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Ahmet Barbak holds a PhD in Political Science and Public Administration from Ankara University, Turkey; an MBA from Gazi University, Turkey; and a Bachelors degree in Systems Engineering from the Turkish Military Academy.

He is an interdisciplinary researcher pondering the security-development nexus and implications of changing security understanding for states and international organizations. He also seeks to explain global security governance in terms of public administration paradigms, and surveys the influences of global governance on national sovereignty, public policy and organization with a particular focus on state monopoly on legitimate use of force, as well as non-statutory means of violence. His latest publication was an examination of the European Union’s structural and functional adjustment to adapt itself to international cooperation for security sector reform.

He has a special interest in employing qualitative and post-positivist methods in his research, particularly bibliometrics, content analysis, and critical discourse analysis. He utilizes MAXQDA, NVivo and SciMAT extensively in his research.

Dr. Barbak has taught public administration, security governance, and public safety administration at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Izmir Katip Celebi University (Department of Political Science), Turkey. Prior to joining academia, he served as an Army Finance Officer in the Turkish Armed Forces, where he experienced homeland security operations and took part in International Security Assistance Force (NATO/ISAF) in Afghanistan. As a practitioner, he has an accumulation of knowledge pertaining to Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES), public financial management and procurement.

Dr. Barbak speaks Turkish, English and Italian.


Academic/Professional Awards

  • Postdoctoral Research Scholarship, Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (2017-2018)
  • Most Qualified Paper, Scientific Committee Award, National Public Policy Workshop, Turkey (2015)


  • Barbak, A. and Memisoglu, Dilek. Forthcoming. “What Kind of a Public Administration Does UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Require?”, Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Journal of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. Forthcoming, “Sustainable Security”, in H. Yalcın (Ed.), UNESCO TR, 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. Forthcoming. “Changing Security Understanding, State Conceptualization and Public Administration Discipline”, in C. Ekiz, İ. Arap, V. Erat (Eds.), Quo Vadis?: Public Administration, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. 2017. “The Formation of European Union’s Security Sector Reform Policy: Structural and Functional Adjustment of Political and Administrative Authority”, Bitlis Eren University Journal of Academic Projection, 2, 51-78.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. 2017. “The Law No. 6360 and Change in Internal Security Administration at Provinces in Turkey”, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University Journal of the Graduate School of Social Sciences, 9, 231-253.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. 2017. “Security in Sustainable Development: Comparing United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with Millennium Declaration”, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University Journal of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, 4, 6-24.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. 2017. “Democratic Control of Military in Turkey: A Survey on Appointment Procedures of Military Elites”, Journal of Liberal Thinking, 22, 5-35.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. 2017. “Linking Urban Security and Regional Development: Operationalizing Security-Development Nexus within Regional Development Agencies”, European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, 1, 35-42.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. 2017. “Security-Development Nexus in Public Policy Process in Turkey: A Study on National Development Plans”, International Journal of Economic and Administrative Studies, 18, 263-288.
  • Barbak, Ahmet. 2016. “The Formation of States’ Policies of the Prevention of Terrorism Financing: Global Governance and the Effect of Financial Action Task Force”, Dokuz Eylül University Journal of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, 31, 147-177.

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