Aylin Topal is an
Associate Professor of Department of Political Science and Public
Administration at Middle East Technical University. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Critical Sociology and Praksis Journals. She holds a
Phd in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.
Aylin Topal’s research interests lie in the political economy of development
and agrarian change. She is the author of Boosting
Competitiveness through Decentralization: A Subnational Comparison of Local
Development in Mexico, (Ashgate Publishing, 2012; Routledge 2016). She has published several articles and
chapters in edited volumes on regional, urban and rural development in Mexico
and state-capital-labour relations under neoliberalism in Turkey. Her articles
were published in high ranking SSCI journals such as Journal of Urban Affairs, Critical Sociology, International Journal of
Urban and Regional Research, Climate and Development, Women’s Studies
International Forum. She is currently writing on neoliberal social policies
comparing Turkey and Brazil and carrying out a book project on microcredit
policies in Mexico.