About me

Hello, I am Betül Seda.

I am a PhD researcher at the University of Stirling working on communication and learning practices in multilingual business environments. I have obtained my Master’s degree on Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. My PhD project investigates communication and identity practices within the migrant business space, and the role of spatial arrangement within these practices. The project has its roots in linguistic ethnography, discourses of migration and integration, and liminal spaces. In my research, I put my knowledge in teacher training, multilingual language materials development, instructional design, and family language policies into use.  

I am also the Head Advisor on the project “Network of Laz and Circassian Civil Societies” funded by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. The project spans across 36 months with the aim of creating an international network of endangered languages, creating awareness worldwide on the endangered languages of Turkey, in particular Laz and Circassian, as well as contributing to the available body of knowledge on endangered languages in Turkish.

I have extensive learning & development experience in both industry and academic settings. I have worked as project leader and instructional designer, delivering courses for various training and curricula needs. I have worked with tech and industrial companies in Turkey as well as education providers across Turkey, China and Scotland. Thus, I have strong practical knowledge grounded in cutting-edge learning theories.

Currently, I am writing up my findings chapters to finish up my PhD, and I am open to learning & development roles within the industry.

  • 2011 – 2015: BA TESOL

  • 2015 – 2016: Instructional Designer & Instructor (Young Learners)

  • 2016 – 2017: MSc Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh

  • 2017 – 2018: Learning Development Officer for adult learners in various industries

  • 2018 – Ongoing: PhD TESOL, The University of Stirling

  • 2020 – Ongoing: Head Advisor on Network of Laz and Circassian Civil Societies