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Room: MB738-A

Phone: 0121 204 3126
Email:[email protected]


I joined the Department of Sociology and Policy at Aston University in September 2015. Prior to that, I was a researcher at the University of Oxford, working at the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities within the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography

I completed my PhD in Sociology at The University of Manchester in 2011. The title of my dissertation was “Gentrification and Belonging in Istanbul”, and it explored the ways in which urban policies, gentrification, and socio-economic policies impact the class composition, housing, and patterns of belonging of different social classes. After completing my PhD, I went on to focus on the impact of urban policies on property rights of different groups in Istanbul, Turkey, in my post-doctoral research project. 
Currently I am working on two research projects: 1- The EU-funded (H2020) project ‘Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe’s Future’ (CHIEF; ). 2- Cultural Consumption and Cultural Participation among Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot Populations in the UK (BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants)

Research Interests

As a researcher, I am interested in a wide range of topics, including social and economic inequality, the relationship between social class and social-symbolic borders, gentrification and social-spatial exclusion, cultural sociology, cultural participation, sociology of youth and education, gender inequality, and migration. In my work, I use both quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, with a particular interest in ethnographic research methods and multiple correspondence analysis



  • Lecturer in Sociology, September 2015- Currently, Department of Sociology and Policy, Aston University, Birmingham-UK. 
  • Research Fellow, November 2011-December 2013, Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, Oxford-UK
  • Doctoral Researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant, September 2006-June 2011, Department of Sociology, The University of Manchester, Manchester-UK
  • Research Assistant, September 2001-December 2006, City and Regional Planning Department, Faculty of Architecture, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul-Turkey.  

Teaching Activity

I currently teach on the following courses:

  • Contested Cities (LK2034)
  • Advanced Research Methods (LK2032)
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research (LYM014) 
  • Identities and Inequalities (LK1009)
  • Social Theory for a Changing World (LK2040)
  • Community Engagement (LK3039)
  • Placement Year -(LKP100) 


  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, 2018. Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, 2011. The University of Manchester, Manchester-UK
  • M.A. in History, 2006. Bogazici University, Istanbul-Turkey
  • M.A. in Sociology 2002. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul-Turkey
  • B.A. in Sociology 1999. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul-Turkey

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in areas related to my research interests. As the postgraduate tutor for the Department of Sociology, you can contact me if you have inquiries about studying at Aston University

Ebru is currently co-supervising: 

Shanglin Xin-currently - 'LGBTQ+ Chinese employees in the UK' (Main Supervisor: Dr. Ebru Soytemel, Co-Supervisors: Prof. Elina Meliou and Prof. David Sarpong) 

Lindsey Cook- (2023) 'Negotiating Identity in China: How Individuals of Mix-Ethnic Backgrounds Experience and Construct Identity'



Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, PGCert, 2018. Subject: Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

Award Date: 3 Sept 2018

PhD, PhD in Sociology, University of Manchester

Award Date: 18 Feb 2011

MA, MA in History, Bogazici University, Istanbul

Award Date: 29 Dec 2006

MA, MA in General Sociology and Methodology, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

Award Date: 28 Jun 2002

BA, BA in Sociology, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

Award Date: 28 Jun 1999


  • HM Sociology
  • Gentrification
  • Urban Studies
  • Social and economic Inequality
  • Youth
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social class
  • Belonging
  • Social and symbolic borders
  • Mixed Methods


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