Senior Lecturer, Work / Employment / HRM, University of Sussex

BA Hons Political Science (Bogaziçi University);MA History (Bogaziçi University); MA Sociology (University of California at Los Angeles); PhD Sociology (University of California at Los Angeles)

Ödül Bozkurt is a sociologist of work and employment, with interests in how contemporary work is changing, especially under the pressures of globalization, automation and standardization. Some themes she has explored in her research include the polarisation of the experience of work between high vs. low skilled, cosmopolitan vs. local groups of workers. She's published academic articles on a wide range of topics including mobility inside large corporations, understandings of social class and self among transnational workers, gender and management, on the extreme moments of mundane jobs and jobs in the new, supposedly 'green' economy, to name a few. She has published in the journals Gender Work and Organization, Human Resource Management Journal, Organization, New Technology Work and Employment and others. She is on the Editorial Board of the journal Work, Employment and Society. Currently she is researching several topics including working in the "vintage economy", including the skills and sentiments involved in classic car restoration work, and the transfer of "progressive" HR practices into the traditional world of retail employment in Japan,


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Work / Employment / HRM , University of Sussex


  • 2006 
    University of California at Los Angeles, PhD Sociology