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Gizdem obtained a BEng in Software Engineering from the University of Sheffield, and an MSc in Management Information Systems and Innovation (MISI) from London School of Economics. She holds a PhD from the LSE and has conducted research under the Information Systems Faculty Research Group within the Department of Management. During this time, Gizdem acted as a co-organiser of two conferences, and as an associate editor and an editor-in-chief of the LSE’s Information Systems Student Journal (iSChannel).

Gizdem’s research focuses on evaluation and policy analysis of digital health and social care services. She has a special interest in ageing research, and in the technologies adopted by older individuals, such as telecare and telehealth. Her PhD thesis studies the scientific classifications and dividing practices enacted by governments, institutions, and professionals that play a role in the construction of an identity of old age, which has been redefined within the context of telecare information systems.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Information systems
  • e-health
  • Public policy analysis
  • Social theories of age


Teaching the following courses during 2018/2019: Digital Methods I: Approaches (BA); Digital Foundations II (BA); and Introduction to Digital Asset and Media Management (MA).  

Previous teaching: Organisational Theory and Behaviour (BSc).

Completed Module 1 of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) in 2015.

Selected Publications

  • Akdur G (2019) Redefining the identity of old age through telecare: a Foucauldian inquiry into national care policies and practices at local social care authorities. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Akdur G & Akdur G (2018) Health economics and economic valuation in cardiac rehabilitation. In H. Harutoglu (ed.), Kardiyak Rehabilitasyon. Hipokrat Kitabevi, Ankara-Turkey. (In Turkish).
  • Akdur G (2015) Current technological approaches to improve quality of life in geriatrics. Turkiye Klinikleri J Physiother Rehabil-Special Topics 1(3), 58-62. (In Turkish).
  • Akdur G (2013) The organising vision of patient access: Reflections on the new NHS information strategy by healthcare professionals. LSE iSChannel 8(1), 5-11.
  • Akdur G (2012) Educational software for the learning of electrical activation in the heart: A simple cellular automaton model. Procedia Technology 1, 137-143.
  • Akdur G (2011) The use of biological cellular automaton models in medical, health and biological studies. Procedia -Social and Behavioral Sciences 28, 825-831.