Selin Korkmaz (PhD student)

Thesis title: Jock Tamson’s New Bairns: Syrian Refugee Children in Scottish Schools


Selin received her BSc degree in Sociology from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and her MSc degree in Research Methods with Education from the University of Manchester.

During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a field researcher in 12 provinces in Turkey as part of research projects such as Demographic and Health Survey, and Generations and Gender Survey. After her BSc degree, she began working as a guest researcher at Koc University Child and Family Studies Laboratory in Istanbul on a research project on education policies in Turkey. She then worked as a researcher in the oral history project of Beykoz Kundura, a historical shoe factory in Istanbul.

During her MSc studies, she attended a fully-sponsored Development Fieldwork course module trip to Uganda. Most recently, she was awarded full scholarships by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Archimedes Foundation for attending summer schools in Beijing Normal University and University of Tartu. 

Her PhD study primarily focuses on understanding the educational experiences of Syrian refugee children, as well as their parents' and their national teachers' within the Scottish education system. She is particularly interested in how these experiences are intertwined with the aspirations, engagement and strategies of all of those actors involved, in the liminal space between home and school.