Dr. Mehmet Ali Dikerdem has been involved with Middlesex University for many years, teaching a wide range of

courses on Third World development, social, urban and ethnic policy studies in social sciences and humanities, and was

appointed 0.5 Lecturer in 1990 in social policy and ethnic studies, and was a founding member of the Race & Culture honours

programme (1995-2001). He was also appointed 0.5 Lecturer at Bristol University's postgraduate Development Studies programme

(1991-95)where he worked with the late Professor Peter Townsend.

Dr Dikerdem joined the Institute for Work Based Learning in 2002, becoming the Postgraduate Curriculum Leader for Work Based

Studies (2003-8) and then Programme Leader for the Masters and Doctorate in Professional Studies (M/DProf) in 2009. Apart

from the design and delivery of professional doctorates and work based learning programmes,his academic interests include

practice based research methodologies,sociology of work and professions, Gramsci studies,multiculturalism, and Turkish

migration and diaspora studies.

He is also a regular commentator on issues relating to Turkish-speaking communities in Britain and Turkish affairs. His BA

is in Politics and Modern History from Manchester University (1992) and MA and DPhil in Sociology from Sussex University

(1980).

Languages spoken

Bilingual in Turkish and English with reading knowledge of French.

Dr. Mehmet Ali Dikerdem is the Programme Leader for the transdisciplinary Masters/Doctorate in Professional Studies, Module

Leader for one of the core DProf modules on designing practitioner research and a core member of the DProf team. He has had

international experience in design and delivery of professional practice modules at different higher education levels, as

well as being invited as an External Assessor to validate similar programmes at different universities in the Britain. Over

the years, as a M/DProf programme adviser (equivalent of a PhD Director of Studies) he has successfully steered through a

large number of professional doctorate candidates in different professional fields as well as some social science PhDs.He

has examined a large number of doctorates in both categories.

Dr Dikerdem is Academic Director of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Limerick, Ireland; Link Tutor for the

Management Centre - Turkiye based in Istanbul delivering WBL masters programmes; Link Tutor for the joint WBL masters

programme with one of TUrkey's elite universities, the Middle East Technical University (2008-). He is an adviser to the

Ozer Group Educational Foundation in London.

I am currently focusing on a number of topics : such as what constitutes `doctoral' education ? Knowldge production in

practitioner doctorates;professions and professionalism; intellectual origins of pratice based pedagogies; Gramsci and

education; the `practice turn' in methodological approaches.

He is in the editorial board of Wblearning-ejournal.com and Higher Education Skills and Work-based Learning journal. He has

represented the Institute in a number of key university committees at the request of the Director. He is a founder of the

Turkish-Speaking Staff association as well as the Anglo-Turkish Education Fund at Middlesex University. He has been involved

in local and national taskforces for the enhancement of educational attainment levels of Turkish-speaking communities in

Britain.

Research Publications

Researching the recognition of prior learning: international perspectives [review]

Dikerdem, Mehmet Ali (2013) Researching the recognition of prior learning: international perspectives [review]. Studies in Continuing Education, 35 (1). pp. 124-126. ISSN 0158-037X

New paths to research based doctorates

Dikerdem, Mehmet Ali (2013) New paths to research based doctorates. In: 4th World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership, 27-29 October 2013, University of Barcelona. (Unpublished)

He is currently involved as a consultant in the World Health Organisation, Turkish Ministry of Health and Middlesex

University bid for blended learning training for mental health staff in Turkey.

Dr Dikerdem is Academic Director of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Limerick, Ireland; Link Tutor for the

Management Centre - Turkiye based in Istanbul delivering WBL masters programmes; Link Tutor for the joint WBL masters

programme with one of TUrkey's elite universities, the Middle East Technical University (2008-). He is an adviser to the

Ozer Group Educational Foundation in London.