Prof. Dr. Meltem Ş. UCAL


Meltem Ucal is a professor of economics at the Department of Economics, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. She has taught and performed research and outreach for over 20 years. She received her BA, MA and PhD, all in Econometrics. After completing her undergraduate studies with a degree from Istanbul University, she began her academic career as a research assistant until 2000 in the Department of Econometrics, Faculty of Economics, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey. She continued PhD program at University of South Florida in the USA. She has lectured on Econometrics at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft and Zeppelin Universität at various times. She has also been shortly visiting as a visiting scholar in various EU countries (e.g. Belgium, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Portugal). Since 2000 in Kadir Has University, she has served as chairperson of several programs (Finance and Office Management) and departments as well as academic and executive board member in many faculties; she has been a member of the faculty academic and executive board in Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences since 2013, in Applied Sciences since 2015, also in Law between 2015-2017 and served as the Economics department chairperson between 2016-2017. Professor Ucal manages international prestigious projects, some of them are UNDP, H2020 MSCA-RISE and others EU project and she is involved in various projects as a referee such as ERANET-Plus, H2020-Energy Calls, H2020-COST Action, TUBITAK (Science and Technology Council of Turkey) as well. Professor Ucal's project "Raising Awareness in Energy Efficiency of Household Appliances and Climate Change” funded by UNDP in 2014 elected as a success story in the world and published in 4 languages (Turkish, English, French and Spanish) in the UNDP website. Professor Ucal is a member of the editorial board of many national and international journals, such as the Eurasian Business Review, indexed in SSCI and SCOPUS. She is also the recipient of many awards. She has received an academic outstanding achievement award for 2020 from Kadir Has University. She received another academic award due to her successful project on energy issues in 2017 for “Energy Efficiency” delivered by the Istanbul Chamber of Industry. She also received two education awards in 2012 and 2017 for "Best Evaluation Score of Teaching" delivered by the Kadir Has University. Additionally, she received two above-threshold awards for her projects, which are submitted for H2020 calls delivered by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. She has published more than 30 articles in prestigious academic journals such as Journal of Business Economics and Management, Emerging Market Finance and Trade, Turkish Studies, Applied Economics, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Environment, Development and Sustainability, Energy Economics, Energy Policy. Professor Ucal authored two books on "Climate Changes and Green Dimension: Green Economics and Green Growth", and on "Foreign Direct Investment in Turkey in Looking at Twentieth Century" and co-authored book on “Foreign Direct Investment in Turkey, Opinions and Suggestions on Improvement of Investment Climate”. Her recent research interests include foreign direct investment, energy economics (energy poverty, efficiency, consumption) and labor force participation, green growth & sustainable development, gender gap and income inequality, applied econometrics, raising awareness for mobbing .

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Labor Law Consultant

Working as a faculty member since 2017 in the Department of Labor and Social Security Law at Kadir Has University Faculty of Law, Dr. Ugan Çatalkaya started her academic career as a research assistant in the same department in 2008.

Dr. Ugan Çatalkaya has graduated from Galatasaray Lisesi (2003) and Galatasaray University Faculty of Law (2007). As a Jean-Monnet scholar, she completed her master’s degree in Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University with her master’s thesis on “Equality in Labor Relations in European Labor Law”. She has been awarded the title of doctor of law by completing the private law doctorate program at Galatasaray University Institute of Social Sciences with her thesis on “Principle of Proportionality in Labor Law”, which was later published as a book. During her doctoral research, qualified to be supported by TÜBİTAK international research fellowship program, she was a visiting researcher at the IRERP Institute of Paris Nanterre University and after her doctorate, she continued her research at the Institut für Arbeitsrecht und Recht der Sozialen Sicherheit, Bonn Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, for a year.

Her academic field of study is mainly labor law and social security law. Her academic interests include also comparative legal studies with Continental European labor law on the principles of good faith, proportionality, equality and on the subjects such as atypical and tripartite labor relations, the fundamental rights of the worker in general and especially work-life balance, the protection of personal data and the right to disconnect of the worker.

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Project Assistant

She received her bachelor’s degree from the Department of International Relations and EU from Izmir University of Economics in 2013. After her graduation, she worked as an interpreter, youth worker, researcher, and project assistant in different NGOs as a volunteer. She also took part in several national and international conferences, trainings, and EU projects in Turkey and abroad. She is currently completing an MA in Energy and Sustainable Development at Kadir Has University.


Project Assistant

She spent one year of her undergraduate education at Philipps-Universität Marburg as part of the Erasmus + program, and graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Political Science and International Relations in 2017. After a year of working on gender equality projects under the Sabancı University Corporate Governance Forum, she started her master's degree in Political Science and Public Administration at Kadir Has University.