İpek İlkkaracan

Member of the IAFFE Board of Directors

Women's Studies Center
Istanbul Technical University
Istanbul, Turkey 

İpek İlkkaracan (ilkkaracan@itu.edu.tr) is an associate professor of economics at İstanbul Technical University, Faculty of Management; associate director of the ITU Women’s Studies Center; and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. She holds a BA in political science from Swarthmore College, PA and an MA and Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research, NY. Her research areas include macroeconomics of unemployment and wages, labor market inequalities, work-life balance policies, time use, the care economy, and sustainable growth. Ilkkaracan’s 2010 edited volume on Work-Family Reconciliation Policies and Labor Market Inequalities on a cross-country comparative research study of seven OECD countries including Turkey, is the first-ever publication in Turkish on the issue of work-life balance.

İlkkaracan serves on the editorial board of Feminist Economics and is an elected board member of the Middle Eastern Economics Association and the International Association for Feminist Economics. She acts as the country expert on Turkey in the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality, reporting to the European Commission on a quarterly basis; and has recently joined a five-member advisory board for the UNDP Human Development Report on Turkey on Inclusive Growth. İlkkaracan is also a founding member of the Gender, Macroeconomics, and International Economics GEM-Europe network; Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways and the Women’s Labor and Employment Initiative (KEIG) Platform in Turkey.


Updated October 2015