Centre for Research and Application of Human Rights




Prof. Dr. İoanna KUÇURADİ
She graduated from the Philosophy Department of Istanbul University in 1959 and started working in the same department as assistant of Prof. Dr. Takiyettin Mengüşoğlu. She received her Ph.D. in 1965 with the thesis on "Schopenhauer's and Nietzsche's Conceptions of the Human Being". Between 1965-1968 she worked at Atatürk University, Erzurum, in which she gave courses of philosophy, latin and poetry. 

 In 1968 she joined Hacettepe University, in which she established the Department of Philosophy in 1969 and chaired until 2003. She became associate profesor in 1970 and full profesor in 1978. She also established the Centre of Research and Application of Human Rights at Hacettepe University in 1997 and started concudting an M.A. and a Ph.D. programme in human rights.

Ioanna Kuçuradi, who also holds a UNESCO Chair for Philosophy and Human Rights since 1998, is at present the Director of  the Human Rights Centre of Maltepe University and of the M.A. Programme of Human Rights.



Prof. Dr. Hülya ŞİMGA

Prof. Hülya Şimga got her bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Boğaziçi University. She then went to the USA and did her master’s and Ph. D. in philosophy at Duquesne University. She is currently a faculty member at Maltepe University, holding a double appointment in the Philosophy Department and the Human Rights Centre. Her work concentrates on gender studies, women’s human rights and ethics. She serves as a board member in the Philosophical Society of Turkey and Kuçuradi Philosophy and Human Rights Foundation. She also served as the Vice-Director of Gender Equality Division of Turkish National Commission for UNESCO (2014-2018). She has a book (A Question for Humanity: Sexism, Oppression and Women’s Human Rights) forthcoming from Lit Verlag as well as articles published in journals such as Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Asian Journal of Women’s Studies.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muttalip ÖZCAN 
He received his undergraduate degree in Philsophy at Middle East Technical University in 1992. He received his M.A. degree with the thesis entitled "Aristotellian Ethics and Macintyre's Conception of Virtues" in 2001 and his Ph.D. with a thesis entitles " The Role of Individual and of the Person on The Formation of The Sphere of Historical-Being" in 2006, from Hacettepe Universtiy. He worked for the Turkish Ministre of Education as teacher from 1996 to 2006 and at Süleyman Demirel University Department of Philosophy as a lecturer from 2006-2012, when he joined Maltepe University.

His research focus mainly on Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics, the Problem of Freedom, Human Rights, Nietzsche and Aristotle. 

Assist. Prof. Dr. Bergen COŞKUN ÖZÜAYDIN
She graduated from the Department of Business Administration of Istanbul University in 1998. She worked as copywriter and as actress in Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theaters from 2000 to 2006. In the year 2004 she started studying philosophy at Maltepe University, from which she graduated with a double major degree in philosophy and psychologhy in 2008. She got her M. A. degree at Maltepe University in 2008 and her Ph. Dr. at Maltepe University in 2015.

At present she is assistant professor in the Human Rights Centre of Maltepe University. Her main areas of work are philosophical anthropologhy, ethics, human rights, existentialism and contemporary philosophy.