In the project “Affective Polarization and Democratic Attitudes” Assoc. Prof. Selim Erdem Aytaç from the Department of International Relations will examine the effects of antipathy, distrust, and negative emotions that individuals hold towards the supporters of opposing political parties. Focusing on how such processes of affective polarization affect people’s democratic attitudes, the project will generate comparable observational and experimental data from multiple countries. With this project, Dr. Aytaç aims to establish the causal relationship between affective polarization and changes in democratic attitudes through novel empirical approaches, and also to identify reliable and generalizable experimental interventions to reduce affective polarization in multiple contexts. Wholehearted congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Selim Erdem Aytaç for this outstanding accomplishment and best wishes for his continued success.


Specializing in the fields of political sociology and migration studies, Asst. Prof. Sedef Turper investigates drivers of public attitudes towards immigrants and the effectiveness of integration policies using innovative survey experiments and big data analytics. Wholehearted congratulations to Asst. Prof. Sedef Turper for this outstanding accomplishment and best wishes for her continued success.

FAiR: Finding Agreement in Return

Prof. Ahmet İçduygu’s FaiR project aims to generate new insights into the factors and processes that foster or impede the legitimacy and effectiveness of Europe’s intergovernmental return and alternatives to return policies. FAiR will contribute to improve the measurement of return policies and enforced return outcomes and will enrich the analysis on the drivers of enforced return. Wholehearted congratulations to Prof. Ahmet İçduygu and his team for this outstanding accomplishment and best wishes for his continued success.

Along with Koç University (MiReKoc), the project consortium consists of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute of Legal Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Migration Policy Group, University for Continuing Education Krems, University of Milan, University of Geneva, Foundation for Access to Rights, Samuel Hall East Africa Limited, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants.

AUTO-TWIN: Data-driven method based on a process mining approach for Automated Digital Twin generation, operations, and maintenance in circular value chains

Professor Barış Tan’s AUTO-TWIN project addresses the technological shortcoming and economic liability of the development and usage of digital twins that are accepted as the accelerator and enabler of Circular Economy in businesses and production by conduction research in 3 areas: 1) introducing a breakthrough method for automated process-aware discovery towards autonomous Digital Twins generation, to support trustworthy business processes in circular economies; 2) adopting an (International Data Space) IDS- based common data space, to promote and facilitate the secure and seamless exchange of manufacturing/product/business data within value-networks in a circular-economy ecosystem; 3) integrating novel hardware technologies into the digital thread, to create smart Green Gateways, empowering companies to perform data and digital twin enabled green decisions, and to unleash their full potential for actual zero-waste Circular Economy and reduced dependency from raw materials.

There are 13 partners from 8 different countries in the project that will be coordinated by Politecnico di Milano.  The Koç University research group led by Barış Tan will develop advanced analysis and optimization methods to automatically generate Digital Twins from process data, use these digital twins to support reuse/renew/recycle and pricing decisions at both the plant level and the value chain level, and develop new business models for the Circular Economy. Wholehearted congratulations to Prof. Barış Tan for this outstanding accomplishment and best wishes for his continued success.

Emre Ekinci aims to develop theoretical and empirical models that examine how firms manage their intellectual property and how they adapt themselves to changing competitive conditions and institutional structures. Wholehearted congratulations to Asst. Prof. Emre Ekinci for this outstanding accomplishment and best wishes for his continued success.
Professor Kamil Yılmaz from the Department of Economics received the TÜBİTAK 2247-A National Leader Program Grant, 2021, with the project titled “Inflation Connectedness and the Gravity Model.” With this project, Professor Yılmaz intends to econometrically model how inflation shocks spread across regions of a country using the gravity model, a model that has been so successful in the international trade literature and identify the factors that have an impact on this process. Wholehearted congratulations to Prof. Kamil Yılmaz for this outstanding accomplishment and best wishes for his continued success.