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I am a Lecturer in Social Policy at Ulster University (Belfast), within the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences. My academic journey led me to a PhD in Politics from the University of Leeds, following undergraduate studies in Political Science & International Relations and Sociology (double major) at Bogazici University. I also hold a taught postgraduate degree in Modern Turkish History, also from Bogazici University.

In addition to my role at Ulster University, I actively contribute to the field of social policy as a discipline and a research field. I currently serve as the Coordinator of the Sociology of Social Policy and Social Welfare Research Network (RN26) of the European Sociological Association. I am also taking on the role of one of the incoming Editors-in-Chief for the Journal of Social Policy and serve as an Associate Editor (in charge of Social Policy titles) for New Perspectives on Turkey. I am a member of the WHO Advisory Group on the Governance of the Private Sector for Universal Health Coverage.

My previous experiences include serving as the Director of the Social Policy Forum Research Centre in Istanbul, as well as leading the taught postgraduate program in Social Policy at Bogazici University from 2016 to 2021. I have taught various Public Policy modules as part of Dublin City University's master's program in Public Policy.

Research Interests

My research interests encompass a wide range of topics, including the politics of social policies and social welfare, public policy, comparative social policy, health policy, humanitarian assistance, and the relationship between human rights and social policy.

PhD Researcher Profile

I am interested in supervising PhD researchers who intend to work on any of these themes:

  • Explore the mechanisms and implications of private sector involvement in health policy-making and change, with a focus on Universal Health Coverage reforms and initiatives.
  • Examine the political dynamics driving social policy changes in middle-income countries, specifically focusing on the Central Asia and Caucasus region and Western Balkans.
  • Investigate the interplay between humanitarian assistance programmes and social policies (including social protection).
  • Explore the influence of the European Union on health, with a specific emphasis on the European Health Union initiative.
  • Conduct comparative studies on health policy and politics in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Current and Recent Grants





Principal investigator

European Commission & The European Consortium of Innovative Universities

Reversing inequalities and promoting solidarity in health at the European Level: Towards a research network on the European Health Union


Principal investigator

Social Policy Association, UK 

The contemporary forms of familialism in social policy: New challenges and future tasks


Principal investigator

Brocher Foundation

Towards a rights-based governance framework to achieve health system resilience: The study of power, voice and politics at multiple scales


Principal investigator

Dublin City University - Research Initiatives Fund

The European Union's health policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic


Principal investigator

British Academy

Regulatory initiatives and challenges in pluralistic healthcare systems 


Senior researcher

European Commission

H2020 Societal Challenges-

Towards a European Theory of Justice and Fairness


Principal investigator


Raoul Wallenberg Institute

Strengthening the capacity of Turkish higher education in disability studies



Principal investigator


Bogazici University Scientific Research Fund

Exploring the welfare mix for Syrian refugees in Turkey



Senior researcher

International Labour Organization

Social dialogue in employment in Turkey



Principal investigator

British Academy

A study of contesting discourses of sexual and reproductive health care policies in Turkey from a comparative perspective



Research module coordinator

State Planning Agency, Republic of Turkey

Human resource capacity building in social policy research


Senior researcher

European Commission

A comprehensive approach to the understanding of youth exclusion and the prospects for youth inclusion and overall change in the South and East Mediterranean



Principal investigator

British Institute at Ankara

Health reform and new politics of health care in Turkey



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Politics, University of Leeds

Award Date: 12 Jan 2015

Master, The History of Turkish Republic, Bogazici University

Award Date: 24 Jun 2010

Bachelor, Sociology, Bogazici University

Award Date: 27 Jun 2008

Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University

Award Date: 27 Jun 2008


  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • JA Political science (General)
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HM Sociology


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