Personal profile


I am a senior lecturer at the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in the Faculty of Business and Law. I joined the University of Portsmouth in December 2017. 

 My research is on behavioural and experimental economics. I conduct laboratory, online and field experiments to study economic decision-making. My research lies at the crossroads of economics, management, political science and social psychology. 

I co-founded Behavioural Analytics Research Lab (BARELab) with Wolfgang Luhan where we investigate important economic issues such as  incentives, motivation, productivity, and cooperation. 


I have completed my BSc and MSc degrees at Bilkent University in Turkey. After completing my master's degree, I moved to the UK to get my PhD at the University of Nottingham, as a part of CeDEx

After graduating from Nottingham, I worked as a research fellow at the University of Surrey for the project "Delivering Better For Less: Improving Productivity and Motivation in Public Sector". I conducted a number of lab experiments at Surrey some of which are now published and can be found in my publications list. I taught undergraduate and postgraduate level modules at Surrey, including  Game Theory and MSc Microeconomics. 

You can see my full CV, the list of my publications, working papers and blog posts on my personal website where you can also find my frequently updates list of blogs at 

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach several undergraduate modules and I am currently a module coordinator for first-year Mathematics for Economics. I also teach Psychology and Altruism Module at the second-year undergraduate level and supervise dissertation students on the topics of "Behavioural Economics". 

Research Interests

I am a behavioural economist and I am interested in how biases affect people's decision making. I have worked on topics like: 

  • Overconfidence,  motivated beliefs, and belief updating
  • Gender biases, ethnic and racial discrimination
  • Competitive behaviour, behaviour in teams, team decision making
  • NHS Leadership, diverse leadership. 

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on [email protected]

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 25 Feb 2015

External positions

Azerbaijan State University of Economics, Azerbaijan State University of Economics

30 Jan 2021 → …


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