Dr Burcak Ozoglu

Burcak is on a temporary leave from her position as an Instructor at the Business Administration Program at Middle East Technical University (METU) Northern Cyprus Campus.

Burcak received her BS degree in Management from Middle East Technical University (METU) and then she proceeded in the field of Industrial Relations with MA and PhD at Ankara University. During her PhD studies she has spent 9 months at the International Center for Labour Studies of The University of Manchester, as a visiting student.

She worked first as a teaching assistant then upon receiving her PhD degree, as an Instructor at the Ankara University for ten years then resigned for a job at TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). During her employment at TUBITAK she continued teaching part-time this time at METU.

Besides her academic experiences she has been involved in managerial and administrative consultancy about organizational issues in different sectors and she has participated several trade union trainings as an instructor in Turkey.

Lastly, alongside her professional occupations she is a high altitude mountaineer and an ultra trail runner.

Recent research Interests:

  • Industrial Relations and labour movements
  • Public work organizations and employment relations
  • Teaching labour processes
  • Future of work


2013 ““How We Work and How We Might Work” paper presented at APROS-15 Colloquium 15th to 17th February 2013, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

2012 “Current issues on employment and work relations in public education sector: The Turkish case” paper presented at Research Turkey international conference: ‘Exploring turkey's education policy: what do the global trends suggest, what do the recent amendments really amend?’, 13-14 December METU Ankara Turkey.

2012 “The intelligent bomb of Turkey” paper submitted and will be presented at the 4th Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies, March 27-30 2012 Axixic Mexico.

2011  ”New ways of organizing work in the public sector: The Turkish public education case”, paper presented at 27th EGOS Colloquium, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 6–9, 2011.

2011 “Organizing Work in the Public Education Sector: The Case of Turkey” paper presented at The Sixth Organization Studies Summer Workshop: Bringing Public Organization and Organizing Back In, May 25–28 2011, Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay, Paris, France.

2010  “What to Research, For Whom to Develop? The Case of Turkish Defence Industry Firms”, 2nd European Conference on Corporate R&D (CONCORD-2010): Corporate R&D – An engine for growth, a challenge for European policy, 3rd-4th of March 2010, Seville, Spain, iri.jrc.ec.europa.eu/concord-2010/posters.html. (Poster presentation)

2008 “Labour Processes of R&D: Do High Skills cost Low Control?”  poster presentation, 26th Annual International Labour Process Conference, 18-20 March 2008, University College Dublin, Ireland. (Poster presentation)

2007 “Emek Sürecinde değişim: İş ve Çalışma, kadınlar için ne değişti?” (Change in the Labour Processes: What has changed for women labour and Work?)  EU and Labour Symposium, TMMOB, 5-6 October, Ankara, Turkey.

2005 “Clients Teaching other Clients: Restructuring of the Work in the Turkish Public Education Sector” 23rd Annual International Labour Process Conference, 21-23 March 2005, Strathclyde Graduate Business School Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

2005 Avrupa Birliği: Düş mü Kabus mu? (The EU: A Dream or Nightmare?) Mülkiye Dergisi Fall v: XXIX  no.248. editor. (Editor of  the special issue)

2005 “Restructuring of the Turkish Public Sector as part of the Europeanisation Strategy” South East European Review   v.8 n.2 p.111-131.

2003 “Devlet Fabrikaya Girince: Kapitalist Devlet ve Emek Süreçleri” (When the State Enters the Factory: Capitalist state and the Labour Processes) Mülkiye , March-April-May 2003 v. XXVII. p.41-59.

2002 “Emek Süreci Tartışmalarına Yeni Sorular: Türkiye’de Ağaç Mobilya İmalatı Örneği” (New Question for the Debates on Labour Process: The case of Woodworking Industry of Turkey) in  Küreselleşme Emek Süreçleri ve Yapısal Uyum (Globalization, Labour Processes and Structural Adjustment) editor. A.A. Dikmen, Ankara: İmge Yayıncılık.

2002 “Changing Forms of Organising Production and Work in Turkey’s Manufacturing Sector”, 20th Annual International Labour Process Conference, 2-4 April 2002, Strathclyde Graduate Business School Glasgow, Scotland, UK.