Professor Canan Balkır received her Ph.D. from the Aegean University’s (İzmir) Faculty of Economics in 1978. Professor Balkır has been the Chair of the Department of EU Studies at Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) since 2004. She is the coordinator of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at DEU and holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Economic Integration. She has been Fulbright scholar in USA, British Council scholar, and research fellow in UK. Lectured in Europe, USA and Northern Cyprus. She worked as an advisor to Minister of Economics between 1987-91, and as a consultant to private sector and Chambers of Commerce. Professor Balkır is a member of Turkish Association for European Community Studies (TUNAECS), standing committee member of Southeastern Europe of ECPR and board member of Aegean Association on European Studies  (ACED). Prof. Balkır’s research interests include Political economy of the European Union, EU-Turkey relations, migration and innovation, international retirement migration, international trade issues.