Team Member, 500 Families: Migration Histories of Turks in Europe
I started my academic studies at the Middle East Technical University where I obtained a first class degree in Urban and Regional Planning. I then worked as a researcher in two projects, a household survey on survival within low income neighbourhoods in Ankara and a poverty alleviation project conducted within the poorest urban and rural parts of five Turkish provinces: Ardahan, Artvin, Diyarbakır, İstanbul and Urfa. Subsequently, I was awarded a Jean Monnet Scholarship by the European Union to read for a Masters by Research in Urban Studies at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent, exploring the role of social networks and patron-client relationships on the lives of poor households. I then took a PhD in Urban Studies at the SSPSSR, specialising in poverty and household livelihoods. My PhD research was funded by three UK-based institutions, the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies, the Universities UK (Overseas Research Student Award Scheme) and the SSPSSR. Subsequently, I was granted an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship to develop an independent research programme on Poverty, Social Welfare and Household-Level Processes in Turkey. This was followed by an Honorary Research Fellowship at the SSPSSR. I have also worked at the School as a Lecturer in Social Policy for two years. I am currently working on a NORFACE funded survey on Turkish migration across Europe, hosted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.