Irmak has been actively engaged with professional associations and journals in her field of study. She is currently a convenor for the British Sociological Association’s Consumption Study Group and serves on the editorial board of the journals 'The Sociological Review', 'Sociology' and 'Consumption & Society'. Irmak is a member of ECCI, the European Center for the Study of Culture and Inequality and previously served on the boards of the European Sociological Association’s Consumption Research Network (2012-2017) and the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on the Body in the Social Sciences (2014- 2019).
Irmak’s most recent research, funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant looks at the practices of foodwork (eating, cooking and feeding) in families with small children across different social classes. She uses an ethnographic and longitudinal design to understand how parents’ and carers’ food practices and notions change over time. (for more information please see Foodwork )
Irmak is also a partner in an international project, funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, exploring how cultural and art fields transformed in Turkey in the last couple of decades. Collaborating with colleagues from Ankara University, this project aims to develop a critical understanding of Islamic, conservative art/artist debate and gathers data to view the process from the perspective of artists, audiences and cultural intermediaries who identify with conservative/Islamist politics.
Prior to these two projects, Irmak was a partner of a cross-national comparative project called CUDIGE “Cultural Distinctions, Generations and Change which explored the changes that have taken place in the classification and social valuation of culture in six European countries in the past 50 years. This research was funded by University of Helsinki research grants, the Kone Foundation and the Academy of Finland (PI: Assoc Prof. Semi Purhonen). The book that came out of the project is published OPEN ACCESS and can be found here. https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/22362 (for more information about the project please see: CUDIGE )