Sebnem Tugce Pala

Sebnem Tugce Pala

Graduate Student Researcher



Anadolu University, Turkey (Associate's Degree in Public Relations and Publicity)

Ege University, Turkey (BA in English Language and Literature)

University of Warwick, UK (MA in International Political Economy)

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland (MA in Development Studies with a specialization in Human and Social Development)


Sebnem joined TSRC as a graduate researcher in October 2019. Sebnem is currently studying through a professional diploma program in business administration and project management at UC Berkeley. Her previous work experience includes: the European Union's nonprofit lending institution in Luxemburg, a rural development case study in Kenya at the International Labor Organization in Switzerland, grant writing prospect research for Good Cause Group in Stanford, and an internship with Iris Automation's public policy and regulatory affairs team in San Francisco. Sebnem hopes to apply her public policy experience to the field of artificial intelligence. Her research interests include shared mobility, automated vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, and urban air mobility. In her free time, Sebnem likes learning new languages, traveling, practicing yoga and meditation, and playing with clay. She is originally from Izmir, Turkey.