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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 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 Editorial Board Member 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.

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

Recent publications

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Journal article: No common ground? Public knowledge about welfare spending in Turkey and its social divisions

Journal article: Turkish lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans persons’ perceptions of their own ageing: contesting the exclusionary care regime?

Journal article: Insurance-based disparities in breast cancer treatment pathways in a universal healthcare system: a qualitative study


Journal article: A rights-based critique of the Turkish mental healthcare reform: deinstitutionalisation without independent living? 

Journal article: Rethinking Universal Health Coverage: A qualitative study of patient organisation perspectives on the Turkish health-care system

Book chapter: A human rights critique of contemporary social policy paradigms: New behaviourism, social investment and new universalism

Book chapter: The contemporary politics of health in Turkey: Diverse actors, competing frames, and uneven policies  

Journal article: The making of a global medical tourism destination: from state-supported privatisation to state entrepreneurialism in healthcare in Turkey

Journal article: Exploring patient experiences of the internal market for healthcare provision in Turkey: publicness under pressure

Journal article: A contextual policy analysis of the cash programme in a humanitarian setting: the case of the Emergency Social Safety Net

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