is now affiliated with the Department of Economic History and International Relations since 2021.

The institute is managed by its Director who is appointed by the President of Stockholm University. The Director is employed full-time as a researcher, and charged with managing the institute in accordance with the decisions made by a Board consisting of four Stockholm University Professors together with a Chair.

Board Members

Jakob Hallgren, Chair
Helena Bodin, Member
Mark Rhinard, Member
Isabell Schierenbeck, Member
Jonas Tallberg, Member


Paul T. Levin, Director of SUITS
Magnus Petersson Head of Department for Economic History and International Relations


The Board meets at least once per semester and approves a budget along with an activity plan as well as the annual report.



For general inquiries:

Dr. Paul T. Levin

Visiting address:
Södra huset, Building A, Floor 2
106 91 Stockholm

Postal address:
Department of Economic History and International Relations
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

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The University press service is most effectively accessed via the press telephone number or email address below:

Press contacts:
Press telephone: +46 8 16 40 90
E-mail: press@su.se

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