KOÇ-KAM Gender Studies Center


About Us

The Center for Gender Studies at Koc University (KOÇ-KAM) is established as an interdisciplinary hub for gender research and gender studies in March 2010. KOÇ-KAM brings faculty and researchers from multiple disciplines such as sociology, social psychology, history, law, nursing, philosophy and political science together in order to share their research, conduct collaborative national and international projects and undertake various academic and training activities within and outside the university on issues pertaining to women and gender. As a hub for gender studies, KOC-KAM also holds a competitive funding program to support outstanding academic research projects on gender issues and runs the Gender Studies Certificate Program at Koç University. KOÇ-KAM frequently organizes conferences, panels and seminar series to inform a wider audience on gender related research that intersects with various disciplines and fosters debate on gender issues between scholars, students, civil society actors, artists and policy-makers.

KOÇ-KAM is located in Koc University’s Rumelifeneri Campus. The Executive Board consists of nine faculty members from various departments in Koc University. Since 2010, Prof. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı serves as the director and Assoc. Prof. Hülya Şimga as the vice-director. Prof. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı summarizes KOÇ-KAM’s rationale as follows:

The Center for Gender Studies at Koç University is active since 2010. Our past, current and future projects and activities have scientific and applied relevance. KOÇ-KAM’s mission contains a wide array of goals, including scientific and applied research and education as well as collaboration with gender studies centers in other universities and non-governmental organizations working on women’s and gender issues in order to raise public awareness on gender and to shape gender policies.


Prof. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı
Director, KOÇ-KAM