İpek İlkkaracan


Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Management

İpek İlkkaracan is a full-time Professor of Economics at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey; a research scholar with the Levy Economics Institute in New York, a research fellow with the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo and an associate editor with Feminist Economics. In 2018-2020 she was based at the University of Rome-Sapienza in Italy as a Visiting Professor. Ipek received her Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 2001. She became a member of IAFFE as a graduate student in 2000 and was an elected member of the IAFFE Board of Directors in 2015-2018. She also served as a board member of the Middle Eastern Economics Association in 2013-2015.

Ipek’s research interests lie in economic and social policy, the care economy and time-use, gender and macroeconomics, political economy of gender, labor markets and development.  Between 2009-2013, instigated by her collaborations with the Turkish and German Greens, she developed the concept of the ‘Purple Economy’, which depicts a gender-egalitarian, caring and sustainable economy. The concept was adopted as a policy advocacy tool by feminist organizations such as the European Women’s Lobby (Brussels), the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia-Pacific (Kuala Lumpur) and Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways (Istanbul). She has been involved as an activist and development practitioner with feminist NGOs and development agencies. She is a founding member of Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways, Women’s Labor and Employment Platform in Turkey, the ITU Women’s Studies Center and the Gender and Macroeconomics GEM-Europe Network.  She works with development agencies such as the ILO, UNDP, UN ESCAP, UN Women and the IMF in the context of various applied policy research studies, development of policy tools and trainings, focusing for most part on Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Vision/Priorities for IAFFE as President-elect -- IAFFE provides a unique academic home for feminist economists to network and collaborate through its annual conference as well as the ASSA sessions. The FE journal provides the opportunity to publish and disseminate high caliber work in feminist economics. It is an honor for me to be invited to be a candidate for President-elect by the IAFFE Nominations Committee. My vision is to ensure that IAFFE is further strengthened as a sustainable and diverse institution with impact on economic and social policy discourses. There has been an important momentum in IAFFE in recent years to improve member engagement and participation in decision-making. Some concrete steps have been taken in response to demand from the membership for more participatory and transparent governance; these efforts need to be monitored and evaluated to ensure their effectiveness and sustainability. Another priority is to increase membership in general, but particularly for young scholars, scholars from the global South and underrepresented groups. I think it is important to prepare for and support a generational shift in leadership and management of the organization. 


Updated July 2022.