Dr Zeynep Engin
Zeynep is the Executive Director of the LCSS and an interdisciplinary researcher. Her main research interests include statistical modelling, complexity theory and international migration. She obtained her PhD in statistical pattern recognition from Imperial College London in 2009. Prior to this, Zeynep held a visiting position at Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) as the SERP’06 Exchange Scholar of Imperial College. After completion of her PhD, Zeynep initially worked as a project manager at the LCSS, and was then appointed as a member of the Board of Directors. During her postgraduate studies in London she was actively involved in a number of community organisations tackling educational, gender, and faith issues. Her current research aims to conceptualise the social integration dynamics in multi-cultural societies through the use of complexity theory. Her research involves both qualitative and quantitative components, with a specific focus on the use of Bayesian paradigm for modelling complex social problems.
Dr Zeynep Kaya
Zeynep Kaya is a Research Fellow and Academic Coordinator at LCSS. She completed her PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics, where she undertook research on the interactions of nationalist separatist groups with the international society. Zeynep also teaches ‘International Political Theory’ and ‘States, Nations, Empires’ in the International Relations and Government departments at LSE. Her current research areas are Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East, the Kurds in the Middle East and the diaspora, and the role of political diaspora organisations in influencing regional and international politics.
Dr Sirri Demirsoy
Sirri is am Member of the Board at LCSS involved in the general coordination of the infrastructure, as well as organising seminars across platforms. He holds a PhD degree in Electronics from University of Westminster, and a BSc degree from Middle Eastern Technical University (METU), Turkey. Prior to his current affiliation with a London based technology company, he worked as a researcher at the University of Westminster for three years. Sirri also has a long experience in developing and managing projects related to UK's Turkish ethnic minority welfare and development. He voluntarily thought Maths and science modules at various weekend supplementary schools in London.
Mr Ali Cifci
Ali is a Member of the Board at LCSS and a research student at the Institute of Education, University of London. His main research interest is the strategic behaviour of students in problem solving during their mathematics education. Ali has previously participated in the establishment and administration of many civic organisations both at national and international levels. He has a first degree in Mathematics Education from Marmara University in Turkey, a Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Teaching at AUT in New Zealand, a Masters degree in the same area from King's College London, and an MPhill in Education from the University of Cambridge.
Mr Ozdemir Ahmet
Ozdemir is currently a full time project coordinator at LCSS overseeing various projects including academic roundtable discussions and interviews on topical issues, academic conferences as well as social & community research projects. He has a wide range of academic/research interests in the social sciences including the welfare state, international development, international relations as well as cultural studies. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Sociology from South Bank University before obtaining his MA in European Public Policy from King’s College London.
Dr Sibel Safi
Dr Sibel Safi (LLB, MA, LLM, Ph.D) is a senior research fellow in the field of International Law. She is an associate member at the University of East London, the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging. She has numerous journal articles focusing on gender-persecution, honour killing in Refugee Law, Cultural Identity of Immigrant Turks, Women’s Human Rights and Multiculturalism. She was involved in extensive teaching in European Union law lectures at the Academy of Sciences of Economy and author of the ‘Evaluation of Human Rights; Turkey case’, 2010. She fluently speaks English, Romanian, and Turkish.