Dr. Hülya Kendir is a Philipp Schwartz Initiative fellow, Alexander Humboldt Foundation, at the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), University of Kassel. She received her bachelor's degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Public Administration, and her M.A. degree and Ph.D. degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Ankara University (in Turkey). In 2010, she spent six months in the Department of Political Science at York University-Canada as a post-doctoral researcher. She worked as a research and teaching assistant at Akdeniz University and Ankara University, and as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Kocaeli University between 1997-2016. She has taught graduate and post-graduate courses in comparative politics, sociology, public administration, and regional development.
Because of her signature under the “Peace Petition” by the Academics for Peace Initiative in January 2016 in Turkey, she was permanently dismissed from her position at the university by a governmental decree on September 1st, 2016. She has worked in some human rights projects conducted by solidarity academies and other civil society organizations between 2016-2021. Her fields of study are globalization and restructuring of the state, local and regional policies, civil society organizations, and social movements. Recently, she has been working on the restructuring of the state focusing on the role of state-civil society relations and civil society organizations in this process.