Fatma Gul Unal

Ph.D. Candidate

Political Economy Research Institute

Fatma Gül Ünal received her bachelor's degree in economics from Bogazici University in Turkey (1993), and a master's degree in economics from the Portland State University (1999), Portland, Oregon. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Gül is also a staff economist at the Center for Popular Economics, and has been working on environmental projects at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is on a dissertation writing grant from Georgetown University Institute of Turkish Studies for the 2006-2007 academic year. She was a fellow at the International Working Group on Gender and Macroeconomics in Utah (2003), directed by Nilufer Cagatay, and at the Cambridge Advanced Program on Rethinking Development Economics (2005) in Cambridge, UK, directed by Ha-Joon Chang, and this past summer at the IPD-Brooks Poverty Institute’s Workshop on Poverty, Inequality, and Globalization in Manchester, UK, directed by Joseph Stiglitz. Her areas of interest are development economics, with a focus on inequality, poverty and gender. Her dissertation work is on the impact of land ownership inequality on rural factor markets in Turkey.

Prior to her masters in economics, Gül was a financial dealer and stock exchange broker in Istanbul Stock Exchange Market and Money and Bonds and Bills market from 1993-1997.

Besides her academic interests, she loves to play basketball, take pictures, hike, and wants to go into Turkish politics and become president in the future, after finally completing her Ph.D.

Focus: Agriculture, Development, Economy, Gender, Poverty, Turkey

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2008

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