Koç University, Rumeli Feneri Yolu CASE Z-05 Sarıyer Istanbul 34450 Turkey

Birce Altıok

MiReKoc Coordinator, Koç University


Birce Altıok is the coordinator and post-doctoral researcher at Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc). She completed her doctoral research in Political Science and International Relations at Koç University in 2021. In her doctoral study, she examined forced migrant groups’ access to the realm of activism practices in Turkey and Greece in the post-2010 period. She received the 2022 APSA Migration & Citizenship Section Best Dissertation Prize for “Refugee Activism and State Policies in Comparative Perspective: Contentious Voices from Greece and Turkey.” Previously, she obtained her MA in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University (2011) and BS in Global and International Affairs from Binghamton (SUNY) and Boğaziçi University (2010). She has previously involved in various research projects funded by TÜBİTAK, Erasmus+, Cost Action, Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe. She is currently affiliated as a post-doc researcher in the H2020 project titled “Key Inclusive Development Strategies for LifeLongLearning” (2020-2023), and a project researcher at the Tübitak-funded project “Foreign Students in Turkish Higher Education: Structure, Institution and Actor Interactions in Policy-Making Processes” (2022-2024). She previously worked on collecting data as one of the country members of the Cost Action titled “International Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities’ Survey Data Network” (2017-2021). She has publications on foreign policy, social cohesion, and civil society. Her research interests include forced migration, refugee activism, migrant education, higher education, and state migration policies.