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IOE academic awarded prestigious European research prize

7 October 2019

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) academic Dr Ozan Aksoy has won the Raymond Boudon Award for early career achievement.

Ozan Aksoy

The honour is awarded by the European Academy of Sociology and celebrates early career scholars who substantially contribute to European sociology through their work. 

Dr Aksoy’s research focuses on cooperation and prosocial behaviour, and the political sociology of religion. He uses laboratory experiments, natural experiments, observational data, and formal modelling as research tools.

His recent research examines cases where politics and religion meet. He studied the rise of political Islam in Turkey and its effects on the demographic behaviour of Turkish citizens. Using this he explained individual differences in certain religious practices such as veiling.

Dr Aksoy will receive a medal and deliver a keynote at the next the European Academy of Sociology (EAS) annual meeting in Paris.

Dr Aksoy said: “I am honoured and grateful to have received the 2019 Raymond Boudon award from the European Academy of Sociology. I fully endorse the Academy’s mission in promoting sociology and maintaining rigorous disciplinary standards on a Europe-wide basis. Raymond Boudon’s work has influenced my own research and teaching. It is thus very motivating to receive this meaningful recognition from the Academy.”

Professor David Voas, Head of the Department of Social Science at the IOE, said: “I’m very pleased that Ozan has received this award. Past recipients of this award are among the rising stars in the field internationally. Apart from his exceptional research, recognised here, Ozan has also made enormous contributions to teaching and institutional citizenship in the department.”

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