Dr Umut Korkut is a Reader in Politics at Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has been admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with magna cum laude at the Central European University in Budapest in 2004. He is awarded the “Doçent” title by the Turkish High Education Authority in 2009. His current research focus is broadly social policy, liberalization, religion and gender rights, migration, democratization and Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. He is a follower of discursive institutionalist and ideational approaches in research. Among many, he published in Eurasian Geography and Economics, Social Politics, Parliamentary Affairs, Nationalities Papers, Economic and Industrial Democracy, and East European Quarterly. His book entitled “Liberalization Challenges in Hungary: Elitism, Progressivism, and Populism” has been published by Palgrave in Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series in 2012. He has published an edited volume entitled "The Discourses and Politics of Migration in Europe" by Palgrave in Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series. Currently, he co-coordinates a project entitled Construction of Family, Masculinity, Femininity and Population Issues in Friday Mosque Prayers in Turkey. Dr Korkut is the co-convenor of Political Studies Association Comparative European Politics Specialist Group.