Ongoing Projects


Fatoş Gökşen, Deniz Yükseker, Alpay Filiztekin, Çetin Çelik, Sinem Kuz, İbrahim Öker

Project Title: STYLE (Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe) (European Union 7. Framework Programme funded project, 2014,- )

The central concept informing STYLE is based on a policy performance and learning approach to the problems of overcoming youth unemployment. Youth joblessness varies between countries and regions, as well as between different categories of young people in terms of gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. The research embraces an analysis of the consequences of these differences and examines the quality and variety of transitions for different categories of young people in Europe. In this three-year project SPM, with its research team consisting of Fatoş Gökşen, Deniz Yükseker, Alpay Filiztekin, Çetin Çelik, Sinem Kuz and  İbrahim Öker, is a partner in a consortium of 25 members. (For further details on the project see:

Özlem Altan-Olcay, Evren Balta-Paker

Project Title: Global Inequalities and Citizenship: Citizenship Practices of Turkish Citizens holding US passports (TÜBİTAK funded project, 2014- )

This project analyzes the global privileges provided by the US citizenship and the practices of obtaining US citizenship in Turkey. The research aims to uncover the ways of perceiving and experiencing citizenship in a globalizing world and the new inequalities of citizenship growing based on the perceptions and practices of holding US citizenship.


Zeynep Cemalcılar

Project Title: CUPESSE (Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship: Family Values and Youth Unemployment in Europe) (European Union 7. Framework Programme funded project, 2014,- )

The CUPESSE project is dedicated to the comparative analysis of youth unemployment in Europe. By taking issues related both to the demand and supply sides into consideration, the project aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the causes and consequences of unemployment among young people. Focusing mainly on the supply side of youth employment, the project is interested in how norms, values and social axioms and their formation and transmission within the cultural context of family organization affect youngsters’ employability. In this four-year project, KÜ-SPM is a partner in a 12-member consortium. Zeynep Cemalcılar is the principal investigator of the Koc University group. Her main focus will be on the psychological and social causes and impact of unemployment on individuals, families and the society at large. Ünal Zenginobuz will be mainly responsible in studying the economical aspects of unemployment. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı (from Koç University) and Nebi Sümer (from METU) will also act as consultants in various stages of the project. (For further details on the project see:

Azer Kılıç

Proje Title: Fertility, Public Policy, and Women in Turkey in Comparative Perspective (European Commission, Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (January 2016-January 2018)

This project aims to analyse the development and nature of the fertility policy in Turkey in the last decade under the rule by the AKP (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi – Justice and Development Party). Some of the policy measures were first introduced as a part of legislative harmonization for the country’s EU accession process, while the decline in fertility rates has not been a pressing issue for Turkey as it has been for EU countries. However, the policy programme, now famous with the slogan of “minimum three children,” was gradually developed by the AKP government against the background of its broader political agenda of cultural conservatism and economic liberalism. The project will examine the origins of the policy, the nature of policy measures and institutional change, and their gender implications.

Çetin Çelik

Project Title: School Opportunity Structure and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective, European Union 7. Framework Programme funded project, 2015- )

The strong separation of vocational education from general education mostly creates homogenous groups and causes social segregation in secondary education. This longitudinal project examines the ways in which school opportunity structures shape access to the resources needed for higher achievement for the students in vocational high school and general high school comparatively in Turkey. It investigates how working and organization of the school types, the climate and practices of schools shape students’ academic motivation and educational success.

Çetin Çelik

Proje Title: The Effects Of Social Class on Academic Achievement: Family – School Relations (TUBITAK, 2015-)

This project focuses on the reproduction of educational inequality across the generations. It aims to understand how socioeconomic background characteristics such as parental education, occupational status and income influence students’ academic achievement longitudinally in process. The project employs Bourdieusian social capital approach and aims to understand relationship between social class and educational achievement through informal parental network structure.

Azer Kılıç, İpek Göçmen

Project Title: Women’s experiences of egg freezing (oocyte cyropreservation) in Turkey  (July 2016 – February 2017)

The project focuses on women’s egg freezing experiences (oocyte cyropreservation) in Turkey. Thanks to legislative changes in 2014, it has also become possible to freeze eggs due to ageing, while it was only for disease-related reasons in the past. The project aims conducting a qualitative research on single women who are going through this medical process. The major research questions include the following: what are the motivations of the women in deciding to freeze their eggs? How are they influenced from traditional gender roles and socio-economic conditions in their decisions to postpone motherhood and to freeze eggs? How do they experience the medical process in social terms? The research project is approved by the Koç University’s Ethics Committee on Human Research.




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