Arife is a PhD candidate in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication. Her research focuses on the ideological dimension of authoritarianism, using Erdoğanism in Turkey as case study. The project examines how political ideas shape authoritarian political thinking and acting, and what is distinctive about how these are communicated publicly and persuasively. Arife holds a BA in Communication Studies from Ankara University in Turkey, and an MRes in Research Methods in Social Sciences - Politics Pathway from UEA. Her doctoral project is funded by University of East Anglia, Faculty of Arts and Humanities.