Baris joined the School of Politics and International Relations in the academic year of 2018-19. He completed his MA studies at the University of Sheffield in 2015. His MA thesis was titled 'An Analysis of European Union Foreign Policy based on the Theory of Communicative Action'. In his PhD research, Baris investigates member states preferences regarding the crisis response operations of the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). In particular, he is interested in analysing national decision-making processes regarding the temporally and geographically proximate EU and NATO operations. An underlying aim of Baris' thesis is to gauge the explanatory power of the main propositions that are used in the literature on multinational military operations, and more particularly on member state preferences regarding the EU and NATO operations.
Baris is also the Events Officer for the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Graduate Forum Committee.