Dr Melis Cin

Lecturer in Education and Social Justice


I am a feminist researcher with a particular interest in exploring the relationship between education and international development. I also investigate how education can be used as a peacebuilding tool in conflict zones and use socially engaged art interventions as a way to understand the local meanings of peace in formal and informal education settings. Alongside these issues, I have kept up an interest in methodological issues such as feminist research, online research methods and participatory arts.

Currently, I am working on four projects:

I am leading a British Academy project that looks at developing gender-responsive peacebuilding framework to understand the factors, structures and mechanisms that can enable women as peacebuilders in their own communities within the context of Syria and Turkey.

AHRC GCRF Network Plus Grant, Decolonising Peace Education in Africa: I am a Co-I on this four-year-long project (2020-2024) that seeks to widen access to quality peace education by developing context and gender-sensitive pedagogic content and design of delivery for use among young people across Africa.

AHRC GCRF Project, Youth agency, civic engagement, and sustainable development: Ideas for Southern Africa (Co-I). This project aims to establish and strengthen channels of engagement between youth, CSOs, NGOs, and other stakeholders within the region of Southern Africa. Using Zimbabwe and South Africa as case study countries, we reconcile lessons learnt from the Changing the Story projects led in these countries.

I am also co-leading an AHRC GCRF project on contextualising and gendering peace education in Zimbabwe and Nigeria through arts-based intervention. The project uncovers community-centred approaches to peace to explore their potential for informing contextualised gender-sensitive peace education materials. In doing so, we aim to support peace educators to develop context-sensitive pedagogic content for higher education through innovations in the curriculum.

Feminist Framing of Europeanisation: Gender Equality Policies in Turkey and the EU
Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm, R., Cin, M. 30/11/2020 Cham : Palgrave Macmillan.

Gender Equality in Education: Feminist Constructions of the EU
Cin, M., Karlidag-Dennis, E. 30/11/2020 In: Feminist Framing of the Europeanisation. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Participatory Video as a Tool for Cultivating Political and Feminist Capabilities of Women in Turkey
Cin, M., Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm, R. 1/10/2020 In: Participatory research, capabilities and epistemic justice. Palgrave Macmillan
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

From Streets to Developing Aspirations: How does Collective Action for Education change Marginalised Migrant Youths’ Lives?
Mkwananzi, F., Cin, M. 24/08/2020 In: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.
Journal article

Women’s empowerment in the period of the rapid expansion of higher education in Turkey: Developments and paradoxes of gender equality in the labour market
Cin, M., Gumus, S., Weiss, F. 15/07/2020 In: Higher Education. 20 p.
Journal article

Capabilities-based gender equality analysis of educational policy-making and reform in Turkey
Cin, F.M., Karlidag-Dennis, E., Temiz, Z. 29/02/2020 In: Gender and Education. 32, 2, p. 244-261. 18 p.
Journal article

Navigating University Spaces as Refugees: Syrian Students’ Pathways of Access to and through Higher Education in Turkey
Cin, M., Dogan, N. 3/01/2020 In: International Journal of Inclusive Education.
Journal article

Öğretmenlerin İdeal Okula İlişkin Bilişsel Yapıları
Karadağ, E., Cin, F., Koza Çiftçi, Ş. 31/01/2019 In: Egitim ve Bilim. 44, 197, p. 261-274. 14 p.
Journal article

What matters for rural teachers and communities?: Educational challenges in rural Turkey
Çiftçi , Ş.K., Cin, F.M. 1/09/2018 In: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. p. 686-701. 16 p.
Journal article

Learning design in diverse institutional and cultural contexts: Suggestions from a participatory workshop with higher education professionals in Africa
Mittelmeier, J., Long, D., Cin, F.M., Gunter, A., Raghuram, P., Rientes, B., Reedy, K. 3/07/2018 In: Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning . 33, 3, p. 250-266. 17 p.
Journal article

Scrutinising the Motivation of Women: Stories of Resistance to the 2016 Coup D’état Attempt in Turkey
Uyan Semerci, P., Cin, F.M. 16/10/2017 In: Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development. New York : Routledge p. 178-193. 16 p. ISBN: 1138234680, 9781138234680.

Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development: Rethinking Opportunities and Agency from a Human Development Perspective
Lopez-Fogues, A., Cin, F.M. 10/2017 London : Routledge. ISBN: 9781138234680. Electronic ISBN: 1138234680.

Gender Justice, Education and Equality: Creating Capabilities for Girls' and Womens' Development
Cin, F.M. 2017 London : Palgrave Macmillan. 212 p. ISBN: 9783319391038. Electronic ISBN: 9783319391045.

Reconsidering girls’ education in Turkey from a capabilities and feminist perspective
Cin, F.M., Walker, M. 07/2016 In: International Journal of Educational Development. 49, p. 134-143. 10 p.
Journal article

Intelligent Fuzzy Assessment System for English Academic Writing in Engineering Education
Baba, A.F., Cin, F.M., Ordukaya, E. 01/2015 In: International Journal of Engineering Education. 31, 1(A), p. 83-93. 11 p.
Journal article

Context and history: Using a capabilities-based social justice perspective to explore three generations of western Turkish female teachers' lives
Cin, F.M., Walker, M. 7/07/2013 In: International Journal of Educational Development. 33, 4, p. 394-404. 11 p.
Journal article

A fuzzy system for evaluating students' project in engineering education
Baba, A.F., Cin, F.M., Bakanay, D. 06/2012 In: Computer Applications in Engineering Education. 20, 2, p. 287-294. 8 p.
Journal article