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Jan Schierkolk
Jan Schierkolk
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow

Jan Schierkolk is an educator and social entrepreneur focusing on building international and trans-cultural bridges, and on empowering especially young people to become engaged.

Before his time as IPC-Fellow, Mr. Schierkolk worked on various inclusion and education-related projects for disadvantaged beneficiaries, especially migrants and refugees; with NGOs, schools and municipalities; in Turkey, Germany, and other countries. This included youth work, promotion of participation, volunteerism and social entrepreneurship, as well as international cooperation in all of these areas.

Born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany, Mr. Schierkolk studied and worked in various countries and contexts over the past 15 years. He holds an MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, and a BA in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Passau, including short-term studies at Boğaziçi and Texas A&M universities.

Having first lived in Turkey in 2007, Mr. Schierkolk is familiar with the recent ups and downs of the country’s relationship with the EU. Today, he remains convinced that true rapprochement and win-win cooperation is difficult, but ultimately possible – if supported in principled, but unprejudiced, inclusive and bottom-up ways.


Project: “Promoting Civic Participation in EU-Turkish Municipal Cooperation”

This hands-on fellowship project deals with participatory approaches to relations between Turkey and the EU, especially Germany, and how municipalities and their international partnerships can facilitate them.

In contact with municipalities, relevant institutions and interested civil society actors from both sides, previous experiences, current needs and future potentials for meaningful and sustainable contact and exchange will be assessed and highlighted.

Current pandemic-related challenges, as well as especially young people’s needs and priorities, will receive special attention. For instance, both already seem to suggest stronger use of digital platforms and unconventional channels.

Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows

We welcome our 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding and Özge Geyik.

Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı | The "Green New Deal for Turkey" to Tackle The Climate Crisis

David Samuel Williams | How National Adaptation Plans Can Address and Consider Vulnerable Communities

Elena Dück | International Cooperation in Education: A Cornerstone of Sustainable Foreign Policy

Jan Schierkolk | Promoting Civic Participation in EU-Turkish Municipal Cooperation

Karolína Augustová | Violent Impacts of EU's Externalization Politics on Refugees' Everyday Mobility in Turkey

Michael Kaeding | Turkey’s (Enhanced) Engagement in EU Agencies: A Potential Membership Substitute Mechanism in a Differentiated European Union

Özge Geyik | Climate Change and Nutritional Sustainability: Aligning Climate Change, Food Production and Public Health Nutrition Targets

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 19 at The Seed. The event began with welcoming remarks by Yusuf Leblebici, followed by remarks from Fuat Keyman and Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit. The speech was followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding, and Özge Geyik. 

Please click here to watch the broadcast.

Please click here to watch the speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Fellow Senem Aydın-Düzgit.