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Derya Özkul


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Refugees are Migrants

Derya is a postdoctoral research fellow working on the European Research Council Funded project ‘Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights’. In this project she is primarily interested in the construction of the vulnerability criteria in refugee status determination.

Derya completed her doctorate at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Prof Stephen Castles where she also worked as a lecturer and tutor. Her thesis explored the changes in diaspora movements in line with the changes in migration and diversity policies as well as homeland politics. In addition to her doctoral research, she worked as a researcher for the five-year STIM project led by Stephen Castles at the University of Sydney. This project examined international migration in Australia, South Korea, Turkey and Mexico in the context of the wider processes of social change. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a researcher at the Migration Research Centre at Koc University in Istanbul. She holds an MSc degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA degree in Political Science from Bogazici University in Turkey. As a DAAD alumnus, she has held fellowships at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Bielefeld University in Germany.

Derya has published on precarious work, transnationalism, refugee settlement, immigration and diversity policies in Turkey, Germany and Australia. Her work includes Social Transformation and Migration (Palgrave, 2015). Her current research interests include the ethics of vulnerability and the construction of vulnerability criteria in refugee status determination.

She has published on migrants’ precarious work, transnationalism, diaspora movements, refugee settlement, immigration and diversity policies.

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