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I am a sociologist and I work as a senior researcher at the Sociology Department of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2018.


My research broadly falls under the areas of ethnic and migration studies, sociology of education and youth sociology, with a focus on social inequalities. I am particularly interested in how ethnic, social class and gender inequalities are (re)produced or overcome applying a comparative lens. 

I started working on social inequalities during my PhD studies. My monograph “Youth Transitions among Descendants of Turkish Immigrants in Amsterdam and Strasbourg”, which is a mixed methods comparative study is published by Springer- IMISCOE series. Throughout my PhD and my post-doc projects, I have worked on understanding the social and institutional structures that avail development of forms of capital among (young) people with limited resources. I co-edited the special issue   “The Upcoming New Elite Among Children Of Immigrants” on socially mobile descendants of Turkish migrants ( with Maurice Crul, Vrije Universiteit).  I have published articles in journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies, Comparative Migration Studies and Journal of Education and Work.  Currently I am working on a book project with Louise Ryan and Michael Eve on “Revisiting Migrant Networks” and our book proposal won the Springer Book Prize. I am also active in the IMISCOE research network and I am the co-coordinator of Standing Committee on Education and Social Inequalities. 

Methodologically, I have often engaged with a variety of methods and in comparative projects. While I would define myself as a qualitative sociologist, I have also hands-on experience in survey design and advanced statistical analysis as well as in mixed-methods studies.  

Since 2018 I am working as a senior researcher in the international Becoming A Minority (BAM.eu) project where my colleagues and I study social cohesion and inter-ethnic relations in superdiverse neighborhoods in majority-minority cities. This time I am concentrating on how superdiverse neighborhoods provide a context for developing (social) capital especially for people without a migration background. 


After completing my PhD in Sociology (University of Amsterdam, 2013), I joined Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), as a postdoctoral researcher completing two research projects (ELITES and RESL.eu). As of April 2018 I work as a senior researcher in the Department of Sociology of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • H Social Sciences
  • Youth Transitions
  • Turkish Second Generation
  • Social inequalities
  • Elites
  • Educational Inequalities


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