Selçuk Bedük is the first Barnett Scholar commenced his DPhil in Social Policy in 2013. He previously completed the MSc course on Comparative Social Policy in the department, holds a bachelor degree in Economics from Marmara University (Istanbul), and another MSc degree in Social Policy Analysis from University of Lueven (IMPALLA programme).
His research areas of interest include conceptualization and measurement of poverty and well-being; psychometrics; poverty and fertility; social inequality and mobility; causal analysis with observational data; and quasi-experimental settings.
His doctoral thesis focuses on the issues of validity and transparency in poverty measurement. It addresses the lack of clear and elaborate theoretical definitions in poverty research, assess its implications for the transparency of operationalization process and the validity of measurements. The research explore some necessary conditions for an elaborate theoretical definition; offers a typology of measures using multiple deprivation indicators; investigate some methods for examining validity in poverty measurement; and examine the empirical validity of existing poverty measures (specifically material deprivation indices) based on these methods.