Bilge Yabanci holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Bath in the UK. She is currently based at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome as a visiting researcher. She also works for Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey), an independent think-tank based in London. She was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz. Her research interests cover populism and populist parties in power, illiberal governance and competitive authoritarianism.