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Yasin Duman is a lecturer at the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) where he teaches modules on mental health and psychosocial support, community-based psychosocial support, and mental health and psychosocial interventions for displaced populations.

Yasin is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose main areas of specialization sit at the intersection of social and political psychology of migration and displacement, integration, identity, and peacebuilding and conflict resolution. He is also a member of the Psychosocial Wellbeing, Integration and Protection Research Cluster at the IGHD.

In addition to his role at IGHD, Yasin holds the position of Postdoc Researcher at KU Leuven, where he conducts research on the return and reintegration process of the internally displaced Êzidî (Yazidi) community in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). He has seven years of experience in humanitarian field in Turkey, Kurdistan, and Iraq. Before joining QMU in 2023, Yasin worked as a Program Officer in the Peacebuilding and Stabilization Division at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Iraq and KRI. On behalf of IOM Iraq, he also delivered an interdisciplinary module titled "Migration and Displacement from a Psychosocial Perspective" at the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH).

Yasin earned his MA degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Sabanci University, where his research focused on the emergence and evolution of Rojava Democratic Autonomy from a peacebuilding and conflict resolution perspective. He holds a BA degree in Psychology from Boğaziçi University, where his research centred on perceptions of peace and conflict resolution among Kurdish and Turkish communities in Belgium and Turkey.


  • –present
    Dr., Spectrum House


  • 2021 
    Coventry University, PhD/Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations
  • 2015 
    Sabancı University, MA/Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • 2013 
    Boğaziçi University, BA/Psychology


  • 2022
    Writing a story that will never end: Policy recommendations for Syrian asylum seekers and local community, Spectrum House
  • 2019
    Methodological Approaches in Kurdish Studies Theoretical and Practical Insights from the Field, Lexington Books
  • 2019
    Reflections on Research: Challenges and Opportunities, Lexington Books
  • 2019
    A Human-Security Approach to the Syrian ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Turkey: Assessing Third-Party Efforts, Research Handbook on Mediating International Crises
  • 2019
    I/NGOs’ assistance to Syrian refugees in Turkey: Opportunities and challenges, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
  • 2018
    Book Review: Integration of immigrants and the theory of recognition: "just integration" by Gulay Ugur Goksel, Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2018
    Can identification as Muslim increase support for reconciliation? The case of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey, International Journal of Intercultural Relations
  • 2017
    Peacebuilding in a Conflict Setting: Peace and Reconciliation Committees in De Facto Rojava Autonomy in Syria, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development
  • 2016
    Why does identity matter? A two-path model to intergroup forgiveness via in-group bias and outgroup blame, Psychological Research
  • 2016
    Rojava: Bir Demokratik Özerklik Deneyimi, İletişim Yayınları
  • 2015
    Li Rojavayê Kurdistanê Perwerdehiya bi Zimanê Kurdî û Rêveberiya Sêzimanî, Zend
  • 2014
    The Kurdish Peace Process and Presidential Elections in Turkey, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars