Professor Gürsel joined Bahçeşehir University in 2007 and is currently the Director of the Bahçeşehir University Centre for Economic and Social Research. A graduate of Galatasaray high school and Grenoble University (BSc in Economics and Political Sciences), Professor Gürsel received his MSc and PhD in Economics from University of Paris-Nanterre in 1979.
In 1980, he started working as a lecturer in Istanbul University, resigning in 1983 to work in Iletisim Publishing, as the editor-in-chief for the Encyclopaedia of Turkey in the Republican Era. Between 1986 and 1994, he held various managerial positions in private sector. He returned to academics in Galatasaray University in 1994, where he became associate professor in 1995 and professor in 2000. He worked there as the head of the Economics Department between 1996 and 2007, and as the vice-president from 2004 to 2007. Professor Gürsel has written a number of books, articles and research papers on the economic history and macroeconomics of Turkey, labor market issues, EU-Turkey relations as well as electoral system reform.