Who We Are

Development Analytics was founded in 2013 to provide decision-makers in the public and private sectors with evidence-based research on social programme and policy development. The research team has expanded to include experts from a broad range of social science disciplines including economics, political science, public health, social policy and international development. In addition to our core team, we draw on our international network of consultants, researchers, and collaborators to ensure that we have access to the specialist knowledge needed for the project at hand.

Poverty

Executive Director

Meltem is a human development economist with research focusing on poverty, inequality and overall distributional impact of social policies. Since 2004, she has been involved in various research projects and impact evaluations relating to poverty and human development with the World Bank in East Asia, ECA and MENA regions.

 

Research Associate

Güneş is a development economist with research interests in growth, regional development, and female labour force participation trends. She works as an assistant professor at TOBB Economics and Technology University in Ankara and is teaching econometrics, statistics, and mathematics. Her current research is on the estimation of income per capita series and constructing development indicators for the 26 regions of Turkey since the late 19th century using historical sources.

Research Associate

Gökçe is a political scientist and her work focuses on the political and socioeconomic impacts of the poverty alleviation programs on poor people. Most recently she has been working on conditional cash transfers in Turkey and her work investigates whether transferring cash with conditions to the poor empower their social citizenship or produce/reproduce linkages, their obligations to reciprocate in terms of supporting the political party allocating them.

Research Associate

Didem is an applied microeconomist with primary interests in health and labour economics. She holds a BS degree in Statistics, an MS degree in Economics from Middle East Technical University and a doctoral degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Associate

Beyza is an applied microeconomist with a primary interest in industrial organization and regional development. Her current research focuses on the econometric evaluation of the effect of regional economic development policies on unemployment and firm behaviour.

 

Onur Altindag, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Onur Altindag is an assistant professor of Economics at Bentley University. His research interests lie primarily at the intersection of population and health economics. His early work focused on fertility preferences and their impact on maternal and infant health. In his dissertation

Gokce Uysal.Ph.D.

Research Associate

Gokce Uysal is currently an associate professor of economics at Bahcesehir University and the deputy director at Bahcesehir University Center for Economic and Social Research (Betam). She works on labour markets, economics of gender, economics of education and household savings. Dr Uysal holds a BA from Galatasaray University and a doctoral degree in Economics from University of Rochester.

Research Associate

Şenay is a cultural anthropologist and a researcher. Her research areas include international migration, refugees, Turkish state’s refugee policies, politics of humanitarian aid.

Urban Planner

Kim is an urban planner with experience conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis. She specializes in spatial analytics and the visualization of data. Kim has worked with public, private, and non-profit organizations to conduct economic impact studies, affordable housing needs analysis, and market analysis, and policy research.

 

Zeynep Balcioglu

Research Associate

Zeynep is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. She passed doctoral exams in the fields of comparative politics, public policy, and research design and methodology. She studies forced migration, social policy and welfare provision mostly in the Middle East and Balkans. 

Özgür Bozçağa

Research Associate

Ozgur is a Ph.D. student in Economics and Public Policy program jointly offered by The Fletcher School and the Department of Economics at Tufts University.  He received his BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University and completed his MA in Politics at New York University. He also completed doctoral coursework in quantitative social science at Boston University. 

Tuğba Bozçağa

Research Associate

Tugba is a Ph.D. student in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). She studies political economy of development using macro- and micro-level statistical data and ethnographic methods.
 

Refugee and Education Specialist

Laetitia Lemaistre is an education specialist who focuses on refugee education, education in emergencies and conflict contexts, and humanitarian coordination. She is a third-year doctoral candidate at the Institute of Education at University College London and her research interests lie in refugee children’s access to formal education in Greece, examining both urban and camp caseloads. 

Senior Quantitative Research Analyst

Nazli is a Senior quantitative researcher at Development Analytics with experience working on a wide range of topics including cash transfer programs, labour force participation of women and health and education outcomes of children. 

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    Gender

    Executive Director

    Meltem is a human development economist with research focusing on poverty, inequality and overall distributional impact of social policies. Since 2004, she has been involved in various research projects and impact evaluations relating to poverty and human development with the World Bank in East Asia, ECA and MENA regions.

     

    Research Associate

    Sapna is a public health researcher and epidemiologist whose work focuses on women’s health, reproductive health, community health workers and program evaluation. Recent research includes leading a cluster randomised trial that evaluated the effect of health education on women’s treatment-seeking behaviour and a mixed methods study to investigate hysterectomy in India.