2013 Summer Seminar, July 15-18, Krakow, Poland


İpek İlkkaracan Ajas has a B.A. in Political Science form Swarthmore College, PA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York. She currently  teaches at Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Management as Associate Professor of Economics. İlkkaracan is the author of a number of published books, articles and reports on unemployment and wages, women’s employment, the gender wage gap, informal and rural labor markets, technological innovation and indigenous knowledge. Her recent research work is on the care economy, time-use and work-family life balance.

In addition to her academic career, Ilkkaracan has also been engaged for many years with international governmental and  non-profit organizations professionally as well as an activist. She has worked with the U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) headquarters in New York for 6 years. She is a founding member and former Director of Board of Managers of Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways (WWHR), an active women’s organization based in Istanbul, working at both the national level in Turkey and internationally. At WWHR, she was actively involved in development of the Human Rights Education Program for Women, the longest running and the most widespread human rights training program in Turkey and the region. She also has a number of NGO publications on advocacy and lobbying with NGOs and on women’s human rights training.

Ipek Ilkkaracan is a founding member of the Women’s Labor and Employment Initiative (the KEIG Platform), the Center for Women’s Studies in Science, Engineering and Technology at Istanbul Technical University, and the Gender and Macroeconomics Working Group GEM-Turkey network.



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