The British Institute at Ankara supports, enables and encourages research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in a wide range of fields including archaeology, ancient and modern history, heritage management, social sciences and contemporary issues in public policy and political sciences.
The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) was founded in 1947 and incorporated in the 1956 cultural agreement between the Republic of Turkey and the United Kingdom. It is internationally renowned for conducting world-class research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in the humanities and social sciences. As one of the British International Research Institutes (BIRI) supported by the British Academy, the BIAA facilitates the work of UK-affiliated academics in Turkey, and promotes collaborations with scholars based in Turkey and the Black Sea region. It has offices in Ankara and London, and a dedicated staff of experts from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.
The objectives of the BIAA are:
- to enable UK scholars across the humanities and social sciences to undertake world-class original research and fieldwork focused on Turkey and the Black Sea region;
- to encourage and facilitate collaborative research with other UK institutions and with scholars and institutions in Turkey and the Black Sea region;
- to maintain a centre of research excellence in Ankara focused on the archaeology, history, contemporary studies and related subjects of Turkey.