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Funda Ustek-Spilda

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PositionResearcher
Department Sociology
Email f.ustek (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 3201
Funda Ustek-Spilda

Funda Ustek-Spilda is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the ARITHMUS research project "Peopling Europe: How data make a people​".

She obtained her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Takehiko Kariya and Dr. Ekaterina Hertog. Her dissertation explored how the invisibility of women's informal employment in the official statistics in Turkey is shaped by prevalent gender roles and women's position in family and in society in Turkey. Against this background, she studied women workers' strategies of survival in the informal sector, when their work is largely invisible from the public gaze and socio-legal domain. Her past work also explored the puzzling educational disadvantage of second-generation migrants in Germany and Denmark (in comparison to first generation migrants).

She has conducted​ research on popular media programmes (esp. drama series) to investigate how they might contribute to shaping and/or reproducing public opinions and social values (intentionally or otherwise) on gender, class, religion and social justice. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey and has used a variety of quantitative and qualitative analysis tools throughout her research.  

Her broad research interests are missing people in statistics, culture/institutional change, governing by numbers and gender.

Publications

Book Section

The “Unique Blend”: Reframing Womanhood through Turkish Drama Series
Ustek, Funda and Alyanak, Oguz. 2016. The “Unique Blend”: Reframing Womanhood through Turkish Drama Series. In: Caroline B. Brettel and Carolyn F. Sargent, eds. Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Abingdon: Informa UK Limited.

Sosyal Politika Açısından Türkiye’de Ev İşçiliği (Domestic Work in Turkey from a Social Policy Perspective)
Ustek, Funda. 2015. Sosyal Politika Açısından Türkiye’de Ev İşçiliği (Domestic Work in Turkey from a Social Policy Perspective). In: Saniye Dedeoglu and Adem Yavuz Elveren, eds. 2000ler Türkiyesi'nde Sosyal Politika ve Toplumsal Cinsiyet. Ankara: İmge Yayınevi, pp. 207-232. ISBN 9789755338224

Article

Is it Over? On the Melancholy of Lost Hope
Ustek, Funda and Alyanak, Oguz. 2017. Is it Over? On the Melancholy of Lost Hope. Association for Political and Legal Anthropology,

The Case of Children Born out of Wedlock in Turkey: An ‘empty’ category?
Ustek, Funda and Alyanak, Oguz. 2016. The Case of Children Born out of Wedlock in Turkey: An ‘empty’ category? AG: About Gender, 5(10), ISSN 2279-5057

What is work? On the invisibility of women's paid work in the informal sector
Ustek, Funda. 2015. What is work? On the invisibility of women's paid work in the informal sector. InterDisciplines, 6(1), pp. 29-58. ISSN 2191-6721

Brian Silverstein, Islam and Modernity in Turkey, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Ustek, Funda. 2013. Brian Silverstein, Islam and Modernity in Turkey, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Tarih: Graduate History Journal, 3, pp. 92-95.

Report

Transcending Methodological Nationalism through a Transversal Method? On the Stakes and Challenges of Collaboration
Scheel, Stephan; Cakici, Baki; Grommé, Francisca; Ruppert, Evelyn; Takala, Ville and Ustek, Funda. 2016. Transcending Methodological Nationalism through a Transversal Method? On the Stakes and Challenges of Collaboration. Working Paper. ARITHMUS Working Paper Series, London.

Body Counts: Counting Aylan Kurdi
Ruppert, Evelyn and Ustek, Funda. 2015. Body Counts: Counting Aylan Kurdi. Project Report. Visual Social Media Lab, University of Sheffield.

Other

The inconvenient truth about child brides
Ustek, Funda and Alyanak, Oguz. 2014. The inconvenient truth about child brides. Open Democracy, London.

Extreme Measures: Invoking Moral Order in Turkey
Ustek, Funda. 2013. Extreme Measures: Invoking Moral Order in Turkey. Open Democracy, London.

Mayor of Ankara: The Diary of a Troll
Ustek, Funda. 2013. Mayor of Ankara: The Diary of a Troll. Open Democracy, London.

İktidarın Nüfus Planlaması: Kürtaj ve Sezaryen üzerinden kadın cinselliğinin siyaseti (The population engineering of the Turkish government: female body politics of abortion and C-Section)
Ustek, Funda and Kok, Irem. 2012. İktidarın Nüfus Planlaması: Kürtaj ve Sezaryen üzerinden kadın cinselliğinin siyaseti (The population engineering of the Turkish government: female body politics of abortion and C-Section). Birgun, Istanbul.

Anne Hadi Gezi'ye Gel (Mum, come join us at Gezi)
Ustek, Funda and Alyanak, Oguz. Anne Hadi Gezi'ye Gel (Mum, come join us at Gezi). Bianet, Istanbul.