Eda Ayaydin is a teaching fellow at the University of London Institute in Paris. She teaches at the International Politics department. Previously, she worked as an assistant professor at Bordeaux Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Bordeaux) for 3 years where she introduced “Arctic politics” classes. After completing the Arctic Studies Master program in 2017, Eda continued her doctoral studies at the University of Paris-Saclay, entitled “The Social (Re)Construction of Sovereignty in the context of Norwegian and Russian Arctic: Perceptions, Dynamics and Implementations”. Her PhD focuses on Arctic sovereignty issues and Norwegian- Russian cooperation in the region.

Eda also teaches “Arctic Governance” and “Arctic Geopolitics” courses in the Arctic Studies Master Program at the University of Paris-Saclay. She was a visiting researcher at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø (2022) and Finland's Arctic Center in Rovaniemi (2018). Her specific research interests are Arctic geopolitics, Norwegian- Russian relations and indigenous politics. She published in English, French and Turkish on Arctic geopolitics, governance and the political integration and representation of Sami people.

Eda Ayaydin has been selected as fellow of International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) for 2023-2026.


List of publications

(Co-)Edited Volumes:

  • Eda Ayaydin, Adnan Dal (eds.), Keşiflerden İklim Değişikliğine Uluslararası İlişkilerde Arktik, (The Arctic in International Relations), Istanbul, Bilgi University Press 2024.

Peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals:

  • “Les Samis en Finlande: Victimes collatérales, acteurs secondaires dans les enjeux internationaux de l’Arctique” Regards géopolitiques, Volume 7, n° 1, 2021.

Book Chapters:

  • “Neoclassical Realist Perspective on Militarization of Turkish Foreign Policy”, in The Handbook of Arms Race in the Middle East: Implications for Regional and International Security, Springer, 2023. Co-authored with Muhammed Can (forthcoming)  
  • “Evolution of Arctic exploration from national interest to multinational investment”, in Volume 2. Building Common Interests in the Arctic Ocean with Global Inclusion, ed. David A. Balton, Ole Øvretveit, Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, Oran R. Young, Springer, May 2022 
  • Miles and meters matter: Political effects on the shipping routes of measurement techniques in the Arctic”, Arctic Marine Sustainability - Arctic maritime businesses and resilience of the marine environment, ed. Eva Pongrácz, Victor Pavlov & Niko Hänninen, Springer, Dordrecht, March 2020
  • “Finnish Saami: is tourism a preservation of indigenous culture?”, Arctic Marine Sustainability - Arctic maritime businesses and resilience of the marine environment, ed. Eva Pongrácz, Victor Pavlov & Niko Hänninen, Springer, Dordrecht, March 2020. Co-authored with Samim Akgönül 

Other publications:

  • "Boundaries of the Ego vs Rational Boundaries in the Barents Sea", High North News, Op-Ed, 22 February 2024. Available here
  • "The Arctic Council, A Strengthening Descent From Pantheon to Agora", High North News, Op-Ed, 22 May 2023. Available here 
  • «Le tourisme Arctique», L'année arctique 2022, OPSA, 2022, pp. 71-79.
  • “The European Green Deal, Low Emission Targets in the EGD”, Report for the Project Erasmus Goes Green of European Commission, Project Reference Number 2020-1-FR01-KA203-080260, 2021 
  • “Le tourisme est-il un outil de préservation de la culture Sami ?”, The Conversation, January, 2020.

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