Zümray Kutlu

Lecturer in Government

Zümray Kutlu

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2022

Wednesday 1-2:30 p.m., and by appointment.

18 Henshaw C2 204



Ph.D., Istanbul Bilgi University

M.A., University of Essex

M.S., B.A., Middle East Technical University


Zümray Kutlu received her bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from Middle East Technical University (METU), a master's in theory and practice of human rights from the University of Essex, and her doctorate in political science from Istanbul Bilgi University.

Her teaching and research focus on refugees, urbanization, urban inequality and human rights. She worked more than 15 years in various nongovernmental organizations, where she developed and supervised projects on participatory policy development, cultural rights, cultural heritage and refugees. 

Previously, Kutlu taught at Istanbul Bilgi University and Bahçesehir University, and in 2017–18 she was a visiting assistant professor at Hampshire College. 

Selected Publications

“Is Participatory Local Policy Development Possible? The Case of Çanakkale”, 2017, Research and Policy on Turkey, 2:1, 90-104.

“Endless Escape: From Syria to Turkey, Then to Europe,” 2016, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, April, Vol: 16, No:1, 121-134.

“Participation and the Right to the City: The Case of Turkey,” 2015, METU Studies in Development, 42, 457-480.