Dr Duman is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose main areas of specialization sit at the intersection of social and political psychology of migration and displacement, integration, identity, and peacebuilding and conflict resolution. He is also a member of the Psychosocial Wellbeing, Integration and Protection Research Cluster at the IGHD.
In addition to his role at IGHD, Yasin holds the position of Postdoc Researcher at KU Leuven, where he conducts research on the return and reintegration process of the internally displaced Êzidî (Yazidi) community in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). He has seven years of experience in humanitarian field in Turkey, Kurdistan, and Iraq. Before joining QMU in 2023, Yasin worked as a Program Officer in the Peacebuilding and Stabilization Division at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Iraq and KRI. On behalf of IOM Iraq, he also delivered an interdisciplinary module titled "Migration and Displacement from a Psychosocial Perspective" at the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH).
Yasin earned his MA degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Sabanci University, where his research focused on the emergence and evolution of Rojava Democratic Autonomy from a peacebuilding and conflict resolution perspective. He holds a BA degree in Psychology from Boğaziçi University, where his research centred on perceptions of peace and conflict resolution among Kurdish and Turkish communities in Belgium and Turkey.
Dr. Duman's research interest lies at the intersection of social and political psychology of migration and displacement, integration, identity, and peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
Active research interests
Mental health and psychosocial interventions; Refugee integration in Turkey; Return and reintegration of IDPs in Kurdistan; Social identity and identity politics; Majority-minority and intra-minority relations.
Dr. Duman teaches in the following areas:
- Psychosocial Support Interventions for Displaced Populations
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
- Community-Based Psychosocial Support (with Dr. Kathleen Rutledge)