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.