Arzu is a research and administrative assistant for the Contemporary Turkish Studies programme, where she manages the programme's activities and assists with the European Institute's administration. Her responsibilities include organizing events, managing communications, and serving as the first point of contact for inquiries.
Arzu has a diverse academic background, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, a Master of Arts degree in "Management and Labour Psychology", and a PhD in "Labour Economics and Industrial Relations", which she earned in 2021. Her dissertation focused on the international migration of highly educated stay-at-home mothers in the United Kingdom. Before joining the European Institute, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, where she worked on the "Inclusion and Work-from-anywhere" project. She has also worked as a lecturer at Brunel University London and held various positions in higher education since 2009.
In addition to her academic achievements, Arzu has also authored a book titled "Yüksek Eğitimli Ev Hanımı Annelerin Uluslararası Göçü" (International Migration of Highly Educated Stay-at-Home Mothers), which explores the experiences of highly educated women who move to the UK to support their spouses' careers while balancing their roles as stay-at-home mothers.
In her free time, Arzu enjoys outdoor activities like walking and biking, visiting museums and the theater, and traveling. She has a keen interest in exploring historic places and hopes to visit all the National Trust sites. Watching her son grow up and discover the world around him brings her immense joy.
Arzu's passion for higher education and research, along with her experience in academia, makes her a valuable asset to the Contemporary Turkish Studies programme and the European Institute.