Hello! Thanks for visiting my website. I am Firat Cengiz. I am a senior lecturer in law and Marie Curie Fellow at the School of Law and Social Justice of the University of Liverpool. I am also the co-director of Liverpool Economic Governance Unit. Before joining Liverpool University, I worked as assistant professor at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. Previous to that I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University in Florence, Italy. I received a PhD in law from the University of East Anglia. I also received a masters degree in international competition law from the same university with distinction and ranking first in my cohort. During my PhD degree studies I was also a visiting researcher at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C.

I have a wide range of research interests covering different areas of European Union’s governance, including economic governance and its legitimacy, Turkey-EU relations and gender equality. As an underlying theme, I am primarily interested in citizens’ democratic engagement with policymaking and the policies’ effects on citizens’ lives and welfare. My research is essentially interdisciplinary and it cuts across the disciplines of law, political science and economics. During my PhD and masters degree studies at the University of East Anglia, I was an active member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Policy. In Tilburg, I worked as the research coordinator of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center. As a result, I have vast experiences in collaborating with economists and political scientists.

My doctoral research explored network governance in competition policy in the US and the EU. This interdisciplinary, comparative research produced a research monograph entitled ‘Antitrust Federalism in the EU and the US’, alongside several articles. Prof Herbert Hovenkamp (University of Iowa) described this book in a very positive review as ‘excellent’ and ‘significantly reaching beyond legal analysis to examine the economics of federalism’.

My research in Turkey-EU relations produced, among others, a co-edited book entitled ‘Turkey and the European Union: Facing New Challenges and Opportunities’ and a highly cited journal article that questions the very foundations of European Union’s political influence on the accession countries. I have written on this subject several popular pieces published, among others, by Open Democracy, the London School of Economics’ European Politics and Policy Blog and the Guardian. I have also given interviews to several international media organisations, including the Norwegian Aftenposten and the Canadian Toronto Star.

I was recently the lead investigator of a recent major project looking into the gender equality effects of the European Union budget. This project resulted in a report sponsored by and presented at the European Parliament. The report proposes a robust methodology for gender sensitive budgeting informed by the capabilities approach and it analyses the gender equality effects of the European Union budget in the light of this methodology.

After my doctoral research, I became interested in citizen participation to economic governance and policymaking. Many economic policies with a direct and substantial impact on citizens’ lives are increasingly made by experts in opaque networks using inaccessible and technical discourses. I am interested in the implications of network governance on democracy and strategies to make network governance more democratic. My current research project entitled ‘Anchoring the Consumer: Legitimacy and Accountability in Competition Law’ benefits from a competitive and prestigious European Union Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. This four year project asks a fundamental question: European competition law claims to protect consumer welfare but what role do consumers play, and citizens in general, play in the making of competition rules? The project investigates the roles played by citizens and institutions representing their interests (including the civil society, courts and the European Parliament) in the European Union’s competition policymaking using novel, interdisciplinary and empirical research methods including discursive content analysis of competition related debates in the European Parliament and the process tracing of the political outcomes.

I have teaching experience in various subjects in European Union governance and European Union and international competition law and policy at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My teaching is flexible and research-led and it is cultivated by my multicultural teaching experiences in different countries. In Liverpool I developed an original, interdisciplinary, research-led module in ‘Law and Economics’. This module explores markets, market failures and regulatory strategies to deal with them using law and economics models, including principal-agent models and game theory. Filling a significant gap in the law curriculum since it was first offered in 2012, the module has been extremely popular among law students, and it has attracted over a hundred students each academic year.

I enjoy very much living in Liverpool with my partner David, who is a professional photographer, our Persian cat Sooty and our Welsh terrier Frida. I fell in love with Liverpool when I first visited it for my interview at the University. It’s the place I keep closest to my heart after Istanbul, my hometown. I see Liverpool as an international metropolis in the body of a small town with lots of personality. This city has got so much to offer in terms of music and culture but it does this naturally with modesty, without boasting about it. David and I are very much into our music and we enjoy going to gigs and music festivals in Liverpool and the surrounding area. We also enjoy cooking very much and we often have friends and family around for a vegetarian feast. We are also keen runners and we ran our first ultramarathon in 2015 in Turkey’s beautiful Cappadocia. We love escaping to North Wales for a long trail run or a long walk on the beach with Frida.

View CV

Get in Touch, I would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in my research or if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Get in Touch