Selin Sivis

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 Deservingness
  • Urban Informality


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 Researcher for British Academy funded project, titled "Wellbeing, Housing, and Infrastructure in Turkey," coordinated by Institute of Development Studies in collaboration with UNESCO Chair on International Migration, Yasar University. 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. She also recently worked 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). Also, she teaches SC101- Researching Social Life I and SC233- Race, Class And Gender in 2019-2020 academic year. Peer-reviewed Publications Sivis, S. (2020) Negotiating Moral Boundaries in Workplaces through the Lens of Employers. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: Book Chapters and Policy Briefs Sivis, S. and Yildiz., A. (2019). Syrian Refugees Engagement in the Local Labour Market in Izmir, Turkey: Perspectives of Employers and Evidence-based Policy Recommendations. Policy Brief 2(1), Yasar University UNESCO Chair on International Migration (ISSN: 2619-9440). Sivis, S. (2019). Spain, in Yildiz, A. (ed.) Integration of Refugee Students in European Higher Education: Comparative Country Cases. Izmir: Yasar University Publications.


  • 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


Multidimensional Strategies of Boundary-drawing towards Syrian Refugees in the Turkish Informal Market Economy

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