Ayse's research interests mainly comprise social inequalities and mobility, migration, religion, life course, families, gender and research methods.
Before joining the Sociology Department at the University of Essex in 2006, Ayse led a project on changing class structure in the post-industrial societies at the research school ICS in the Department of Sociology at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). Focusing on social mobility, inequalities, political behaviour and lifestyles in The Netherlands and Britain, she updated the EGP class schema (also known as Goldthorpe-schema) by distinguishing two 'new' classes of social and cultural specialists and two 'old' classes of technocrats within the middle class.
She then obtained funding (€2.4 million) from NORFACE for her ‘2000 Families: Migration Histories of Turks in Europe’ project to study the enduring impact of migration on migrants and their descendants for the period 2009 and 2015. This project has been selected as the most original study in the new millennium by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2012. For more information visits 2000families.org . She has been a co-applicant of another NORFACE project “Causes and Consequences of Early Socio-Cultural Integration Processes Among New Immigrants in Europe (SCIP)” (€2.7 million). She has been a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology at Bogazici University (Istanbul, 2013-2014), a TUBITAK visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology at Istanbul Sehir University in 2014. She has also been a visiting scholar in the Department of Social Policy at London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Ayse is an associate researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Centre (ISER), a member of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) and a associate researcher at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at the University College London.
More information on her research:
The 2000 Families website: 2000families.org
The SCIP project: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/153339.html