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Taner Dogan

Journalism Department


Supervisors: Zahera Harb (First Supervisor) and Melanie Bunce (Second Supervisor)

PhD Title: Communication Strategies of the Ak Party in Turkey

Research topic

Taner’s PhD thesis focuses on the communication strategies of the AK Party in Turkey. He examines how the communication strategies, political and party messages have evolved between 2002 and 2014. The role of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership is another focal point in portraying an image leader-symbol. Political public relations, social movement theories, Americanization of elections, collective identity and post-Islamism are themes throughout his work. He applies qualitative and quantitative research methods to his thesis.

Research Interests

  • Political Communication
  • Identity
  • Social Movements
  • Islamism
  • Diaspora


After his Bachelor degree in Germany, Taner moved to London to study Global Media and Postnational Communication (MA) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London). For his MA thesis, entitled as “The Mobilization of Tahrir Square as an ’Arab Street’ and Al Jazeera’s role”, he researched both at the headquarters of Al Jazeera in Qatar and the American University of Cairo (AUC). During his stay in Egypt, he conducted in-depth interviews with journalists, activists and politician. He currently contributes to several online and print journals, and is a member of Chatham House and International Studies Association.

Public Presentations and Conference Papers

The Impact of the new geo-political dynamics on Middle Eastern societies, II. Middle Eastern Congress on Politics and Society, Sakarya University, Turkey, October 2014


  • Chatham House
  • International Studies Association