Senior Research Fellow
Analist in Strategy 2025
Other Roles: Post Doctoral Associate, SCMR, Global Studies, University of Sussex
Primary Researcher, SocLab Abkhazia
Diaspora, Return Migration, Cultural Studies.
2014 PhD. Migration Studies, Geography, Global Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.
2008 Abkhaz and Russian language prepatory school, Abkhazian State University, Sukhum, Abkhazia.
2006 MA, Eurasian Studies, Social Sciences Institute, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. MA dissertation was entitled “Life Standard in the Post-Soviet Context: The Case of the Republic of Adygeya”.
2003 BA Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
2003 Minor Studies, Statistics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
2016-present Scientific Coordinator, CSS Abkhazia
2015-present Senior Research Fellow, CSS Abkhazia
2015-present Post Doctoral Associate, SCMR, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex
2008-2014 Research Fellow, CSS Abkhazia
2013-2014 Course Convenor: Culture Across Space and Time (CAST) (V3049); Cultural Studies – School of Media, Film and Music
2010-2014 International Student Ambassador
2011-2013 Researcher at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
2011 Associated Tutor in SPRU – School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex
2012 MIREKOC Research Grant for her PhD Research
2005 TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) research grant for her MA Research
Some publications include:
- 2014 – Diaspora of Diaspora: Adyge-Abkhaz Returnees in the Ancestral Homeland
- 2008 – Israel’s Repatriation Project and Its Applicability to Abkhazia (available in Abkhazian, Turkish, Russian. A shorter version is available in English)
- 2008 – The Republic of Adygheia: Perceptions of rights, freedoms and life chances of ordinary people
- 2007 Adapazarı-Düzce Yöresi Çerkeslerinde Ad Koyma Adetleri [Name Giving Traditions Among the Circassians of Adapazarı-Düzce Region], Türk Halk Kültürünü Araştırma ve Tanıtma Vakfı Yayınları, in the book edited by Nimet Berkok-Kamil Toygar titled “Kadına Özgü” [Specific to Women].
Courses thought include:
2013-2014 Culture Across Space and Time, University of Sussex, Cultural Studies
2011 Introduction to Statistical Research Methods, University of Sussex, BMEC
2009 Studying Family Histories, Bazala Research, Republic of Abkhazia
2009 SPSS, Bazala Research, Republic of Abkhazia
2009 Training-Workshop on Field Research Methodology, Bazala Research, Republic of Abkhazia
2008 Research Methods, Foundation for Independent Expertise, Republic of Abkhazia
2005-2006 SPSS; METU, Sociology Department
2001-2002 Research Methods and SPSS: Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey; Sociology Department, PG participants
2001-2002 SPSS; METU, Ankara, Turkey; Sociology Department