Dr Belgin Okay-Somerville
- Lecturer in Human Resource Management (Management)
telephone: 014133 2706
Belgin joined the Adam Smith Business School as Lecturer in HRM in January 2017. Prior to this appointment, she took lectureship posts in Stirling Management School (2014 - 2017) and the University of Aberdeen Business School (2012 - 2014). Belgin is a work psychologist by training and received a BSc Psychology at the University of Nottingham, and an MA Industrial/Organisational Psychology at Koc University in Turkey. Her teaching and research covers various areas of work and vocational psychology and human resource management.
Belgin's main research interests centre around understanding individuals (in particular university graduates) experience of work and career progression. Her PhD research (University of Strathclyde, 2013) aimed to understand contemporary graduate careers and examined job quality in graduate labour market, the role of career self-management for securing good first jobs upon graduation and the impact of early underemployment on later career progression.
Belgin is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology.
Belgin is a member of the Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Graduate labour market
- University-to-work transitions
- Job search
- Career development/mobility/transitions
- Job quality
- Labour market entry
- Job search and work-related wellbeing
- British Academy Small Research Grant (lead applicant): University-to-work transitions: the role of career self-management in graduate employability and employment success, Co-applicant: Professor Dora Scholarios (University of Strathclyde), July 2014 - August 2017.
- Principal’s Excellence Fund, University of Aberdeen (May, 2014)
Belgin is interested in supervising PhD projects focusing on work psychology, in particular, careers, job quality, employability and skill utilisation.
Belgin’s teaching spans various aspects of human resource management, organisational behaviour and work psychology.