Ozyegin University (OZU), founded in 2007, is a non-profit foundation university in Istanbul. It is one of the most innovative and research-oriented universities in Turkey. OZU ranked in the top 8 in the most entrepreneurial and innovative Turkish universities index, prepared under the leadership of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), published by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in 2016. OZU has been ranked in the top ten for the last five years. OZU hosts six Faculties; three Graduate Schools; two Schools, and eight centers. The university has cooperated with many national and international institutions and its project portfolio exceeded 60 Million TL (about 17.1 Million Euros) for 327 projects as of December 2016. 43% of this budget comes from TÜBİTAK funds; 27%comes from the EU and the rest from industrial partnerships and other funding institutions. Between 2009 and 2016, OZU has filed 46 patent applications (16 national and 30 international) and 3 utility model registrations. Assistant Professor Dr. Susan Beth Rottmann is the Primary Investigator for RESPOND at Özyeğin University.
Lecturer in Anthropology with expertise in qualitative research methods, migration, transnationalism, gender, ethnicity, religion and politics in Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Rottmann has received several major research grants, including a Fulbright-Hays DDRA and grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the American Research Institute in Turkey and the Institute of Turkish Studies. Currently, she is affiliated with the Migration Studies Research Network and Laboratory has been actively involved in community service projects for the Syrian refugee community in Istanbul.