Our Ph.D. Students

Seren Selvin Korkmaz currently pursues her PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. She got her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the same department. Her research interests include comparative politics, political economy of exclusion, identity politics, urban politics, democratization and Turkish Politics. She continues her academic career in the International Relations Department of Özyeğin University as research and teaching assistant. She has also contributed to the studies and administration of various NGOs and research centers; and participated in the organization of various congress, workshops and seminars. Seren is the co-founder, vice-chair and Director of Turkey office of Political and Social Research Institute of Europe (PS:EUROPE) which is based in Austria and which aims to create a network among young academics and researchers. Seren worked as editor and author in various websites; as well as she was the Editor in Chief of Borsa Panorama Magazine which was published in Austria.

Contact information: selvin.korkmaz@gmail.com

Bünyamin Esen has a degree of BSc in Economics from Faculty of Economics of Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey. As a Jean Monnet Scholarship holder for 2012, he has finished his MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy) degree at Department of Social Policy of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK, with his dissertation titled “Managing the Welfare Reform in the case of Turkey: Europeanisation without the EU Anchor – A comparative analysis of Social Security Reform of Turkey from 2006-2012”. He has been working as a Social Security Inspector for the Social Security Institution of Republic of Turkey since 2009. His special expertise area is Turkish social security law, labour law, and occupational health and safety law. He has more than 400 published articles and opinions on social security, labour law and occupational health and safety law. He regularly writes essays and articles on social security, social policy, labour law, social security policies etc. areas to some academic and peer-reviewed journals and reference sources in Turkey, i.e., Mali Çözüm, Legal İş ve Sosyal Güvenlik Hukuku, Terazi Hukuk, Güncel Mevzuat, Yaklaşım, Müşavir, Lebib Yalkın Mevzuat, Eczacı. He regularly writes a column at www.internethaber.com and at Turkish daily Daily Sabah on welfare policies of Turkey.

Main Research Interests: Turkey’s welfare policies in the recent decade, Ak-Party’s social policies, social policy in emerging countries, comparative social policy, welfare-mix, occupational health and safety, employment accidents, occupational illnesses, labour market policies, informal employment, flexibility policies’ effects on social policy, social security systems, sustainability of welfare funds, welfare reform, social security reform, ageing and its impacts on welfare provision, family patterns, elderly and child care, healthcare reform

Contact Information: www.twitter.com/bunyaminesen

Tutku Ayhan graduated from Political Science department of Galatasaray University in 2013. As a "Bourse d'Excellence" Scholarship holder from French government, she had a MA degree in Sociology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Upon defending her thesis entitled "Femicide in Turkey: A Sociology of Policies in Combatting Violence Against Women" in 2014, she has enrolled to PhD programme at Boğaziçi University, department of Political Science and International Relations in 2015. Currently she is taking graduate courses and working as a research assistant at Social Policy Forum with Prof. Hakan Yılmaz. Her research interests include: Turkish politics, gender and politics, gender-based violence, welfare policies and women, neoliberalism, neoconservatism, globalisation and gender, masculinity studies. 


Adil Usturali, is a PhD candidate at Bogazici University Department of Political Science and International Relations. His main interest is in political theory, and he is currently working on the concept of secularism as a political principle. Before Bogazici, he received his BA degree from Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey and his MA degree from Uppsala University in Sweden. For his master’s research, he explored “Deliberative and Agonistic Theories of Democracy and their Moral Theories”, and for his doctoral dissertation he focuses on the definition of secularism as a political principle and its relationship with the concepts of political legitimacy and individual autonomy. Adil spent 2015-2016 academic year at Yale University as a Fox International Fellowship visiting scholar. His other academic interests include contemporary democratic theories and Turkish politics

Jubjana Vila has a BA degree in International Relations and a minor degree in Economics from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. In 2011, she got a scholarship and a research/teaching assistant position from Sabanci University where she completed her MA degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. The title of her MA thesis was “Kin State’s Youth, Party Membership, Ideology, and Conflict Understanding: Youth in Albania on Ethnic Albanians’ Conflicts in Kosovo and in Macedonia”. In 2013, she was granted a graduate scholarship from the Turkish Government and she was enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of Political Science and International Relations in Bogazici University. Currently, she is conducting her PhD research on the transformation of ethnic conflicts in the Balkans. The title of her PhD dissertation is “In Search of Sustainable Peace: Conflict Transformation in Kosovo and in Bosnia-Herzegovina”. Her research interests include the following areas: international relations, foreign policy, conflict studies, ethnicity and nationalism, Balkan Politics, EU foreign and security policies.

Contact Information: jubjana.vila@boun.edu.tr

Irmak Beril Çağlı is a Ph.D. student in Political Science and International Relations Program at Boğaziçi University, since September 2016. Her research interests fall under Comparative Politics and International Politics, focusing on social, economic and political development (regional disparities, global inequalities, locally–tailored and context-specific strategies, international organisations, politics and effectiveness of foreign aid). Irmak holds a M.Sc. degree in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, 2013), where she studied as a Jean Monnet Scholarship holder of the European Union (EU) under “EU Acquis Chapter 22: Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments”. Her M.Sc. dissertation was a quantitative comparative research named “Determinants of the Territorial Allocation of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Financial Supports in Regional and National Policies: a Comparison between the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) and the Ministry of Economy in Turkey”. Irmak is equipped with statistical and spatial research tools, such as ArcGIS, STATA and SPSS. Since 2014, she is working in consultancy for large scale technical assistance project tenders of the European Commission (IPA-funded) implemented in Turkey. Irmak received her first M.Sc. degree in Regional Planning from Istanbul Technical University (2012), with her M.Sc. dissertation named “Local Culture as a Tool for Development: the Case of Gastronomy Tourism in Turkey”. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Yıldız Technical University (Istanbul, 2009), during which she spent one semester at University of Catania (Italy, 2007) as an Erasmus exchange student. Irmak worked in a number of academic research projects and participated in conferences as paper-presenter or organiser.

Contact: irmakbcagli@gmail.com

Ecehan Genç Yıldız graduated from Bahcesehir University, Political Science and International Relations department as the valedictorian in 2004. She studied at London School of Economics with Chevening scholarship, granted jointly by the British Council and Turkish Educational Foundation (TEV). Upon completion of her MSc. degree in Political Sociology in 2006, Ecehan worked as an intern at worldly renowned US non-governmental organization, Freedom House in New York. She spent two academic semesters at Yale University in 2013. In addition, Ecehan had worked as a research assistant at Bahcesehir University, Political Science and International relations from 2007 to 2015. Her research interests include; Comparative Politics, Turkish Politics, Religion and Politics, as well Gender Studies. Currently, Ecehan writes her Ph. D. dissertation on Diyanet’s discourse on woman and gender issues, under the supervision of Prof. Yeşim Arat.

Contact: ehangenc@gmail.com