Cemre Canbazer

Cemre Canbazer graduated from the departments of Political Science & International Relations and Sociology at Boğaziçi University in 2016. She had the chance to study as an Anthropology affiliate at University College London within the scope of Erasmus Programme in 2014. She is still a graduate student of the M.A. programme in Social Policy at Boğaziçi University. She served as an intern at Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, Istanbul in 2015. After she graduated from her B.A. programme, she worked as a social worker in an NGO that operated in humanitarian aid in Istanbul. Her areas of interest include labour studies, active labour markets, working life, labour law practices, social inequalities, and poverty.


Ekin Ekici

Ekin Ekici graduated from the department of sociology at Middle East Technical University in 2013. She studied at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon, Portugal for a semester as an Erasmus exchange student in 2012. After graduation, she has worked in the humanitarian sector, within international non-governmental organisations and UN agencies in South East Turkey. She is currently a graduate student of the M.A. programme in Social Policy at Boğaziçi University. Her areas of interest include health policies, employment relations, and public opinion on social policy.


Oğuzhan Hışıl

Oğuzhan Hışıl received his B.A degree in 2016 from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. His B.A. thesis is concentrated on the economic and administrative effects of increasing consumption of antidepressants. His research interests are health, specifically mental health, policies, inequality, globalisation and neo-liberalism. He is currently working as a research assistant in Social Policy Forum in the field of humanitarianism and social policies.


Simla Serim

Simla Serim received her BA from Middle East Technical University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of  Sociology  and the Faculty of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning. She studied in Duisburg Essen University during the fall semester of 2014-2015 as an Erasmus Exchange student. She participated in the projects of International Labour Organization, and she did internship in an agency engaged in social projects and Türkiye İşveren Sendikaları Konfederasyonu. Now, she is a Master student in Boğaziçi University Social Policy department and her research interests are inequalities and social exclusion, gender studies and policies with regard to disadvantaged groups.


Tuğba Zeynep Şen

Tuğba Zeynep Şen received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Galatasaray University in 2019. She worked with The Association of Migration Research and Poedat during her undergraduate studies. She is currently a graduate student in the M.A. programme in Social Policy at Boğaziçi University. Her areas of interest include health policy, regulation, public-private partnerships and welfare attitudes.

Zeynep Kesici

Zeynep Kesici graduated from Notre Dame de Sion French High School in 2013. She moved to London, England to study her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and graduated with a major in Politics and a minor in History in 2017. After graduating, she has worked as an English instructor. She is currently a graduate student of the M.A. programme in Social Policy at Boğaziçi University. Her research interest encompass social policy, labour markets, employment relationships, social inequality, poverty, and gender.


Affiliated Researcher
Assist. Prof.Osman Savaşkan

Osman Savaşkan is an assistant prof. at the department of Local Governmet at Marmara University. f He received BA (2005) from Political Science and International relations at Marmara University, , and MA (2007) at the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Boğaziçi University. He earned the PhD (2015) in Modern Turkish History from Boğaziçi University, the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History with his dissertation titled "State Rescaling and the Dynamics of Government-Business Relations in two Turkish Cities.” During his PhD studies, he spent a year as a visiting scholar at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His areas of interest include political economy, state rescaling and process of decentralization reforms, urbanization in developing countries. He has articles published in  New Perspectives on Turkey and Toplum ve Bilim. He is the co-author of the book entitled New Capitalism in Turkey: The relaitonship between Politics, Religion and Business (Edward Elgar, 2014).


Affiliated Researchers'


Nihal Kayalı

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)


Elifcan Çelebi

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) 


Ayşe Alnıaçık

University of Pittsburgh 


Yasemin Taşkın Alp

UC San Diego


A. Elizabeth DeLuca

University of California