Sevda is a PhD candidate at Pompeu Fabra University and a member of research groups GRITIM and DEMOSOC. Currently, she is doing research on forced migrants coping strategies within the waiting zones at the external border of European Union, primarily focusing on Greece, Italy and Spain.

She has experience in consultancy research on evidence-based assessment of migration deals and the impacts on migrant and refugee rights. She holds a research master degree on Migration Studies at University of Pompeu Fabra (2017) and completed another master degree on Social Development Practice at University College London (2015) as a Jean Monnet scholar. Previously, she completed her BSc on Political Science and International Relations Department at Bogazici University (2013).  


Doctoral Thesis

Title: Forced migrants’ decision making in transit

Supervisor: John Palmer 



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Alpes, M. J., Tunaboylu, S., Ulusoy, O., Hassan, S., (2017), Post-deportation risks under the EU-Turkey Statement: What happens after readmission to Turkey, EUI Policy Brief (30). (http://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/49005)

Tunaboylu, S. & Alpes, J (2017). The EU-Turkey deal: what happens to people who return to Turkey? , Forced Migration Review, February 2017. (http://www.fmreview.org/sites/fmr/files/FMRdownloads/en/resettlement/post-deportation.pdf)

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Tunaboylu, S. (2016), Review: Post-deportation Risks:  Criminalized departure and risk for returnees in countries of origin, Rights in Exile Newsletter; (http://rightsinexile.tumblr.com/post/136383665062/review-of-post-deportation-risks-criminalised)