Basak is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute interested in gendered dynamics and discrimination in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, particularly how discrimination manifests online.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a double major degree in Political Science and International Relations from Yildiz Technical University. Basak also holds master’s degrees in Sociology and Political Science. Her Sociology master’s research focused on labour processes of white-collar workers in the ICT sector in Istanbul, Turkey, with a particular emphasis on the gender-based division of labour. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBİTAK) supported her studies and research throughout her MA in Sociology. In her master’s thesis in Political Science, she examined resistance strategies and solidarity dynamics among white-collar and blue-collar workers by analysing the collective bargaining process between the United Metal Workers Union and the Electromechanical Employers’ Association in Turkey. Apart from the mentioned academic work, Basak is also interested in the impact of crowdsourced election monitoring initiatives on electoral integrity.
Prior to commencing her master’s degrees, her professional experience includes working as a developer and analyst for five years at AVEA/Turk Telecom, a telecommunications company in Turkey. Furthermore, while studying, she held the position of Research Assistant within the Department of Political Science at Yeditepe University.
Computational social science, gendered division of labour, gender and technology, digital labour, crowdsourced initiatives, domestic monitoring.