Dr Celik is an esteemed honorary research associate at University College London and the founding director of the Global Center for Security Studies, a research institution based in London. He is also a part-time lecturer at various higher education institutions.
He holds a master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and a doctoral degree from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice at The State University of New Jersey. Dr Celik’s academic pursuits further include successfully completing the Advanced Security Studies Program at the Marshall Center, the European Center for Security Studies in Germany.
With an impressive twenty-five years of law enforcement experience, Dr Celik has held numerous notable positions, including serving as a UN peacekeeper in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as Deputy Counsellor for Security Affairs at the London Turkish Embassy. He has made significant contributions to several successful national and international conferences, such as the Istanbul Conference on Global Security I and II, the 2008 Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) Symposium, NATO Advanced Research Workshops in Washington, D.C., and the 2008 Peacekeeping Summit at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in New Jersey. In recognition of his outstanding work, Dr Celik has been awarded a UN Medal and received commendations at both national and international levels.
While pursuing his professional endeavours, Dr Celik has maintained a strong commitment to academia, producing numerous scholarly works. He played a key role in translating two books for the US Department of Justice (USDOJ), co-authored a textbook, co-edited two books, and published highly cited scholarly articles.
Dr Celik’s research and teaching interests primarily revolve around terrorism, national security, transnational crime, policing in post-conflict territories, peacekeeping, policing, and comparative policing. His extensive professional and academic background provides a solid foundation for his expertise in these areas.