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

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

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

Research Interests:

  • Social Movements
  • Democratization
  • Media and Politics
  • Public Policy


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

Research Interests:

  • Political Ecology
  • Climate Policy
  • Democratization, de-democratization
  • Local governance


Rabia Kutlu, graduated from Political Science and International Relations Department at Boğaziçi University in 2016. She has also completed her minor program in Economics Department at Boğaziçi University in the same year. She has spent a semester at Utrecht University in the Netherlands during her undergraduate education as an Erasmus student. She has been an active participant and volunteer in various NGOs and societies and participated many projects with the funds granted from different organizations during her BA. Her research interests include Political Economy, Poverty, Migration, and Citizenship.

Research Interests:

  • Authoritarian Institutions
  • Legislative Politics
  • Social Movements
  • Computational Social Science Methods


Edgar Şar

Research Interests:

  • Democratization, autocratization, populism
  • Secularism, religion-state-society relations
  • institutions, systems of government


Ayşe Özer

Research Interests:

  • International relations theories
  • Security studies
  • Armament strategy
  • Terrorism


Sümeyye Koca

Research Interests:

  • Political Sociology
  • Turkish Politics
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Sociology of Religion, secularism 


Bahar Özay

Research Interests:

  • Climate Policy and Sustainable Development
  • Turkish Climate Policy
  • Policy Change and Policy Making
  • Policy Entrepreneurship


Aslı Orhon

Research Interests:

  • Social Policy
  • Welfare State
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Collective Action Theory


Emir Kurmuş

Research Interests:

  • Political Sociology
  • Political Theory
  • Time, Temporality and Politics
  • Legislative Politics


Laura Kunzendorf 

Research Interests:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Liberalism
  • Populism 


Cem Deniz Kut

Research Interests:

  • Energy Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Political History


Atakan Çiftçi

Research Interests:

  • Political Parties
  • Regional/National Studies
  • Social Movements
  • Contentious Politics


Ezgi Murat

Research Interests:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Urban politics


Gül Çatır

Research Interests:

  • International Relations
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • International Migration and State Policies


Anıl Kocaoğulları

Research Interests:

  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Local governance & development
  • Hybrid and authoritarian regimes 
  • Corporate Political strategy (CPS)


Alp Kadıoğlu

Research Interests:

  • International Relations
  • Political Economy
  • Cold War Studies
  • Russian/Soviet Politics