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Derya Özkul, Ph.D.

Derya Özkul, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Dr. Derya Özkul is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her work examines the politics of migration and displacement. Before joining Warwick, Derya worked for over five years at the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford. Before that, she worked at the University of Sydney, where she completed her Ph.D. in Sociology. Derya 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.

Her current work focuses on the use of new technologies for managing, controlling, and processing mobility and asylum in Europe. Previously, she conducted research on migration policies in the Middle East, specifically in Turkey and Lebanon, as well as in Europe, primarily Germany, and Australia. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters related to the politics of migration and displacement. Her work has appeared in journals including Third World Quarterly, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Turkish Studies, and British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Currently, she serves as the Co-Investigator of the Algorithmic Fairness for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Project, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Previously, she was the Principal Investigator of the Governance of AI-based Technologies in the Management of Migration Project, funded by the John Fell Fund at the University of Oxford.

She holds her doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Sydney. She obtained an MA in Comparative Politics from The London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Political Science from Boğaziçi University, Türkiye.

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