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I have an interdisciplinary background with a PhD in Sociology (Lancaster University, UK), an MSc in Political Science and a Bachelors degree in International Relations (both in Middle East Technical University, Turkey). I am interested in examining the impacts of neoliberalization on class relations.
My PhD research explored a state-led gentrification project in Ankara focusing on the ways in which different social groups are drawn into it, and negotiate with this invitation. It demonstrated the significance of urban redevelopment in re-framing citizenship by multiple actors in different, competing ways by drawing on interviews and ethnographic observation. As part of this fellowship, I aim to build on and develop my PhD to further examine the struggles over citizenship that blur the boundaries of in- and exclusion from class remaking of the city.