I am a PhD student in Social Sciences at the University of Padova, with a focus on migration and the city in the Italian context. Previously, I have completed a PhD in Political Science and International Relations at Sabanci University (Istanbul), during which I had the chance to spend time as a visiting researcher in the stimulating environment of University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. I have also worked as post-doctoral researcher in a joint project conducted by Sabanci University and KU Leuven, entitled Assessing interdependence between the European Union and Turkey: Policies and cooperation in regional and global governance. I am the author of the book Counter-terrorism and the Prospects of Human Rights: Securitizing Difference and Dissent published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. My research interests include urban sociology, social movements, human rights, democracy and pluralism, security studies, EU politics, migration studies, and qualitative research methods.