Ayşe Seda Yüksel received her PhD from Central European University, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology in 2014. Her PhD dissertation, The Localization of Neoliberalism: State Rescaling, War and Culture in Southeast Turkey, which was awarded summa cum laude and received the ‘Best Dissertation Award’ at CEU in 2015, focuses on the processes of neoliberal restructuring and the constitution of local markets in southeast Turkey since the early 2000s. In the last two years, Yuksel worked as a Post-doc researcher at Vienna University and as an independent researcher at various NGOs including Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly. She is now a research fellow in Istanbul Studies Center at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. She has research and teaching experience in the areas of political and economic sociology, anthropology, cultural theory and media studies. Her current research interests include processes of capitalist urbanization, Kurdish issue in Turkey, state rescaling, material culture and construction of markets and urban images.