Derya is a postdoctoral research fellow working on the ‘Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights’ project. In this project she is primarily interested in the construction of the vulnerability criteria in refugee status determination.
Previously, Derya worked as a lecturer and tutor at the University of Sydney where she also completed her PhD thesis in the Department of Sociology. Her PhD thesis explored the changes in diaspora movements in line with the changes in migration and diversity policies as well as homeland politics. She worked as a researcher in various Australian Research Council-funded projects including ‘Syrian-Conflict Refugee Settlement in Australia’ and ‘Social Transformation of International Migration’. This latter project, led by Professor Stephen Castles, examined international migration in Australia, South Korea, Turkey and Mexico in the context of the wider processes of social transformation.
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 has held fellowships at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Bielefeld University in Germany.
She has published on migrants’ precarious work, transnationalism, diaspora movements, refugee settlement, immigration and diversity policies.