Selin Sivis

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Sociology
Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Philosophy and Art History
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology
 Selin Sivis


Ask me about
  • International Migration
  • Forced Migration
  • The Boundary-making Approach
  • Anti-immigrant Sentiment
  • Labour Market Integration Policies
  • Welfare Provision


Selin Sivis is currently a doctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology, the University of Essex. In her research, she focuses on how the boundary-making process takes place in multiple forms from perspectives of host population towards refugees and asylum-seekers in the informal market economy. She also works as Senior Research Officer at the Essex Center for Migration Studies and as Junior Researcher for the EU funded project, entitled "Integrating Syrians into Turkish Higher Education through Recognition of Qualifications (REFREC-TR)" which is coordinated by UNESCO Chair on International Migration,Yasar University (Izmir, Turkey). She holds a M.A. degree in Immigration Management from University Pompeu Fabra and B.A degree in History from Middle East Technical University. She held visiting research fellow positions at Yasar University in Izmir and Çukurova University in Adana, Turkey. Before starting to pursue Ph.D. degree, she was working as a Research Assistant at Migration Research Center at Koç University in Istanbul. In the center, she was responsible for three EU funded projects: INTEGRIM, Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People (EURA-NET), and MobileWelfare: European Welfare Systems in Times of Mobility. She was also the Coordinator of the MiReKoc International Summer School of 2016, entitled Old Phenomena, New Challenges: Forced Migration which provides research-oriented, interdisciplinary, and innovative academic courses on migration, as well as workshops on related policy issue for professional development. Also, she will be teaching SC233- Race, Class And Gender in 2018-2019 academic year.


  • Visiting Research Fellow at the Chair for Microsociology University of Konstanz (2018)

  • Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Communications Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey (2018)

  • Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of International Relations Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey (2017)

  • M.Sc in Immigration Management University Pompeu Fabra, Spain (2014)

  • B.A. Major in History Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2013)

Research and professional activities


Outsiders vs. Insiders? A Cross-regional Empirical Research: Syrian Refugees in Turkey (working title)

Supervisor: Prof. Yasemin Soysal , Dr. Renee Luthra

Research interests

The boundary-making approach


Informal market economy

Labour market integration of refugees and asylum-seekers


Syrian refugees


Qualitative Methods



Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Office: 4.139 Office Hours: Thursdays 10:30-11:30 or by appoinment