Ozsel Beleli

Ozsel Beleli

Adjunct Lecturer
International Development

Background and Education

Özsel Beleli works at the intersection of social policy, human rights and governance issues. She has spent many years designing and implementing social development programs for communities affected by conflict and poverty. She has also been actively involved in research-based advocacy efforts in basic education and early childhood development in her home country, Turkey. Özsel has experience working for governmental, non-governmental and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNICEF, and Bernard van Leer Foundation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Özsel holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a Master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is working towards her DPhil at the University of Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention. She has recently been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Sociology and Bilkent University’s Department of Political Science and Public Management. Her current research focuses on the political and organizational determinants of bureaucrats’ involvement in social policymaking processes in developing countries.

Currently a visiting research associate and an adjunct lecturer in IDEV, Özsel is teaching Basic Education in Low and Middle Income Countries during the Spring 2016 term. 

2015-11-04 00:00:00 
Spring 2019 
This course aim...
This course aims to introduce students to contemporary discussions on designing and delivering basic education (primary and lower secondary level) services in low and middle income countries. The course pays special attention to lessons learned for improving access to and quality of education. The readings focus primarily on basic education with some discussion on early childhood education and care. We begin this 2-credit course with a general introduction about the ongoing debates at the global and national level about the successes and shortcomings of recent interventions for improving basic education in low and middle income countries. During the second section of the course, we will have the opportunity to learn about both demand and supply-side obstacles to providing basic education to all children. During the third and major section of the course, we will examine the evidence about the effectiveness of a wide range of efforts at improving access to and quality of basic education, including but not limited to class size, teacher training, cash transfer, and technological interventions. The course is run as a seminar so the students are expected to do the assigned readings prior to each session. At the end of the course, students will have familiarity with both the pertinent academic literature on basic education interventions in low and middle income countries, and the key reports published by international development organizations. Students will also have the opportunity to practice their policy analysis skills through the policy memo assignments.