Merve Sancak joined the Department of Politics, People and Places in January 2021. Before this, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge in 2019.
Her research sits in between international political economy, comparative political economy and economic sociology to understand capitalist societies in the context of globalisation. More specifically, she is interested in studying the intersections between the global political and economic dynamics and the national institutional structures, and the implications of these interactions for inclusive development.
Her research so far has focused on the skill formation systems in Mexico and Turkey, and how the coordination structures in global value chains (GVCs) and national institutional arrangements affect domestic firms’ strategies for finding workers with the skills necessary for them. For this, she developed a novel ‘multi-level’ framework that links the macro-level studies on GVCs and comparative capitalisms with the micro-level approach of employment systems and human resource management.
Currently, she is working on a research project for understanding the global embedding of late industrialising economies, which focuses on a range of international linkages of these countries, and the implications of these linkages for inclusive development.
She has had experience in policy-oriented research, and has worked with international organisations and think-tanks including the OECD, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), and Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD).