Dr Derya Ozkul

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 and International Relations 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.

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Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights (REF-MIG)
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Books and monographs

Ozkul, Derya (with Hege Markussen) (eds) (2022) 'The Alevis in Modern Turkey and the Diaspora: Recognition, Mobilisation and Transformation', Edinburgh University Press
Ozkul, Derya (with Stephen Castles, Magdalena Arias Cubas) (2015) 'Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia', Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Journal articles and special issues

Ozkul, Derya (with Rita Jarrous) (2021) 'How do refugees navigate the UNHCR’s bureaucracy? The role of rumours in accessing humanitarian aid and resettlement', Third World Quarterly 42 (10) 2247-64
Ozkul, Derya (with Rebecca Williamson, Magdalena Arias Cubas, Cailin Maas, Chulhyo Kim, Elsa Koleth & Stephen Castles) (2021) 'Migration and social transformation through the lens of locality: a multi-sited study of experiences of neighbourhood transformation', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Ozkul, Derya (2020) 'Participatory Research: Still a One-Sided Research Agenda?', Migration Letters 17 (2) 229-37
Ozkul, Derya (2019) 'The making of a transnational religion: Alevi movement in Germany and the World Alevi union', British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 46 (2)
Ozkul, Derya (with Vince Marotta) (2018) 'Special Issue: Festschrift for Professor Stephen Castles', Journal of Intercultural Studies 39 (2)
Ozkul, Derya (with Vince Marotta) (2018) 'At the cutting edge of migration and refugee studies: A tribute to Prof Stephen Castles', Journal of Intercultural Studies, 39 (2) 111-13
Ozkul, Derya (with Mine Eder) (2016) 'Special Issue: Precarious lives and Syrian refugees in Turkey', New Perspectives on Turkey 54
Ozkul, Derya (with Mine Eder) (2016) 'Special Issue on Precarious lives and Syrian refugees in Turkey: Guest Editors’ Introduction', New Perspectives on Turkey 54 1-8
Ozkul, Derya (2015) 'Alevi “Openings” and Politicization of the “Alevi Issue” during the AKP rule', Turkish Studies 16 (1) 80-96
Ozkul, Derya (with Franklin Obeng-Odoom) (2013) 'Temporary Migration: Views from the Global South', African Journal of Economics and Finance 5 (1) 1-6
Ozkul, Derya (with Franklin Obeng-Odoom) (2013) 'Special Issue: Temporary Migration in Africa', African Journal of Economics and Finance 5 (1)

Chapters

Ozkul, Derya (with Stepehen Castles, Magdalena Arias Cubas) (2015) 'International migration in an era of neoliberal social transformation'. In Stephen Castles, Derya Özkul and Magdalena Arias Cubas (eds) Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia, Basin , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Ozkul, Derya (2015) 'Australie'. In Gildas Simon (ed) Dictionnaire des Migrations Internationales: Approche Géohistorique , Paris: Armand Colin [in French]
Ozkul, Derya (2015) 'Migration flows in Turkey’s neoliberal era: the case of Kumkapı, Istanbul'. In Stephen Castles, Derya Özkul and Magdalena Arias Cubas (eds) Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia, Basin , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
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 (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 (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 (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]
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

Reports

Working papers

Ozkul, Derya (with Stephen Castles, Ellie Vasta) (2012) 'The internal dynamics of migration processes and their consequences for Australian government migration policies', Sydney: University of Sydney
Ozkul, Derya (with Stephen Castles, Malena Arias Cubas, Chulhyo Kim, Elsa Koleth and Rebecca Williamson) (2011) 'Karl Polanyi and Understanding Social Transformation', Social Transformation and International Migration in the 21st Century Working Paper No 1 Sydney: University of Sydney
Ozkul, Derya (2011) 'Circular Migration Schemes: Renewed Interests in Destination Countries', CARIM Best Participant Essays Series AS 2011/61, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies San Domenico di Fiesole (FI): European University Institute

Other publications

Ozkul, Derya (with Caroline Nalule) (2020) 'Exploring RSD handover from UNHCR to States', Forced Migration Review 65 27-9
Ozkul, Derya (2020) 'Refugee recognition: not always sought', Forced Migration Review 65 39-42
Ozkul, Derya (with Cathryn Costello, Caroline Nalule) (2020) 'Recognising refugees: understanding the real routes to recognition', Forced Migration Review 65 4-7
Ozkul, Derya (with Tamirace Fakhoury) (2019) 'Syrian Refugees’ Return from Lebanon', Forced Migration Review 62 26-8
28 February, 2022
New book co-edited by Derya Özkul explores struggles of Alevis in Turkey
Research interests:

Refugee status determination, vulnerability, transnationalism, diaspora