Duygu Gürsel holds a Master's degree from the German-Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences jointly offered by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Middle East Technical University. She is currently completing her dissertation at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Sociology. In her dissertation project, she focuses on the transformation of the character of migrant labor from factory worker into self-employed in West-Berlin. Her areas of interest include migration and labor, as well as their intersection with gender and urban space. She has worked as a lecturer at the department of Social Conflict and Diversity of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, at the Department of Social Work and the Department of Care Management of Evangelische Hochschule Berlin.