Dr. Begüm Basdas received her PhD in Geography from the University of California Los Angeles in 2007 and her MA in Art History from the University of California Riverside in 2001. Her BA was in Sociology at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. After her PhD, Begüm worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Geography Department - Open University in UK. She also worked as the Campaigns and Activism Coordinator at Amnesty International Turkey between 2012 - 2018. Begüm is a cultural, urban and feminist geographer and offers lectures on human rights, social movements, migration, gender studies and queer theory.
Begüm’s current research areas are refugee rights, migration, gender and sexuality. Her project titled “Masculinities on the Move: Spatial Politics of Solidarity and Care Among Refugees in Germany and Greece” focuses on the re-construction of masculinities of refugee men as they move across European borders. She explores how Afghan refugee men through their everyday spatial practices build relations of care and places of solidarity in Berlin and Lesvos island. The research uses feminist methodologies and participatory research methods in Geography.