Hazal Colak is now an MSc candidate in Comparative Social Policy. Hazal’s research interests focus on the comparative analysis of welfare state regimes in the Global South; social mobility and migration policy and their relations with the historical transition of welfare state regimes.
During her undergraduate education at Koç University, Istanbul as a double major at the Sociology and International Relations Departments with a minor in Business Administration, Hazal utilized every opportunity to develop her academic skills and to acquaint herself better with both teaching and research experiences. She was a research intern at the Mother Child Education Foundation in her second year. As part of her internship, she attended field research in Kızıltepe, Mardin to measure the children’s linguistic and cognitive skills. Additionally, she served as a research assistant in the Social Policy Research Center at Koc University. She was involved in a research project at the Center called “Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe,” which is funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme Cooperation Research. Simultaneously, she assisted the project called “Multi-Dimensional Youth Typologies in Turkey” in Mardin and Samsun to map youth along six social, economic, and political dimensions.
In addition to her academic coursework in Turkey, Hazal attended the LSE Summer Program and was an exchange student in Royal Holloway, University of London. Moreover, she volunteered in an international social project with KUGlobalAid for two years and worked on a project in Srebrenica to empower women economically and socially in the region.
As a young and ambitious scholar, Hazal was lured with interdisciplinary and comparative approach, highly selective graduate community and international research projects at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention.