Koç University Social Policy Center

23. KU

KU focuses on collaborative and evidence-based social policy research funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK), the European Union and various national and international organizations. Specialist research areas are: employment, citizenship, gender inequalities, disabilities, media, urban transformation, migration, Youth studies and transitions from education. KU is a research center officially recognized by Turkey’s Higher Education Council. It is a spending unit within Koç University as part of the university’s Vice Presidency of Research & Development.

Main tasks include WP4 FAMILY and WP6 MISMATCH MOVE, WP 2 DISSEMINATION, WP 11 HANDBOOK and to organising one Steering Group meeting.

Previous relevant research experience:

  • “Demographic, Social and Environmental Factors Causing Dropping Out in Primary Education” (TÜBİTAK funded research, 2011-2012)
  • “Comprehensive Evaluation on Girls’ Technical and Vocational Schools” (Education Reform Initiative funded research, 2011)
  • “Severed from Their Homeland and Livelihoods: The Internal Displacement of Kurds in Turkey As a Process of Social Exclusion,” Report for the European Commission, Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DG, 2006.

Intellectual/ Academic Disciplines: Sociology, Psychology, Economics

Key publications

Gökşen, F. et al. (2012). Comprehensive research note on girls technical and vocational colleges. Istanbul: ERI.

İçduygu, A. & Yükseker, D. (2012). Rethinking transit migration in Turkey. Population, Space & Place, special issue, in press.

Yükseker, D. & Brewer, K.T. (2011). Astray and stranded at the gates of the European Union. African transit migrants in Istanbul. New Perspectives on Turkey, 44, 129–60.

Gökşen, F. & Cemalcılar, Z. (2010). Migration as a cause of early drop-out from compulsory education: implications for community action. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 34(2), 163–75.

Gökşen, F. et al. (2006). Drop outs in Turkey’s basic education policies for monitoring and prevention. Istanbul: AÇEV, ERG, KADER and EU.

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