Ozsel Beleli

My academic interests stem from nearly a decade of professional experience in social development and governance in developing countries where I worked with governmental, non-governmental, and international organisations. I remain engaged in the efforts of several non-governmental organizations working on issues of access to primary education, violence against children, and child labour.

I have a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a dual masters degree in development studies and urban planning from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. More recently, I was a visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies Harvard University's Department of Sociology and Bilkent University's Department of Political Science and Public Administration. At Oxford I've had the privilege of being a Clarendon Scholar and a member of St Antony's College.


I study social policy making processes in developing countries with a focus on the role of bureaucrats. I am currently conducting the following studies as part of my doctoral research:

  • A cross-country macro-comparison to investigate the relationship between bureaucratic quality and social policy outcomes in developing countries, and to determine whether this relationship is consistent across different social policy areas;
  • A historical comparative study of bureaucratic autonomy and its political and organizational determinants in Turkey;
  • A comparative analysis of the effects of changes in organizational structure on bureaucrats' involvement in policy making in Turkey;
  • A comparative study of social policy diffusion processes with a focus on conditional cash transfer programs in Turkey and Indonesia.

I've also been involved in a number of research projects on access to basic education, child labour, and early childhood development with non-governmental and international organisations.


I've had the privilege of designing and teaching a graduate course on education policy at Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University, and an undergraduate course on public policy at Bilkent University.

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