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Room: MB738-A

Phone: 0121 204 3126


I joined the Department of Sociology and Policy at Aston University in September 2015. Prior to joining Aston I was at the University of Oxford (Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography ).

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

Research Interests

My research interests include: 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. I work with both quantitative/qualitative/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)
  • Understanding Social Divisions (LK1009)
  • Community Engagement (LK3039)Module Coordinator
  • Placement Year -(LKP100) Module Coordinator


  • 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.

Ebru is currently co-supervising: 

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

Shanglin Xin- 'LGBTQ+ employees in China'


Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

Award Date: 3 Sep 2018

PhD, University of Manchester

Award Date: 18 Feb 2011

MA, Bogazici University, Istanbul

Award Date: 29 Dec 2006

MA, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

Award Date: 28 Jun 2002

BA, 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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