Ayse has almost 15 years of experience working as a critical development practitioner, civil society professional and activist. Her work has spanned a number of diverse and interrelated fields, including gender equality and elimination of violence against women, community-based conservation and rural livelihoods, refugee empowerment and civil society capacity building. She has worked in a wide range of local and international organizations, such as European Women's Lobby, BirdLife International, International Medical Corps, UNDP and UNFPA. She is still involved in various rights-based movements.
Ayse has a BSc in International Relations and an MA in Political Science. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex. Her research interests broadly include meaning-making processes in social movements, grassroots resistance to energy generation-induced dispossession, human-nature relations and socio-environmental conflicts under capitalism and neoliberalism, and political economy of gender and sexuality. She has taught in SOAS Department of Development Studies, University of Essex Department of Government and Essex Business School.