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Arzu Karakulak
Arzu Karakulak
2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellow

Arzu Karakulak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Bahcesehir University. In 2015, she obtained a joint PhD from Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and Koc University (Turkey) in the domain of Social, Industrial-Organizational and Cross-Cultural Psychology. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a psychologist in Germany, where she also obtained her master’s degree in Psychology from the Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen. She is a Turkish-German scholar with research interests in the cross-cultural comparative study of antecedents and outcomes of prosocial behavior including volunteering and the functions of various forms of social identity (e.g., ethnic, religious, national) for the well-being and acculturation of minority youth. Additionally, she is interested in studying the universal and cultural-specific precursors of moral decision-making and leadership emergence. Her research has been published in high impact peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Personality and Individual Differences, and the Journal of Adolescence. She is an affiliated academician at the Bahcesehir University Center for Migration and Urban Studies (BAUMUS) and the Koc University Leadership Lab.

Project:"Unpuzzling the Pandemic-Prejudice Link: Understanding How and When the Threat of COVID-19 Leads to Prejudice Against Refugees"

With its high mortality rate, severe restrictions, and heavy economic losses, the COVID-19 pandemic has evoked major threat perceptions that have nurtured violence, ethnocentrism, extremism, and prejudice against minority group members. Yet, reactions to the threat of COVID-19 have been manifold. Not every individual and not every society have reacted with heightened prejudice against minority group members. My research project tackles this issue. By combining prominent social-psychological (i.e., Social Identity Theory and Integrated Threat Theory) and evolutionary approaches (i.e., Pathogen Avoidance Model), my research aims to understand the psychological and socio-cultural conditions that help to reduce prejudice against refugees while simultaneously promoting the well-being of young adults. The knowledge gained from this project will not only be relevant for the challenges we face in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic but will also equip scientists and policy-makers with strategies to better manage future global upheavals, for instance, in relation to the effects of climate change on our globalized economies and the dynamics of scarcity.

Young Adults’ Feelings about Refugees amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Italy

2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellow Arzu Karakulak's analysis "Young Adults’ Feelings about Refugees amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Italy" was published in February 2022.

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Young Adults' Feelings about Refugees amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Germany

2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellow Arzu Karakulak's analysis "Young Adults’ Feelings about Refugees amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Germany" was published in February 2022.

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The Pandemic–Prejudice Link: Young Adults’ Feelings about Refugees amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellow Arzu Karakulak's analysis "The Pandemic–Prejudice Link: Young Adults’ Feelings about Refugees amid the COVID-19 Pandemic" was published in January 2022.

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Welcoming of the 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellows

We welcome our 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellows Anna Zadrożna, Arzu Karakulak, Ezgi Ediboğlu, Onur Sazak, Sibel Karadağ and Theocharis Grigoriadis.

Anna Zadrożna | Green Spaces for Cities Survival: Use and Perception of Green Spaces in Istanbul and Strategies for their Sustainable Governance

Arzu Karakulak | Unpuzzling the Pandemic-Prejudice Link: Understanding How and When the Threat of COVID-19 Leads to Prejudice Against Refugees

Ezgi Ediboğlu | The Technology Roadmap on Combating Climate Change: A Proposal for Turkey

Onur Sazak | Reengaging European Philanthropy in the Restoration of Turkish Civil Society

Sibel Karadağ | On the Eve of a New “Deal”: Scope, Actors, and Method

Theocharis Grigoriadis | German-style Energy Transitions: Wind Energy & Development in Turkey

The Impact of the Pandemic on Prejudice Against Refugees

Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative organized a roundtable discussion “The Impact of the Pandemic on Prejudice Against Refugees (Pandemi’nin Mültecilere Karşı Önyargı Üzerindeki Etkisi)” with the initiative of 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellow Arzu Karakulak on March 22.

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Arzu Karakulak and Çiğdem Bağcı

Arzu Karakulak and Çiğdem Bağcı were hosted by Pelin Oğuz at the 83rd episode of “Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” program titled "Suriyeliler, Sosyal Psikoloji ve Pandemi" organized by the IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative in cooperation with Medyascope. 

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The Welcoming of the 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 11 at Barbare Vineyard House. The event began with welcoming remarks by IPC Director Fuat Keyman and Stiftung Mercator Director Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a movie screening that introduced the 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellows Anna Zadrożna, Arzu Karakulak, Ezgi Ediboğlu, Onur Sazak, Sibel Karadağ and Theocharis Grigoriadis.

Please click here to watch the video.

Welcoming of the 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 11 at Barbare Vineyard House. The event began with welcoming remarks by IPC Director Fuat Keyman and Stiftung Mercator Director Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a movie screening that introduced the 2021/22 Mercator-IPC Fellows Anna Zadrożna, Arzu Karakulak, Ezgi Ediboğlu, Onur Sazak, Sibel Karadağ and Theocharis Grigoriadis.

 

Pleace click here for the event.