Dr Puren Aktas

Dr Puren Aktas

Third Sector Research Centre
Research Fellow

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Puren Aktas is a Research Fellow with expertise in qualitative studies of health systems governance and organisation studies. 


PhD in Politics, The University of Manchester

MA in Social Policy, Bogazici University

BA in International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University


Puren Aktas is a Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology. Her research explores the role of non-profit private healthcare providers within the NHS. She is part of a multi-institutional research project funded by the Wellcome Trust. 

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Puren worked at the University of Warwick as a Research Assistant and managed public and patient involvement. 

Her PhD project examined physician discretion and experiences of medical care provision under reimbursement regulations determined by funding bodies. 

She delivered seminars and courses on policymaking, health systems organisation and governance, and health workforce issues.


Research interests 

  • Health systems regulation
  • Health workforce policies
  • Policy implementation
  • Social policy


Aktas, P.(2023)  Payment by Results in the NHS in England: addressing the challenges and improving health outcomes. Heseltine Institute, University of Liverpool, 3(04).

Aktas, P., Hammond, J., and Richardson, L. (2023). Performance-based payments in healthcare provision in Turkey: Experiences from the front-line. International Journal of Public Sector Management, Pre-print. 

Aktas, P. (2022). Physician perspectives on the implications of the DRG for medical practice in Turkey: A qualitative study. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 37(3), 1769-1780. 

Aktas, P. (2021). Chronic and rare disease patients’ access to healthcare services during a health crisis: the example of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey. Health Expectations, 24(5), 1812-1820. 

Yilmaz, V., & Aktas, P. (2020). The making of a global medical tourism destination: From state-supported privatisation to state entrepreneurialism in healthcare in Turkey. Global Social Policy. 21(2), 301-318.

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