Basak is currently a Tutor for BSc Security Studies at Leiden University. She previously worked as a researcher for the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), where she collected and analyzed reported data on political violence and protest events across Turkey. Basak holds an Advanced MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University, as well as a BA in International Studies, with a specialization on International Security and Conflict Resolution from Simon Fraser University. Her expertise focuses on the climate-conflict nexus, as well as the relationship between the environment and peace-building.