Friedrich Püttmann is a researcher at Istanbul Policy Center and a PhD candidate at the European Institute of the London School of Economics (LSE). His dissertation analyzes the role of religion in host societies’ reactions to refugees in Turkey and France, employing both statistical and ethnographic methods. Friedrich's research interests center around Muslims in Europe, identity politics, and processes of integration as well as Turkey and the Balkans. His professional expertise also includes migration and foreign policy. Together with the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (TAÜ), he is working on a research project on EU-Turkey cooperation on migration financed by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).
In the past, Friedrich has worked as a political analyst at think tanks in Berlin and Ankara and did a traineeship with the Turkey Division of the EU’s diplomatic service (EEAS) in Brussels. During his studies, he spent an exchange semester at Boğazici University, Istanbul, and interned with the Turkish Foundation for Economic and Social Studies (TESEV). Friedrich holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford as well as an MSc in European Studies from LSE, where he received prizes for best dissertation and best overall performance. He was educated in Germany and France and did a one-year volunteer service in Kosovo.