Asli Kandemir


  • Research Fellow Free Expression in Schools, Education

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PhD projects

Sociology of inequalities; sociology of education; race, racism, and education; political sociology; critical border studies; critical whiteness studies; policy studies.


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Personal profile


I am a sociologist who undertakes interdisciplinary research with advanced qualitative methods. Having completed my PhD at Liverpool Hope University as a Vice Chancellor’s Scholar, my research lies at the intersection of state power, symbolic borders, and cultural racism. Prior, I gained an MA in International Relations from Durham University as a Jean Monnet Scholar, an MA in Sociology and an MEd from Ankara University, following my BSc in Sociology and a Minor degree in History of Philosophy from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

I am currently writing her first book on tolerance, power, and community cohesion, exploring how the value of tolerance is instrumentalised through education policy and political discourse to govern ethnic communities and youth and reinstate cultural hierarchy in Britain.

I have recently become a certified mentor/coach. My focus is on academic mentoring and professional coaching. I am also a peer-reviewer for several international academic journals in the fields of sociology, education, and research methods. I am a former radio DJ and an avid capoeirista.

Research interests

The State and state power, racial and religious inequalities, class inequalities, racism and education policy and practice, gender and sexuality, populism studies, symbolic border-making, cultural racism, advanced qualitative research methods including ethnography, policy analysis, basic quantitative research methods.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Tolerance in the question of community cohesion: A case study on a British-Turkish community group in the North(-West) of England, Liverpool Hope University

Award Date: 17 Jun 2022

External positions

Lecturer, Keele University

1 Jan 201914 Jul 2020


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Social justice
  • Social inequalities
  • Social cohesion
  • Social class
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Populism
  • HM Sociology
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • L Education (General)
  • Education policy
  • Public education
  • Critical Pedagogies


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