Selçuk Bedük

Selçuk is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in economics and PhD in social policy. His research is centred around the central questions of poverty, inequality and comparative social policy: how do we best measure poverty? How does inequality accumulate over the life course and transmit across generations? Which welfare systems best reduce poverty and inequality, and provide security for all? Some of his current research examines the intergenerational transmission of wealth in the UK, the effects of major life course events (e.g. job loss, partnership dissolution, childbirth) on household incomes and overall income inequality, and the minimum income floor and long-term poverty in high-income countries.

Selçuk is the inaugural Barnett Scholar and has completed his DPhil in Social Policy at DSPI in 2018 with a thesis on poverty measurement in the EU. Selçuk re-joined the department in October, 2021, having previously worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex.

For a full list of publications, recent research and teaching activities, please see this personal website


Bedük, S. (2020) Missing dimensions of poverty? Calibrating deprivation scales using perceived financial situation. European Sociological Review. 36-4.

Bedük, S. (2018) Identifying People in Poverty: A Multidimensional Deprivation Measure for the EU. Barnett Papers in Social Research. 18-03.

Bedük, S. (2018) Understanding material deprivation for 25 EU countries: risk and level perspectives, and distinctiveness of zerosEuropean Sociological Review, 1-16. 

Bedük, S. (2018). Missing the Unhealthy? Examining Empirical Validity of Material Deprivation Indices Using a Partial Criterion VariableSocial Indicators Research, 1–25. 

Bedük, S. (2017) Measuring poverty in the EU: Investigating empirical validity of deprivation scales. University of Oxford.