Melahat Sahin-Dikmen

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I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE). My background is in the sociology of work and employment, and I am interested in the class and gender dimensions of working lives and structural inequalities in employment outcomes. My interest in construction stems from my PhD, which, working with the Bourdieusian notion of field, investigated the internal dynamics, tensions and power relations that characterise architectural production. 

I took my degree in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (1997). After working in a HE library and in social housing for three years, I decided to  pursue a career in social research, and completed a master's degree in Social Research Methods (2000), also at the LSE. I then worked at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) for nine years, on a part-time basis for seven of those, balancing family and work responsibilities. Most of the projects I worked on addressed social policy concerns such as discrimination in the labour market, basic skills training provision for adults, the needs of social housing tenants, representation of ethnic minorities in higher education, women in science and academia, and family-friendly work policies and practices. The funders included the Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Education, the European Commission, non-governmental bodies (e.g. CABE) and professional institutions (e.g. RIBA). I left PSI to study for a PhD, which I worked on between 2009-2014 (University of York). I have been working at the University of Westminster since 2016.

Currently, I’m working on “Green Transitions in the Built Environment (GTBE)”, together with Professor Linda Clarke and Dr. Colin Gleeson. The objective of the research is to investigate the labour and labour process implications of the transition to a low carbon, energy efficient construction industry and the role of trade unions in implementing innovative low carbon construction projects in Europe.  The study is overseen by the International and the Built Environment Working Groups of an international research programme, “Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces – An International Perspective”, of which ProBE is a partner.

2014

A Bourdieusian Lens onto Professions, A Case Study of Architecture (2014)
Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2014. A Bourdieusian Lens onto Professions, A Case Study of Architecture. PhD thesis University of York

2010

Understanding the Worklessness and Financial Exclusion of Riverside Tenants (2010)
Francavilla, F., Kasparova, D., Taylor, R., Smeaton, D. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2010. Understanding the Worklessness and Financial Exclusion of Riverside Tenants. London Policy Studies Institute.
50+ Back to Work Evidence Review and Indicative Guide for Secondary Data Analysis (2010)
Sahin-Dikmen, M., Vegeris, S. and Smeaton, D. 2010. 50+ Back to Work Evidence Review and Indicative Guide for Secondary Data Analysis. London A report of research carried out by Policy Studies Institute on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.
Understanding the worklessness and financial exclusion of Riverside tenants (2010)
Francavilla, F., Kasparova, D., Taylor, R.F., Smeaton, D. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2010. Understanding the worklessness and financial exclusion of Riverside tenants. London Policy Studies Institute.

2009

Research report 43: Older workers: employment preferences, barriers and solutions (2009)
Smeaton, D., Vegeris, S. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2009. Research report 43: Older workers: employment preferences, barriers and solutions. EHRC.
Older workers: employment preferences, barriers and solutions (2009)
Smeaton, D., Vegeris, S. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2009. Older workers: employment preferences, barriers and solutions. Manchester EHRC.

2007

Network on Ethnicity and Women Scientists: state of the art report on the UK (2007)
Hudson, M. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2007. Network on Ethnicity and Women Scientists: state of the art report on the UK. Network on Ethnicity and Women Scientists.
Evaluation of the Pension Increase Pledge: Evidence from the first year of implementation (2007)
Sahin-Dikmen, M., Barnes, H. and Wilkinson, D. 2007. Evaluation of the Pension Increase Pledge: Evidence from the first year of implementation. A report of research carried out by Policy Studies Institute on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

2004

Minority Ethnic Students in Architecture, Final report on quantitative and qualitative research (2004)
Barnes, H., Sahin-Dikmen, M., Parry, J. and Bonjour, D. 2004. Minority Ethnic Students in Architecture, Final report on quantitative and qualitative research. CABE/RIBA.
Architecture and race: a study of black and ethnic minority students in the profession (2004)
Barnes, H., Parry, J., Sahin-Dikmen, M. and Bonjour, D. 2004. Architecture and race: a study of black and ethnic minority students in the profession. London, UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

2002

Discrimination in Europe (Report C) (2002)
Marsh, A. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2002. Discrimination in Europe (Report C). London, UK European Commission Directorate General, Employment and Social Affairs.
Discrimination in Europe (Report B) (2002)
Marsh, A. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2002. Discrimination in Europe (Report B). London, UK European Commission Directorate General, Employment and Social Affairs.
Discrimination in Europe (Report A) (2002)
Marsh, A. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2002. Discrimination in Europe (Report A). London, UK European Commission Directorate General, Employment and Social Affairs.
Minority ethnic students and practitioners in architecture: a scoping study for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (2002)
Barnes, H., Bonjour, D. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2002. Minority ethnic students and practitioners in architecture: a scoping study for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. London, UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

2010

50+ back to work evidence review and indicativeguide for secondary data analysis (2010)
Vegeris, S., Smeaton, D. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2010. 50+ back to work evidence review and indicativeguide for secondary data analysis. Norwich Department for Work and Pensions.
Older workers: employment preferences, barriers and solutions (2010)
Smeaton, D., Vegeris, S. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2010. Older workers: employment preferences, barriers and solutions. Manchester EHRC.

2005

Ethnic minority outreach: an evaluation (2005)
Barnes, H., Hudson, M., Parry, J., Sahin-Dikmen, M., Taylor, R.F. and Wilkinson, D. 2005. Ethnic minority outreach: an evaluation. Leeds, UK Corporate Document Services.

2004

Maternity and paternity rights in Britain 2002: survey of parents (2004)
Hudson, M., Lissenburgh, S. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2004. Maternity and paternity rights in Britain 2002: survey of parents. London, UK Department for Work and Pensions.

2003

Making second chances work : final report from the Qualitative Evaluation of Adult Basic Skills Pathfinder Extension Activities (2003)
Barnes, H., Hudson, M., Taylor, R.F., Parry, J. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2003. Making second chances work : final report from the Qualitative Evaluation of Adult Basic Skills Pathfinder Extension Activities. London, UK Department for Education and Skills.

2003

Working with interpreters and translators in qualitative research – issues of quality and equality (2003)
Sahin-Dikmen, M. and Barnes, H. 2003. Working with interpreters and translators in qualitative research – issues of quality and equality. Annual Conference of the Social Research Association. London
Working with interpreters and translators in qualitative research: issues of quality and equality (2003)
Barnes, H. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2003. Working with interpreters and translators in qualitative research: issues of quality and equality. Social Research Association Annual Conference. London, UK 03 Dec 2003

2002

Discrimination in Europe:Findings from analysis of EUROSTATS on perceptions and personal experiences (2002)
Sahin-Dikmen, M. 2002. Discrimination in Europe:Findings from analysis of EUROSTATS on perceptions and personal experiences. PSI Seminar Series. London

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