She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and her master's degree in Human Rights Law and Labor Politics. In 2006, she started working at the Corporate Social Responsibility and Workers' Rights Joint Initiative Project and in the same year, she was one of the founders of the Working Women's Human Rights Association (Çalışan Kadının İnsan Hakları Derneği), which was established to improve the working conditions of women workers in the textile industry. Between 2007 and 2011, she coordinated the health and gender themed projects for young people carried out by the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) in partnership with UNFPA. In 2011, she established the Gender Mainstreaming Program and worked to disseminate the gender approach at all levels within the Foundation. In 2012-2013, she was a member of the Youth Advisory Board of the Council of Europe and in 2012, she assumed the position of Director of the Youth Research and Policies Department.
Since the early 2000s, she has continued to conduct research, education and advocacy activities by preparing various publications on the themes of youth rights, youth politics, labor politics and gender. She was among the founding members of the Youth Organizations Forum (GoFor). She is currently engaged in mentoring, educating and capacity empowerment activities for various organizations in the field of civil society.
From 2019, Başak Tuğsavul has been the Director of Research and Policy Development at the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the History Foundation (Tarih Vakfı).