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Economics PhD student wins the Emerging Scholar Award

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Economics PhD student wins the Emerging Scholar Award

We are proud to announce that PhD candidate Ozge Demirci has won the Emerging Scholar Award for her research in diversity, equality and inclusion.

The Emerging Scholar Award is annually given to an outstanding early career scholar by the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Research Network, an interdisciplinary academic organisation connecting researchers from various fields, including economics, business, and computer science. This year's award was announced at the Network's Annual Conference held virtually in June. The award committee were impressed by the quality of work in Ozge's portfolio, her research agenda, and her dedication to the field of discrimination and diversity.

Ozge's research focuses on the intersection of discrimination and digital economics with applications to behaviour of individuals and firms. She investigates the role of information in overcoming discrimination, especially in digital technologies such as algorithms and digital platforms. She studies questions including whether removing group information such as race and gender can alleviate bias in the algorithms or whether people from historically disadvantaged groups can obtain better results on digital platforms by providing more information about their individual characteristics. Her research aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of information in reducing discrimination digitally.

Ozge commented about receiving the award:

"It is an honour to receive this Emerging Scholar Award. When choosing to conduct research on discrimination and diversity, I strongly felt that this is an important subject with an impact. This award recognises that there is real interest in this issue, and I hope to see more research in this field."

We congratulate Ozge on her award and wish her further success in the future.

Find out more about Ozge's research