2022 Yaz Araştırma Programı

Political Science and International Relations | Summer Research Program 2022

Summer Research Program aims to foster students’ research skills through participating in research projects of faculty members.

The program is not part of the regular summer school of Boğaziçi University and there will be no grade or credit gained by participating in this program. Enrolment is free. The students are responsible for their own accommodation, transportation expenses and health insurance. The dates indicated below may be flexible and you may arrange both the location of work and timing with the Project Coordinator.

To Apply: Please email a cv, an unofficial transcript and a cover letter indicating your motivation to participate in the particular project to the Project coordinator (emails provided for each project).

Deadline: Friday, June 24th, 2022

You can apply to a maximum of two projects and can participate only in one project at a time. If offered a place in both, please select one and inform the coordinators of your decision.

For further questions about the program or application procedure, you can contact Gül Çatır. For specific questions about the projects, please contact the Project Coordinator.



Project information


Project 1: The Black Lives Matter & Me Too movements on social media

Faculty member: Basak TARAKTAS (basak.taraktas@boun.edu.tr)

Description: data coding, literature review.

Prerequisites: A GPA of at least 3.00, a good command of English, no coding experience required

Number of students: 20

Dates: 30.06.2022 - 15.09.2022 


Project 2: Territorial Dispute and International Courts

Project Description: The project explores under which conditions states agree to take their territorial disputes to international courts such as the International Court of Justice.

Faculty Member: Yeon Kyung (Grace) Park (yeon.park@boun.edu.tr)

Job Description:

1) collect data on which territorial dispute cases end up in international courts (primary) as opposed to bilateral negotiations

2) trace compliance record (secondary; if time allows)

Requirements: Experience in data collecting

Dates: 30.06.2022 - 15.09.2022 

Number of Researchers: 2


Project 3: Constructive dialogues: retracing the childbirth narrative in international human rights platforms

Project description: An analysis of the practice of the UN human rights treaty bodies (views, concluding observations, general comments, summaries of constructive dialogues, summaries of general discussion days, state reports, shadow reports) on childbirth narrative(s) (re)produced by various stakeholders: i.e. states, human rights treaty bodies, civil society organisations.

Faculty member: Fleur van Leeuwen (FC_van_Leeuwen@hotmail.com)

Requirements: Affinity with human rights; GPA 3 or above; 3rd year or higher

Job description: Data collecting and coding from UN Human Rights databases.

Dates: 01.07.2022 – 01.09.2022

Number of researchers: 5


Project 4: Judges, victims and experts: situating knowledge in international human rights adjudication

Project description: Literature review of critical (legal) scholarship (feminist, postcolonial and Marxist) on ‘knowledge’ in judicial proceedings.

Faculty member: Fleur van Leeuwen (FC_van_Leeuwen@hotmail.com)

Requirements: Affinity with critical theory; GPA 3 or above; 3rd year or above

Job description: Literature review, preparing synopses & bibliographies

Dates: 01.07.2022 – 01.09.2022

Number of researchers: 2


Project 5: Environmental Social Movements: Drivers of Success and Failure

Project description: The project explores the conditions for the success and failure of environmental social movements in Turkey.

Faculty member: Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu and Beyza Sarıkoç (beyzasarikoc@gmail.com)

Requirements: Experience in data collecting

Job description: Data collection: media search

Dates: 30.06.2022 – 30.07.2022

Number of researchers: 2


Project 6: A political ecology approach in evaluating the development agenda: The cases of Ghana and Kenya

Project Description: The project explores growth-led developmental projects in Ghana and Kenya with the aim of analysing their implications in generating or aggravating social and environmental injustices. In analyzing these projects, the project will assess the extent to which the mainstream development agenda focuses on environmental and social sustainability in the pursuit for economic sustainability.

Faculty Member: Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu (kadirbeyoglu@gmail.com)  and Valentine Masika

Job Description:

1) Literature search on ecological distribution conflicts in Kenya and Ghana

2) Preparing synopses & bibliographies.

3) Literature review

Requirements: Experience in data collecting, interest in environmental issues and political ecology

Dates: 01.07.2022 - 15.09.2022

Number of researchers: 5


Project 7: Collaborative teaching techniques and applications 

Project description: We will review collaborative teaching techniques and work on finding creative texts and assignments.

Faculty member: Zeynep Kadirbeyoglu (kadirbeyoglu@gmail.com)

Requirements: 3rd year or above

Job description: Finding contemporary texts and designing creative assignments to assign for intro course.

Dates: 01.07.2022 – 01.09.2022

Number of researchers: 2


Project 8: Political Economy of Financial regulation reforms

Project description:

Faculty member: Zeynep Kadirbeyoglu (kadirbeyoglu@gmail.com)

Requirements: 3rd year or above and interest in political economy

Job description: Literature review and annotated bibliography.

Dates: 01.07.2022 – 01.09.2022

Number of researchers: 2


Project 9:  Protests during Authoritarian Transformation (2007-2022)

Project Description: This project seeks to construct a data set of protest events in Turkey that were reported in selected newspapers from 2007 to 2022.

Faculty Member: Mert Arslanalp (mert.arslanalp@boun.edu.tr)

Requirements: 3rd year or above; completion of an elective course taught by Mert Arslanalp with a grade BB or above.

Job Description: Collecting and coding protest data from the online 

archives of a newspaper (no special computers skills necessary)

Dates: 27.06.2022- 15.09.2022

Number of Researchers: 4