School of Social and Political Science

Elif Buse Doyuran

Job Title

PhD Student


I am an economic sociologist broadly interested in digital markets and platform economies. My current research focuses on the mobilisation of behavioural economic models and methodologies in digital marketing and design practices. I interview marketers, designers, engineers who devise, test and implement behavioural interventions online, to gather detailed descriptions of their everyday practices and of the socio-technical devices that partake in their actions.


Prof Donald MacKenzie

Dr Liz McFall

Publications & Conferences

Doyuran EB (2021) Book Review: How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism by Cory Doctorow, Journal of Cultural Economy 14:5, 612-615.

(Co-presenter) Socio-Material Adaptations and the Role of ‘Digital Affective’ Premises in a Pandemic City (The Covid Arcadia Project). Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Annual Meeting [online]. 3 July 2021.

(Presenter) Reassembling the Behavioural Apparatus. The University of Edinburgh Department of Sociology New Directions Conference [online]. 6 May 2021.

(Co-panelist) The Social Machine: The Ethics and Epistemology of Computational Sociology. The University of Edinburgh Department of Sociology New Directions Conference [online]. 5 May 2021.  


PhD Sociology, The University of Edinburgh (2020 - ongoing)

MSc Human Rights (Sociology), London School of Economics and Political Science (2018 - 2019)

BA Political Science and International Relations (minor in Economics), Bogazici University (2014 - 2018)


The University of Edinburgh CAHSS College Research Award (2020 - 2023)

The University of Edinburgh Graduate School of SPS International Award (2020 - 2023)

Research assistance

Networks Project (on the career histories of finance professionals in the risk management field). Lead Investigators: Dr Taylor Spears and Dr Tod Van Gunten (July - August 2021)

COVID Arcadia: Socio-Material Adaptations and the Role of ‘Digital Affective’ premises in a Pandemic City. Lead investigator: Dr Liz McFall, Collaborators: Idil Galip, Addie McGowan, Kath Bassett (January - June 2021)


Tutor on Sociology 2A: Thinking Sociologically (2021 - ongoing)

Research interests

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