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Dr Ece Kocabicak

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I joined the Open University in 2020. Prior to this position, I worked as a Fellow of Gender, Development and Globalisation in the Department of Gender Studies at London School of Economics and Political Science (2017- 2020). I also taught on the undergraduate programme in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University (2013- 2017) where I received my PhD. Before my PhD degree, I worked for international CIT projects, and in so doing, had the opportunity to live in Egypt and work in Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, U.A.E., South Africa, Uganda, Namibia, Botswana, and Malawi. This experience helped me in understanding different social contexts and exploring transnational perspectives.

Research interests

My research engages with contemporary debates in comparative sociology, feminist political economy, and international development. My expertise is on varieties of gender regimes and the trajectories of capitalist development in the global South; state-formation; the relationship between gender, class, and race-ethnicity based inequalities; and the significance of political collective subjects for social change. I am currently working on my research monograph, titled 'The Political Economy of Patriarchy in the Global South' (Routledge, forthcoming in June 2022).

Impact and engagement

Selected journal articles & book chapters

Other publications

  • 2022: “Türkiye’de patriyarkal devlet ve İstanbul Sözleşmesi”, Çatlak Zemin, İstanbul
  • 2021: “Watching Turkey on Netflix: Psychologisation of Gendered Violence”, with Kumru B. Emre, Çatlak Zemin, İstanbul
  • 2020: “French Materialist Feminism”, in Dictionary of Feminism, İstanbul: Henrich Böll
  • 2018: “Patriarchal labor exploitation in agriculture and its implications for feminist politics”, Çatlak Zemin, İstanbul
  • 2015: “Patriarchal appropriation of labour in light of the Turkish case”, Hysteria Magazine, vol. 6, London
  • 2015: “Feminist politics facing the dichotomy of progress versus regress”, Journal of Feminist Politics, issue 8, İstanbul: 17- 20
  • 2015: “A brief assessment of the direct action organised by lesbian bisexual feminists in Turkey”, KAOS GL, August, Ankara
  • 2014: “The significance of paid employment in preventing domestic violence in Turkey”, Journal of The Witches of the Kitchen, June, İstanbul: 5- 7
  • 2013: “Patriarchy under its mutually shaping relationship with capitalism”, Journal of Feminist Politics, 18, İstanbul: 28- 32
  • 2013: “The Muslim Women’s Initiative Against Male Violence Against Women”, August, İstanbul
  • 2013: “Diane Elson on patriarchy and capitalism”, Journal of Feminist Politics, issue 18, İstanbul
  • 2013: “Maria Mies on patriarchy and capitalism”, Journal of Feminist Politics, issue 18, İstanbul
  • 2013: “Claudia von Werlhof on patriarchy and capitalism”, Journal of Feminist Politics, issue 18, İstanbul
  • 2013: “A fish called marketization”, Sociologist, Department of Sociology, Lancaster: 7-8
  • 2013: “The gentlemen’s club: Gezi resistance and the Turkish left”, with Özlem Çelik, Journal of Feminist Politics, October, İstanbul
  • 2013: “Women’s double struggle in the Gezi resistance”, with Öznur Subaşı, Amargi Journal, September
  • 2013: “There is an alternative: A brief analysis of Gezi resistance in Turkey”,, June, İstanbul
  • 2012: “Confronting feminism in Turkey”, Short Essay, Journal of Feminist Politics, issue 12, İstanbul
  • 2012: “Interview: Feminist and LGBT movements share the same goal”, by Tuncel, S., in KAOS GL, August, Ankara
  • 2011: “Reconsidering Mohanty’s ‘Feminism without Borders’”, Essay, Journal of Feminist Politics, 10
  • 2011: “Lancaster women against the cuts”, Sociologist, Volume 10, 8-10, Sociology, Lancaster
  • 2008: “A conversation with Selma James”, with Gülnur Acar Savran, Journal of Feminist Politics, İstanbul

External collaborations

Member, Varieties of Gender Regimes Network, The University of Duisburg-Essen and City, University of London 
2018-present: Varieties of Gender Regimes network includes scholars from the global North and the South. The network has, thus far, organised a panel in the ISA conference (2018), a workshop in London (2019), a webinar (2020), and published a special issue of Social Politics.

Member, the ESRC funded Global Challenges Network (ref: ES/P006604/1), SOAS
2017-2018: I worked as a member of the ESRC funded Global Challenges Network on the dynamics of gender inequality in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (led from SOAS). 
2018-present: The previous Global Challenges Network has evolved into a new network, titled Female Employment and Dynamics of Inequality (FEDI). 



The causes and the consequences of the patriarchal state: Evidence from Turkey (2023-05-11)
Kocabıçak, Ece
Women's Studies International Forum, 98, Article 102744(May-June)

Why Property Matters? New Varieties of Domestic Patriarchy in Turkey (2022-09)
Kocabicak, Ece
Social Politics, 29(3) (pp. 812-830)

Gendered property and labour relations in agriculture: implications for social change in Turkey (2022)
Kocabicak, Ece
Oxford Development Studies, 50(2) (pp. 91-113)

What excludes women from landownership in Turkey? Implications for feminist strategies (2018-06)
Kocabicak, Ece
Women's Studies International Forum, 69(July–Aug) (pp. 115-125)

The Political Economy of Patriarchy in the Global South (2022-07-11)
Kocabıçak, Ece
ISBN : 9781003054511 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Feministinnen im Gezi-Park-Widerstand (2016-04-01)
Kocabicak, Ece
In: Atac, Ilker and Fanizadeh, Michael eds. Turkey: Continuities, Changes, Taboos. VIDC – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (pp. 108-121)
ISBN : 978-3854766513 | Publisher : Mandelbaum Verlag | Published : Vienna