Koç University Social Policy Center
Koç University Social Policy Center (KÜ-SPM) was established in April 2010. We began our journey with the aims of developing research and applied research projects on social policy and increasing public awareness on social policy issues in Turkey.
In Turkey the field of social policies is a vast arena where citizens frequently interact with state institutions, where service exchanges and the practical use of social rights occur. Yet it is also a space in which hierarchies, contention, unmet demands and inequalities reside. In KÜ-SPM, our purpose is to increase our accumulation of scientific knowledge and experience through field research, scientific meetings, cooperative implementation projects with stakeholders and through policy analyses. We aim to strengthen the channels of communication on social policy issues between official institutions and policy-makers; advocacy, expert and other NGOs; service-receiving citizens and the academia. As social scientists interested in this field of inquiry, we value social policy-making based on scientific evidence and on the analysis of that evidence.
We can summarize what sort of research has so far been completed within our center with reference to the research topics of scholars in our executive and advisory boards:
- Types of employment, livelihood strategies, ways of dealing with economic crises in Turkey;
- Citizenship capacities in terms of distribution of income and habits of tax-paying;
- Gender inequalities, gender studies, participation of women in employment and other spheres of life;
- Youth studies, education-employment transition in young people;
- Factors influencing school access, attendance and success of children in basic education and secondary education;
- Studies on the development of pre-school children;
- Socio-economic exclusion;
- Health reform, social security reform, social services and social assistance services;
- Rights of people with disabilities and their social inclusion;
- Urban sociology and urban transformation;
- Irregular migration, refugees, internal displacement;
- Communication, media technologies, social policy studies on the protection of intellectual property rights and of privacy rights.
Our research center is always open to collaborations of knowledge production and implementation with social policy-making and policy-implementing governmental bodies, other universities, municipalities, NGOs working on social policy-related issues, EU and UN institutions and other stakeholders.
Within KÜ-SPM, located in Koç University’s Rumelifeneri Campus, there are 7 social scientists (Executive Board) and 2 researchers employed as administrative staff.
KORA- Center for Black Sea and Central Asia
KORA (Center for Black Sea and Central Asia) was established in 1992 at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. KORA is a regional research center with an emphasis on the Black Sea and Central Asian states. Since its establishment, KORA has accumulated experience in the development of research projects, organization of workshops and conferences on its region of concern.
The Center is the first Turkish coordinator of FP project in social sciences and has participated several other FP projects on European neighborhood, border security, global migration, religious-based organizations, etc.
The Center is keen on being a partner in a consortium for the call SSH.2013.5.1-2 Addressing demand in anti-trafficking efforts and policies. Our Center has conducted various international projects on human trafficking (supported UNDP, ILO, etc.), which constitutes an important problem for Turkey as a transit country.
Ms Gokten DogangunResearch Assistant
Kozminski University, located in Warsaw, Poland, founded in 1993, is a private institution of higher education with full academic rights. Kozminski University is classified in the prestigious educational rankings provided by the ‘Financial Times’ – Business School rankings, which include the best universities from around the world. Kozminski University holds three international accreditations: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.The University holds the rights to award doctoral degrees in three disciplines: management, economics and law. Morover, it has the power to authorize a higher Ph.D. degree (habilitation degree) in the discipline of management and economics.
Professor Anna Olejniczuk-Mertaprofesor
Kozminski University, located in Warsaw, Poland, founded in 1993, is a private institution of higher education with full academic rights.
Kozminski University is classified in the prestigious educational rankings provided by the ‘Financial Times’ – Business School rankings, which include the best universities from around the world. Kozminski University holds three international accreditations: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.
The University holds the rights to award doctoral degrees in three disciplines: management, economics and law. Morover, it has the power to authorize a higher Ph.D. degree (habilitation degree) in the discipline of management and economics.
Dr Grzegorz Mazurekdr
Life Supporting Technologies
Likya Teknoloji is a Software Development and IT Consultancy company based in Istanbul, Turkey. Likya Teknoloji specialized in IT workload automation and data mining. IT Automation services include solutions and consultancy for automating IT tasks and processes in various IT environments. Likya Teknoloji develops and sells an IT Job Scheduling and Workload Automation software called Tlos. Data Mining services include handlinga and processing of big data in complex business environments, business intelligence and business analytics, reporting, and design and development of data warehouses and ETL systems. R&D activities include enterprise level software design and development utilizing Java, XML, Web 2.0 and database technologies.
Liverpool Logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM)
The LOOM Research Institute within Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has 12 academic staff and 25 researchers. LOOM has developed a strong reputation for its safety, security, simulation and optimisation research of maritime system design and operation.
LOOM has completed a number of research projects supported by the UK research councils (eg. EPSRC), HSE, EU and industry. It is equipped with the UK’s only 360 degree ship simulator and a wide range of risk modelling and decision making software. For the last ten years, the Institute has received the funding of multi-million pounds to conduct its high-level research and consequently, over 100 technical papers in relevant areas have been produced. The research applications have also been facilitated by the collaboration between LOOM and many industrial and regulatory organisations including Shell and UK HSE. The institute is the coordinator of one EU Marie Curie project, the workpackage leaders of two ongoing EU projects, and grant holders of many other UK research council projects.
We are interested in collaborations with research partners in the following areas: (a) security in logistics and supply chains; (b) anti-piracy; (c) optimisation and simulation for restoring security and safety in case of crisis; (d) using virtual reality/gaming/3D simulation technologies for the development of decision support tools for Health services and (e) Improving security systems integration, interconnectivity and interoperability.
LOOM can contribute to the following:
· First main topic: Topic SEC-2013.2.4-1 Phase II demonstration programme on logistics and supply chain security.
· Second main topic: Topic SEC-2013.2.4-2 Non-military protection measures for merchant shipping against piracy – Capability Project or Coordination and Support Action (Coordinating Action).
· Third main topic: SEC-2013.4.1-3 Development of simulation models and tools for optimising the pre-deployment and deployment of resources and the supply chain in external emergency situations
· Fourth main topic: SEC-2013.4.1-4 2013.4.1-4 - Development of decision support tools for improving preparedness and response of Health Services involved in emergency situations.
· Workpackage leader/partner. We can write up a WP if assigned by the consortium leader. We can also contribute to project management.
· Contact point to UK maritime sector. Can also introduce partners (industry or academia) from UK and the Far East to the consortium should it be needed.
· Can also get access to a database of emergency situations occurred in non-EU regions, based on marine accidents reported by the IMO and Lloyds Registry, etc
LNL Technology is a high tech SME based in Ankara Turkey. LNL's main ine of business is in Smart Spaces and Machine To Machine communication. We develop technology for smart sensors, smart actuators, mobile computing and machine to machine interaction. Our main products which are commercially available are smart sensors, actuators and gateways for environmental, agricultural monitoring, smart building, smart cities, energy applications and security.
LNL is actively committed to multi-party and multinational research projects and have completed several research projects resylts of which have been or are being commercialized. Currently, LNL is partner of 2 FP7 and 2 ITEA2/UEREKA projects.
We are mainly interested in cooperating for FP7 projects under security we can contribute in sensing, sensor data fusion, social sensors, smart infrastructures, smart grids, future internet, M2M networks and trust in M2M networks.