I am a professor of politics at the Department of International Relations at Işık University in Istanbul. Previously, I was an international visiting fellow at the Center for Ideology and Discourse Analysis at the University of Essex (2017-2018). I completed my Phd at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, focusing on the implications of the Internet on political participation at the local level. Since my PhD studies, my research has focused on three streams: political implications of technology (particularly the Internet), critical security studies and more recently critical discourse analysis.
My research has been funded by Işık University Research Fund, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey(Tubitak) and the British Academy. Currently, I am a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellow working with Prof. Vivien Lowndes from the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the University of Birmingham. Our research focuses on local repsonses to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
I published numerous articles in journals such as Security Dialogue, South European Society and Politics, Citizenship Studies, Parliamentary Affairs and Government Information Quarterly. My most recent article (with Vivien Lowndes), published in Local Government Studies, analyses local interpretations of refugee policy in Turkey.