Berkay Ozcan is an Associate Professor of Social Policy and currently the Program Director of the undergraduate degree BSc in Social Policy and Economics. He joined the Department in September 2011. Prior to joining LSE, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University’s Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course. He has also held visiting researcher positions at Princeton University (2006); at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) of Essex University (2007) and as a Jemolo Fellow at the Nuffield College of the University of Oxford (2015). Berkay is also part of the teaching faculty in the School of Public Policy.
Berkay is a social demographer working at the intersection between family processes (divorce, marriage and fertility) and child and economic outcomes (savings, labour supply and type) to understand social stratification. Much of his work is inherently interdisciplinary, cutting across research in demography, population economics, and sociology. His published research can be found in internationally prominent journals of all three disciplines, such as Annual Review of Sociology, Proceedings of National Academy of Science (PNAS), European Journal of Population, Journal of Human Resources, Demographic Research, European Economic Review, among others. His published work has received considerable media attention and been covered frequently in newspapers such as The New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and web sites such as The Huffington Post, etc.
Berkay enjoys teaching courses at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. His main teaching is a full-year level course on ‘Welfare Analysis and Measurement’ in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme, convened by Stephen Jenkins. Berkay welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students with “quantitative” interests in areas such as inequality and mobility, family processes and family policies, fertility and labor market behaviour of migrant and native populations.