I was trained and educated in Turkey, Netherlands, Italy, UK, and the USA. My family background and my perspective on life have canalized me to embrace cosmopolitan values based on the principles of equality and justice. I am broadly interested in social, political, cultural, and legal issues in which human behavior, collective action, dissent and its diverse implications provide us a complex panorama and dilemma that needs to be resolved, debated, and sometimes even refuted. My research mainly explores the origins and outcomes of crime, conflict, violence, injustice, inequality, cultural shifts, political and social movements. My research agenda endeavours to be relevant to the local context and clarify complex global transformations at the same time. My research aims to bring positive changes to the communities that we live in and produce meaningful impact on the lives of people. 


I would define myself as a social and cultural critique so both my research and approach to different subjects contain strong critical perspectives and I seek to address the existing power hierarchies and its grim outcomes in different societies across time and space.


As a gay man, I support LGBTQI+ academics and provide free mentorship to early career scholars both individually and as part LGBTQA Caucus of ISA. I am also currently developing a more organised method with other colleagues to mentor and support  early career LGBTQ+ scholars more effectively in the UK and be a positive role model for our community. If you are a member of LGBTQI+ academic and seek for support or mentorship, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am particularly very happy to provide mentorship to early career scholars such as PhD fellows and postdoctoral scholars.


Senior Researcher

(tenured/permanent) University of Derby, UK, since 2016



Impact Fellow, University of Stirling  (UK) Impact Fellow (2013-2015)


My research has a strong interdisciplinary & transdisciplinary background and revolves around diverse subjects in social sciences and humanities. My main research interests primarily lie in sociology, criminology, anthropology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, politics, and socio-legal studies.


Habiliation, Associate Professorship Certificate by the Catalan Ministry of Education, Catalonia, (Document no: 0233/1355/2018) (2018)


Visiting Professor (2019-2020), School of Law, University of LUMSA, Palermo 

Visiting Professor (2018-2019), University of Palermo - Department of Culture and Society 

Visiting Academic (2011) University of Oxford - Department of Sociology 


Visiting Scholar (2011) Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Center for Law & Justice 


Royal Historical Society (Elected Fellow)

TSAS, Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (Senior Research Affiliate)

Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) (Member)

The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (Associate Researcher) 

ECPR - Standing Group on Organised Crime (Steering Committee Member)

Academics Stand against Poverty (Member)

Council for the Defence of British Universities: CDBU (Member)




University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) - ISHSS Certificate (2006)


Bilkent University (Turkey)- BA in Political Science (2007)


University of Twente (Netherlands) - MSc in Public Administration (2008)


University of Camerino (Italy) - PhD in Law, Politics and Social Sciences (2012)


I have expertise in a number of empirical methods both in qualitative and quantitative data analysis. I have comprehensive knowledge in analytical data analysis in archival research, ethnography, methods in digital humanities, content analysis, and computer programmes for both qualitative and quantitative data. I have been recently interested in expanding my knowledge in AI, machine learning, and data visualisation as well. 

Archival Research

Field Research

Digital Ethnography

Discourse Analysis

QDAMiner programme for Qualitative Data

Advanced Interview Techniques

Digital Methods in Humanities

Voyant Tools


Web Scraping

Spatial Data Analysis

Automated Text Analysis

Data Visualization

Field Experiments

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)


Bayesian Statistics

Time Series Analysis for Political and Social Sciences


Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence

Functions in R

Simulations in R

Advanced Graphics in R



Editorial Board Member of

The Sociological Review (2021 November - onwards)

Founding Editorial Board Member of

Interdisciplinary Studies of the Mediterranean (2022 - onwards)