Upon graduating from Politicial Science and International Relations in Bosphorus University, Ceren pursued a career in humanitarian action since 2003. She has mostly worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in multiple forced displacement settings including Eypgt, Ngara refugee camp in Tanzania, Van in Turkey , Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, the Choucha refugee camp in Tunisia, South Sudan, Malaysia, the Director’s Office in Jordan for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and finally in Global Data Service in Denmark until July 2021. Throughout her work with UNHCR, Ceren has developed and implemented multiple digital engagement and knowledge management projects; participated in emergency responses; led the development of a core curriculum on statelessness in sub-regional mix-migratory contexts of South-East Asia, worked on policy, communications, community of practice for data and knolwedge, creative content development for advocacy campaigns and capacity building within different regional and global capacities.
Ceren is a hybrid theory/practitioner whose work engages the theory of digital media with a focus on the structure and power of narrative that interfaces with story elements (text, audio visual) and mediators (visualization, interface). She holds a master’s degree in Refugee Studies from the University of East London where her work on mediating binary identities in forced displacement settings through audio, visual, and textual forms was also exhibited in 2011. She has been pursuing her doctoral studies in Creative and Critical Practice in the School of Media, Film, and Music at the University of Sussex since 2019. Her current academic practice in digital humanities is concerned with bringing the fields of digital media practices for development and social change, forced displacement, critical data, and human computer interaction into a cross-disciplinary conversation. She is currently working towards an activist interactive documentary for underrepresented communities in the digital domains.