Ipek Eren Vural

Dalhousie University

Ipek Eren Vural

Dalhousie University

Areas of interest

Financialization, politics of drug regulation, health policy, gene therapy products, venture capital, private equity fund investments, public private partnerships

Biography

Dr. Ipek Eren Vural is a political scientist. She holds an M.Sc. in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. She is a former tenured professor of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

Dr. Vural’s research interests and teaching expertise lie primarily in the fields of comparative politics and public policy with a particular specialization on social and health policies. She published broadly on pharmaceutical policy, the political economy of intellectual property rights and access to drugs, politics of European social policy, and the impacts of financialization on health care policies, and households.

Currently, she is a Research Associate at Dalhousie University, where she leads a research project titled “Regulatory Transparency of Pharmaceuticals at Health Canada.” Focussing on the regulation of gene therapy products, this research analyses how financialization affects pharmaceutical policies and techno-scientific standards of drug approval in Canada.