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Didem Derya Özdemir Kaya

Biography

Didem received her bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations, and her master’s degree in sociology from Bogazici University.

She worked as a social researcher for Mor Cati Women’s Shelter Foundation on a project funded by European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights; a research assistant in a collaborative multi-sited whistleblowing research funded by ACCA and ESRC; a lead researcher at Ermioni Conlsulting in a consultancy research project commissioned by a local authority in the UK; a research assistant in an impact case study supported by WBS, University of Greenwich Business School and Queen’s Management School, Belfast.

Since beginning her PhD studies in 2014, she assumed teaching responsibilities in MSc, MiB and undergraduate modules on business ethics and change management at WBS.

She provided peer reviews for manuscripts submitted to Organization Studies, Organization, Ephemera and EURAM since 2015.

Publications

Books and Book chapters:
Ozdemir Kaya, D. D., Kenny, K., Fotaki, M., Vandekerckhove, W. (2018) ‘A Comparative Study of Speak-Up Arrangements in Banking, Engineering and Healthcare Sectors’, (Forthcoming from Wiley).
Aykuz, H., Ayata, G., Bayram, D., Buyukgoze, S., Cavusoglu, S., Gokdemir, I., Gurkan, D., Isildak, Z., Ozdemir, D. D., Ozdemir, E., Ozkan, O., Tayli, U., Ucan, A., Yayintas, A. (2014), Adaletin Cinsiyeti: Erkek Şiddeti ile Mücadelede Hukuki Deneyimler [Gender of Justice: Experiences with the Judicial System in the Struggle Against Male Violence], Mor Cati Yayinlari: Istanbul.

Conference Papers:
Ozdemir Kaya, D. D. (2017), 'Making of the Limbo: Refugees and Citizens at the Edge of Hell in Turkey', Paper Presented to the Contested Borderscapes Conference, Mytilene-Lesvos, Greece.
Vandekerckhove, W., Kenny, K., Fotaki, M. & Ozdemir Kaya, D. (2016) Leave the body there for a while: Difficulties in responding to voice through speak-up arrangements. 30th British Academy of Management Conference, Newcastle, UK.
Ozdemir Kaya, D. D., Saglam, E. (2015), 'Organizing For Peace: Towards A Psychoanalytic Reflexivity In Organizational Research', Paper presented to the July 4th EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece.
Ozdemir Kaya, D. D. (2013), ‘"The Show" in the restaurant: affective economy and staging gender in the culinary sector', Paper presented to the July 5th EGOS Colloquium, Montréal, Canada.

Technical Reports & Guides:
Fotaki, M., Kenny, K., Vandekerckhove, W., Humantito, I. J., Ozdemir Kaya, D. D. (2017), ‘Short Guide: Designing and Implementing Effective Speak-up Arrangements’, Warwick Business School, available at: https://www.wbs.ac.uk/wbs2012/assets/PDF/downloads/press/The%20Whistleblowing%20Guidelines.pdf.
Vandekerckhove, W., Fotaki, M., Kenny, K., Humantito, I. J., Ozdemir Kaya, D. D. (2016), ‘Effective speak-up arrangements for whistle-blowers: A multi-case study on the role of responsiveness, trust and culture’, ACCA & ESRC, available at: http://www.accaglobal.com/content/dam/acca/global/PDF-technical/corporate-governance/ACCA-ESRC%20Effective%20Speak-Up%20Arrangements%20for%20Whistle-Blowers%20-%20Recommendations%20for%20Managers.pdf.
Vandekerckhove, W., Fotaki, M., Kenny, K., Humantito, I. J., Ozdemir Kaya, D. D. (2016), 'Effective speak-up arrangements for whistle-blowers: Recommendations for Directors', ACCA & ESRC, available at: http://www.accaglobal.com/content/dam/acca/global/PDF-technical/corporate-governance/ACCA-ESRC%20Effective%20Speak-Up%20Arrangements%20for%20Whistle-Blowers%20-%20Recommendations%20for%20Directors.pdf.
Vandekerckhove, W., Fotaki, M., Kenny, K., Humantito, I. J., Ozdemir Kaya, D. D. (2016), 'Effective speak-up arrangements for whistle-blowers: Recommendations for Managers', ACCA & ESRC, available at: http://www.accaglobal.com/content/dam/acca/global/PDF-technical/corporate-governance/ACCA-ESRC%20Effective%20Speak-Up%20Arrangements%20for%20Whistle-Blowers%20-%

Research topic

Didem’s research is focused on affective labour of fine-dining chefs in Istanbul, Turkey. Recent theories on work attracted her attention to two phenomena that reshaped organisations and macro-level relations of production: first, pleasurable experiences and affects are becoming central to production across organisations, sectors, and socio-political contexts; second, there is a tendency to establish work as the main pillar of one’s identity by turning it into the primary object of love, enjoyment and affective investment. The recent transformation in the fine-dining sector in Istanbul is illustrative of how production of affect and affective investment in one’s job are intermingled in the psychic life of work, which is organized around narratives of love. By carrying out an ethnographic research on ‘love for work’ in the fine-dining context, Didem tries to understand affectivity of contemporary forms of labour. Her research benefits from the affective labour debate, the post-Fordist theory, psychosocial studies, and Lacanian and Spinozist (organisational) theories of affect.

Psychosocial research, Lacanian theory, affect theory, affective labour, post-Fordist literature.

Supervisors

Marianna Fotaki and Nick Llewellyn

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