Didem Seyis | Research Fellow
Didem Seyis is a second year PhD student in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. She completed her undergraduate studies in the same department with high distinction. She spent one semester as an Erasmus student at Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She received her Masters degree in International Relations from Koç University with a thesis elaborating on the contemporary changes in the Turkish primary education system. During her master studies, she worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at Koç University. She was also a research assistant for a TUBITAK-funded project titled Global Inequalities and Citizenship: Citizenship Practices on the Example of Individuals in Possession of American Passports in Turkey. She was the coordinator of The Turkish-Armenian Peace Initiative project executed by Koç University Social Impact Forum. In addition to her position at PS:EUROPE, she is currently working for a joint research project conducted by Boğaziçi University, Koç University and Hacettepe University named Voting Behavior of Euro-Turks and Turkey’s Parliamentary Elections 2015. Her research interests are Political Sociology, Identity Politics, Political Islam, Religious Communities, and Migration Studies. She speaks English and French. She is among founding members of PS:EUROPE.
Gülçin Karabağ | Research Fellow
She majored in Political Science and International Relations as an undergraduate at Yıldız Technical University. She was at Germany-University of Bonn for Erasmus programme at fall semester of 2008-2009. She served as a research assistant in Inter-national Relations at University of Tunceli between 2012 and 2014. She took part as a researcher in a Tübitak 1001 project, which is titled “Political Party Organizations and Youth Sections in Turkey”. She has been studying for MA degree in the department of Political Science and International Relations at Yıldız Technical University. The title of her master thesis is “TÖB-DER, The Association of All Teachers Unity and Solidarity and Left Politics”. She works as a research assistant at Yıldız Technical University. Her academical research interests are: Relations between labour and capital at neoliberal capitalist era, the history of left politics in Turkey, political sociology, women labour, borderlands studies, the Middle East and Kurdish studies.
Tuğçe Erçetin | Research Fellow
Third year PhD student in Political Science Istanbul Bilgi University. She received her Masters degree in Political Science from University of Essex with a thesis examining the Perceptions of Armenian People in Turkey. Also, she completed her second Masters Degree in International Relations department with a thesis focusing on Analysis of Turkish Nationalist Poemswhich are Written by Ordinary People During the Cold War. She completed her undergraduate studies in the same department at Kadir Has University completing high honour award In addition to her research fellow position at PS: Europe She is also currently working as a project assistant in Bilgi University project related with Otherization. She was author for the website of Posta Newspaper collecting real stories from minority groups and writing about political agenda of Turkey. Her research interests are: Populism, Conflict and Peace, Identity Politics, Political Psychology, Nationalism and Minority Studies. She speaks English and Turkish (native language).
Ferda Fahrioğlu Akın | Research Fellow
Ferda Fahrioğlu Akın, graduated from International Relations department of Uludağ University, Bursa, Turkey in 2010. She spent two semesters as an Erasmus student at Wroclaw University, Poland, in 2008-2009. She received her Masters degree from Hacettepe University, Ankara, with her thesis ‘Applying Human Needs Theory to Turkey’s Kurdish Question in the context of Identity and Security’. She is currently a PhD candidate at Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul, and she is searching about ‘Religious Groups Roles at Conflict Resolution: Bitlis Case’. She has worked as a research assistant in International Relations department of Bitlis Eren University since 2010; during that time she temporary worked as research assistant at Hacettepe University(2011-2013) and Yildiz Technical University(2013-2016). Her academical research interests include conflict resolution, peace studies, Kurdish question, gender studies, religious sociology.
Pınar Bilgiç | Research Fellow
Pınar Bilgiç completed her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Gazi University, Faculty of Architecture in 2010. After her graduation, she worked as project architect and project coordinator architect in the private sector for two years. Following that, she worked as a civil servant supervisor architect at the Municipality of Yenimahalle-Ankara, Directorate of Zoning and Urbanization for another two years. Her experience in the public sector has expanded her perspective on architecture and included city and urban governance in her research interests. In 2014, she suspended her master’s studies at Middle East Technical University’s Building Sciences chair upon receiving approval and scholarship from European Commission-financed double-degree master’s program Mundus Urbano-International Cooperation in Sustainable Urban Development and completed the program in 2016. The majority of the works she conducted both at Darmstadt University of Technology (TU Darmstadt) in Germany and at Grenoble Institute of Urbanism in France (Université Grenoble Alpes-Institut d’Urbanisme Grenoble) based on urban development in Ankara and in Turkey in comparison with global examples. She has started her doctorate studies at Darmstadt University of Technology by winter 2016, in which she focuses on policies and practices towards activating spaces to meet the increasing housing need in Frankfurt Rhein-Main from a regional governance perspective. At the moment, she continues her professional and academic work in Frankfurt Rhein-Main Regional Authority (Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain).
Uğur Tabak | Research Fellow
Uğur Tabak received his B.A. degree in Law from Marmara University in 2013. Until 2016 he worked as a lawyer registered to Istanbul Bar Association und attended a master’s degree program in Human Rights Law at Istanbul Bilgi University. In 2016, he started to work as research assistant in the Faculty of Law at Gaziantep University and received his master’s degree from the same university with his thesis titled ”The Right to Free Election in Turkey’’. Uğur Tabak is currently working as research assi
Bengi Süllü | Research Fellow
She received her B.A. degree in Sociology from Bogazici University in 2014 and her M.Sc. degree in Urban Studies from the University College London in 2015, with her master’s dissertation entitled “Geographies of Children’s Play in the Context of Neoliberal Restructuring in Istanbul”. As a student, she did her internship at the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) and volunteered for NGOs aiming to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She worked on social impact analysis of a project as a sustainability consultant. She started the Ph.D. programme in Sociology at the Middle East Technical University in October 2016. Since November 2016, she works at İstasyon – TED University Center for Social Innovation as project coordinator. Her research interests include urban geography and sociology, participatory planning, sustainable development and social impact measurement.