I was trained and educated in Turkey, Netherlands, Italy, UK and the USA. My family background and my perspective on life have canalised me to embrace cosmopolitan values based on the principles of equality and justice. I am broadly interested in questioning the everyday life and exploring how the codes of ideal justice and sociocultural harmony promote peace and better life opportunities in plural societies, whereas other fragile societies embark upon a dreadful journey of social and cultural trauma in other parts of the world. I was Impact Fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland before my post at Derby.
I oversee the Master of Research Programme in Social Sciences and Humanities. I am currently Module Leader for Research Philosophy and Methodology and Introduction to Research Methods. I also lecture on Sociology of Violence as a Masterclass.
My research has been funded by a couple of prestigious fellowships. I received a research grant during my doctoral research from Sos Impresa, which is a prominent civil society organisation founded in Palermo against usury and organised crime. The University of Camerino has also recognised my research initiatives and its impact by giving Human Resource Excellence in Research Award in 2011. I was Impact Fellow in my previous job at the University of Stirling. I received a research grant from the British Academy to conduct archival research for two years in the Ottoman and Italian archives.
I have an interdisciplinary research agenda that covers the sub-fields of sociology, anthropology, history, criminology, politics, law and philosophy.
- Law, Society & Philosophy
- "Crime" and conflict in human geography
- Sociology of Gangs and Mafias
- Critical and symbolic interactionism
- Cultural Sociology/Criminology
- Crime in Comparative and Historical Studies
- Social and Political Theory
- Criminology & Criminal Justice
- Social & Cultural Anthropology
- Ottoman Empire and the Middle East
- Terrorism and Security Studies
- Human Trafficking and Undocumented Immigrants
- Crime Prevention and Civil Society
- Politics & Public Policy
- Transnational Crime
- International and Area Studies
- Crime and Society in the Ottoman Empire
- Crime and Ethnography
Additional interests and activities
My second research line aims to elucidate the determinants of social and cultural dissent. The unexpected social, political and cultural changes emerge as the driving forces of social turmoil in different societies. My research focuses on the culture of dissent as the principal concept while exploring the process of oppression and its enduring outcomes. The development of new global markets, the prevalence of neocapitalism, advances in transportation and communication, foundation of new political regimes and the quest of social, political and cultural rights have created and transformed the culture of dissent throughout modern history. Exploring diverse facets of crime, resistance, public panic, political and sociocultural changes, my research aims to scrutinise how a local and global reaction of the oppression expresses its grievances and resonates its idiosyncratic formations through a set of symbols and rituals in social, political and cultural life.