Volkan Yilmaz is an Assistant Professor of Social Policy and the Director of Social Policy Forum Research Centre at Bogazici University, Istanbul. Yilmaz took his BA degrees in Political Science & International Relations and Sociology from Bogazici University, MA degree in Modern Turkish History from Bogazici University, and PhD degree in Politics from the University of Leeds. His latest book, The Politics of Health Care Reform in Turkey, has been published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. Yilmaz’s academic interests include the politics of social policy reforms; health care policies; immigration, humanitarian assistance and social policies; disadvantaged groups and social policies.
Assoc. Prof Serra Müderrisoğlu received her Ph.D. in 1999 from Boston University, USA. Currently, she teaches at the Department of Psychology at Boğaziçi University. She has worked topics such as impact of mentoring on psycho-social development of at risk youth, cross cultural factors in psychopathology and psychotherapy, and psychoneuroimmunology. She also has published research articles and presented conference papers on child poverty and clinical psychology.
Prof. Ayşe Buğra received her Ph.D. in 1981 from the McGill University. Currently, she teaches at the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Bogazici University. Prof. Buğra has co-founded the Social Policy Forum with Prof. Cağlar Keyder and serves as the chair of the steering committee. She has worked on topics such as state-business relations, social policy and poverty, socia-policy history of Turkey, working life and labor unions, and female employment, and published various books and articles in journals such as Constellations, Development and Change, Labor Studies Journal, Journal of European Social Policy, South Atlantic Quarterly, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, New Perspectives on Turkey, and Toplum ve Bilim.
Biray Kolluoğlu has completed her undergraduate studies in Middle East Technical University in 1989, acquired her master’s degree in Sociology from Lancaster University in 1994, and her doctoral degree in Sociology from Binghamton University in 2002. Since then she is working as a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, Boğaziçi University. Kolluoğlu has spent a year in Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin as a post-doctoral fellow in 2004. Her areas of interest include urban sociology, sociology of space and memory, and historical sociology. She has written articles and edited books on social movements in Turkey, urban transformation of the early twenty-first century Istanbul, Eastern Mediterranean port cities in the nineteenth century, Izmir’s trajectory of change from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish nation-state.
Prof. Ünal Zenginobuz received his Ph.D in 1996 from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he teaches at the Economics department at Boğaziçi University. He has worked on topics such as micro-economy, public finance, competition politics, and published various articles in journals such Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Design, Journal of Public Economic theory, Turkish Studies, New Perspectives on Turkey.
Başak Akkan received her BA degree from Boğaziçi University Sociology Department, and her MS degree from London School of Economics, European Social Policy Program. She is currently working on her PhD at Utrecht University,Netherlands. Her research interests are child poverty, gender studies, care policies, social policies targeting disadvantaged groups and European Social Policy.
Dr. İpek Göçmen received a BA (2005) in Sociology from the Middle East Technical University, and a MA (2007) in Integrated Social Sciences from the Jacobs University. Göçmen earned her PhD (2011) in Political Science from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Her areas of research are political economy, comparative social policy, civil society and historical institutional theory. Her recent articles, published in the European Journal of Social Policy and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, focus on contemporary social welfare roles of religious voluntary organizations in various European countries and in Turkey.
Assist. Prof. Tolga Sınmazdemir received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the New York State University, Currently, he teaches at the Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University. He has published on topics such as ethnic conflicts and political violence, income distribution, poverty and income inequalities, and quantitative research techniques.
Assist. Prof. Yıldız Silier received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Kent at Canterbury. , Currently, she teaches at the department of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University. She has published many books and articles on topics such as social and political philosophy, freedom, socialist feminism, film and philosophy.
Dr. Z. Hande Sart completed her BA in the double major program of Guidance and Psychological Counseling and Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology at Boğaziçi University. Her master’s research focused on mathematical disability and neurospsychological deficits in children with seizure disorders. Dr. Sart completed her PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh studying the stability and change in behavior problems in preschool years. Dr. Sart teaches graduate and undergraduate sudents of counseling as well undergraduate students of teaching programs at Boğaziçi University since 2004. Her instructional focus has been in disabilities and advocacy for individuals with disabilites. Dr. Sart is the coordinator of the Disability Unit that oversees the supportive services for students with disabilities and GETEM (the Technology and Educational Laboratory for Visual Disabilities) of Boğaziçi University. Dr. Sart serves as the Member of Committee for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education at the Council of Higher Education (CHE). She worked on International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health at World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland for a period of six months. Dr. Sart’s research areas are neurodevelopmental disabilities, behavior problems and disorders in children, disability rights and inclusive counseling.
Z. Umut Turem received his PhD degree from the Institute of Law and Society, New York University in 2010. He is currently an assistant professor at the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History at Bogazici University. His research interests include neoliberalism, globalization, political economy of law and regulation as well as broader questions of law and society.
Begüm Özcan holds a BA in Sociology from Yeditepe University and an MA in Social Projects and NGO Management from Bilgi University. She has worked as a qualitative project assistant at several organizations. Since June 2014, Özcan has been a member of Amnesty Turkey, where she worked as a member in face-to-face projects. Özcan has worked a Projects Content Development Specialist at KAGİDER, the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey and now, she is currently working at Bosphorus University as a Social Policy Forum Coordinator. Her research areas are gender studies, labour studies, social projects and nongovernmental organizations.