Özlem joined ESMT European School of Management and Technology in January 2010 as an assistant professor. She received her PhD in Economics (with highest distinction) from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in France and also holds MSc in Economic Theory and Econometrics from TSE. Before moving to Toulouse, Özlem obtained a BA in Economics and BSc in Mathematics from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Before joining ESMT she spent a year in Paris as a postdoctoral research fellow at Ecole Polytechnique, Business Chair. During the first two years of her appointment at ESMT she worked as a part-time visiting scholar in the research department of the Financial Stability Wing of Norges Bank (the central bank of Norway).
Özlem's research interests are mainly theoretical and applied microeconomics, and industrial organization. In particular, her research focuses on contracts and pricing strategies of platforms, estimation of end user demands in the payment card industry, implications of long-term contracts, multiproduct firm pricing, and implications of buyer power in vertical relationships. Her research has been published in leading Economics, Marketing and Industrial Organization journals, including Journal of Economic Theory, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Marketing Science, International Journal of Industrial Organization.
Özlem teaches two full-time MBA courses regularly: "Quantitative Methods" and “Competitive and Dynamic Pricing”. She also teaches Industrial Organisation/Management Science II at the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS).