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Derya Özkul


Senior Research Fellow

Derya Ozkul is a Senior Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her work explores migration policies (or the lack of policies) and their impact on migrants and refugees. Her most recent research explores the use of new technologies in migration and asylum governance and their impact on asylum seekers and refugees.

Derya is currently the Principal Investigator of the Algorithmic Fairness for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (AFAR) project at Oxford. In this project, together with a consortium between five institutions led by Prof Cathryn Costello at Hertie School, she explores the use of new technologies in European migration and asylum governance. Derya is also the Principal Investigator of ‘The Governance of AI-based Technologies in the Management of Migration’, funded by the John Fell Fund. In this project she investigates the practices around biometrics and data ownership. In both projects, she is interested in transparency and power relations among different agencies and migrants. Previously at RSC, Derya worked for the Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights (REF-MIG) project.

Before coming to Oxford, Derya was working at the University of Sydney where she wrote her PhD thesis in Sociology and taught various modules, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Terrorism and Human Rights and Social Protest. She has published on a range of migration related issues, including diversity and migration policies and their impacts on migrants. Derya also 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 held fellowships at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Bielefeld University in Germany. Her publications can be found on the following platforms:  Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Previous publications include: 

Journals articles/issues: 

Ozkul, Derya (with Franklin Obeng-Odoom) (2013) 'Special Issue: Temporary Migration in Africa', African Journal of Economics and Finance 5 (1). 
Ozkul, Derya (with Franklin Obeng-Odoom) (2013) 'Temporary Migration: Views from the Global South', African Journal of Economics and Finance 5 (1) 1-6.

Book chapters:

Ozkul, Derya (2015) 'Australie'. In Gildas Simon (ed) Dictionnaire des Migrations Internationales: Approche Géohistorique, Paris: Armand Colin [in French].
Ozkul, Derya (with Stephen Castles and Ellie Vasta) (2014) 'Australia: a Classical Immigration Country in Transition', In J Hollifield, P Martin and P Orrenius (eds) Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 3rd Edition Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Ozkul, Derya (with Stephen Castles) (2014) 'Circular migration: triple win, or a new label for temporary migration?'. In Graziano Battistella (ed) Theoretical Perspectives on Asian Migration, New York: Springer Publishing.
Ozkul, Derya (2014) 'Emotive connections: insider research with Turkish/Kurdish Alevi migrants in Germany'. In Lejla Voloder, Liudmila Kirpitchenko (eds) Insider Research on Migration and Mobility, London: Ashgate.
Ozkul, Derya (2013) 'International Migration and Local Policies'. In Marcela Balbo, Ahmet Icduygu and Julio Peres Serrano (eds) Countries of Migrants, Cities of Migrants: Italy, Spain, Turkey, Istanbul: The Isis Press.
Ozkul, Derya (with Stepehen Castles, Magdalena Arias and Chulhyo Kim) (2012) ‘Irregular migration: causes, patterns and strategies'. In Irena Omelaniuk (ed) Reflections on Migration and Development, GFMD Puerto Vallarta and Beyond Series: Global Migration Issues, Vol 1 , New York: Springer Publishing.
Ozkul, Derya (2012) 'Managing the Diaspora: the Turkish Case'. In Jung-Eun Oh (ed) Diaspora as Focus Area of National Migration Policy, Seoul: IOM MRTC Special Issues in Migration Series No 2.
Ozkul, Derya (2012) 'Transnational Migration Research'. Sociopedia.isa [The International Sociological Association’s dictionary].
Ozkul, Derya (2012) 'Ulus-ötesi Göç: Kuramsal Bir Değerlendirme [Transnational Migration: A Theoretical Evaluation]'. In S Gülfer Ihlamur-Öner and Aslı Şirin Öner (ed) Uluslararası Göçü Yeniden Düşünmek: Yeni Yaklaşım ve Yönelimler’ [Re-thinking International Migration: New Approaches], Istanbul: Iletişim Yayınları [In Turkish].

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