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Asli is a PhD candidate in Political Economy at King’s College London. Her work lies at the intersection of political economy and public policy. She works on the effects of external events, information provision and uncertainty on multi-dimensional policy preferences. Her dissertation, which is being supervised by Dr. Konstantinos Matakos and Dr. Christel Koop, seeks to explain reversals in policy making and policy preferences. She is interested in incorporating insights from behavioral economics, as well as novel measures and data sources, into her work.

Asli is the recipient of funding from DPE for a 3-year Studentship in Quantitative Political Economy. She has been working as a research assistant since 2019 at the Register to Vote '21 project alongside her PhD. Previous to King’s, Asli carried out research at Max Planck Institute and Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Sabanci University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from METU.

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Research Interests

  • Political Economy
  • Dynamic Policy Making
  • Public Policy


Dr. Konstantinos Matakos and Dr. Christel Koop


Özel, I. D. and Unan, A. (2019), Decoupling trends: Drivers of agency independence in telecommunications: An analysis of high and middle‐income countries. Regulation & Governance. doi:10.1111/rego.12246