Our Ph.D. Students

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

Koray Kaplıca is a Ph.D. student in Political Science and International Relations Department at Boğaziçi University, since September 2015. Previously, he had a B.A. degree in Political Science at Bilkent University and M.A. degree in International Relations at Koç University. As TUBITAK Graduate scholarship holder, he finished master thesis titled “Explaining Advocacy Agenda: Human Rights NGOs in Turkey” in 2012, which he studied advocacy agenda structure of three human rights NGOs in Turkey. His research interests lie primarily in Comparative Politics and International Relations, specifically social movements, public policy, international political economy, and international regimes. Currently, he is working as a teaching assistant in Marmara University, and project coordinator and editor in Doğruluk Payı, which is an initiative that aims to contribute developing accountability in Turkish politics by fact-checking public statements of political actors and sharing them via internet channels.

Contact Information: koray.kaplica@boun.edu.tr

Ronay Bakan is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University. She is currently a visiting researcher at Yale University as a part of Yale Fox International Fellowship Program. Her research interests include politics of space, social movements, gender studies and Kurdish issue in Turkey and Turkish politics. Her master thesis is titled “Rethinking Urban Transformation and Contested Spaces: The Case of Diyarbakır”. In addition, during her undergraduate years she was an active member of Bogazici University Women Studies Club. From 2015 to 2018, she acted as the advisor of the club. Concurrently, she works in the journal of Feminist Approaches in Culture and Politics which is a peer-reviewed feminist journal.

Edgar Şar is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He graduated cum laude and received his B.A. degree in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University, Istanbul (2013). He spent one semester as an Erasmus student at University of Antwerp, Belgium and received his Masters degree from Boğaziçi University with his thesis “The Relationship Between Secularism and Democracy: The Case of Turkey in the 2000s”. Edgar Şar is currently working as a Research Assistant in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yıldız Technical University and as the Co-Director of Academic Affairs at Political and Social Research Institute of Europe (PS:EUROPE). In his current researches, he focuses on the meanings of secularism in the contemporary political theory, states’ approaches to religion and the recent evolution of secularism in Turkey and the Middle East. His research interests include political theory of secularism and democracy, sociology of religion, Turkish politics, and constitutional law.

Beyza Sarıkoç Yıldırım is a Ph.D student in the Department Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University. She had a B.A. degree from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University. She received her M.A. degree in Local Governments and Urban Politics at Marmara University with her thesis titled “Urban Climate Justice in the Local Climate Change Policies: The Cases of Bursa, Izmir, Nilufer and Karsiyaka”. Her research interests fall under Comparative Politics and International Relations, specifically environmental politics, climate change, local politics, social justice and climate justice. Currently, she is working as a research assistant in the Department of Local Governments at Marmara University.

Contact: beyza.sarikoc@boun.edu.tr