I am a lecturer in sociology and communications. My research is primarily on media activism and participation, where I investigate political voice and mobilisation, intersectional approaches to urban and digital citizenship, and migration. My research brings urban studies literature into our understanding of political expression and social identities on media platforms. At the moment, my research covers how racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic views and ideologies become widespread on Twitter, YouTube and TikTok at times of socio-political crises. As part of this, I studied the online social exclusion of Syrians following the humanitarian crisis, focusing on how users employ social media platforms for their racist place-making activities and categorise the figure of the "refugee". Currently, I work on the visual cultures of radicalised right-wing groups and their online audience-making strategies, examining the mainstreaming of these cultures online, especially through an investigation of conspiracies. I am a Principal Investigator for a new Horizon 2020 project entitled "D.Rad: De-Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond: Detect, Resolve, Re-integrate" (Dec 2020 - Dec 2023), where I study the mainstreaming of radicalisation on media platforms specifically in the UK, and media's potential roles in deradicalisation.
Previously, I was British Academy Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London, a post-doc at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Lund University, funded by the Swedish Institute and a fully funded international PhD student in media at Edge Hill University (2016). So far, I have published my research in prestigious academic journals such as New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication or Political Geography. I have also regularly shared my findings in semi-academic platforms such as The Conversation or Discover Society whilst presenting them in notable conferences like MeCCSA and ISA. Up until now, my research has been funded by the British Academy; Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Swedish Institute; Political Studies Association and the European Commission. I am a member of the Centre for Global Lives and the Institute for Digital Futures at Brunel University London.
I am an experienced tutor in media and communications. At Brunel University, I have taught Making Web Cultures (MSc), Social Media and Networked Cultures (2nd year), Creative Industries (MSc), Racism, Identity and Difference (3rd year) and two foundational modules on methods and theories of media and culture. I have also contributed to Creative Industries, Fashion and Culture (2nd year) and two other foundational modules on becoming independent scholars and skills in humanities and social sciences. I have supervised dissertations on various subjects, including digital cultures and social identities.
Prior to my current role, I was a university teacher at Loughborough University London, contributing to a module on diplomatic communication whilst supervising many MSc dissertations on digital politics. I also taught widely at Edge Hill University’s media department, specifically on media and society and audience research. Additionally, I taught in various media departments in Turkey and thus have an international teaching experience beyond the UK/EU setting.
I am a FIPRESCI member film and cultural journalist and previously wrote reviews for online and offline media platforms in Turkey and Greece. I have experience in co-organising small activist festivals such as Canakkale Labour Film Festival (Çanakkale İşçi Filmleri Festivali). I also contributed to a travelling film literacy programme across the Balkans, entitled the 5C project.
Horizon 2020 - De-Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond: Detect, Resolve, Re-integrate, (D.Rad), Principal Investigator (December 2020 - December 2023), €3,056,535/Brunel budget: €183,750
AHRC - 5GXR - Exploring the potential for 5G for the games and performing arts sector Co-I (May 2020 - March 2021) £44,766
British Academy Training and Dissemination Grant (2019) £5024
British Academy Newton International Fellowship NF170302 (2017-2019) £81,577
Swedish Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship 02496/2017 (2017) SEK 216,000
I am the web liaison coordinator for social sciences and communications.
Newest selected publications
Ozduzen, O. (2021) 'From Streets to Courthouses: Digital and Post-Digital forms of Image Activism in the Post-Occupy Turkey'. Turkish Studies, 22 (2). pp. 267 - 289. ISSN: 1468-3849 Open Access Link
Ozduzen, O. (2020) '‘We are not Arabs and Taksim is Ours’: YouTubed Political Agency, Place-Making and Social Exclusion of Syrians'. City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 24 (5-6). pp. 741 - 758. ISSN: 0969-6199
Ozduzen, O. and Korkut, U. (2020) 'Enmeshing the mundane and the political: Twitter, LGBTI+ outing and macro-political polarisation in Turkey'. Contemporary Politics, 26 (5). pp. 493 - 511. ISSN: 1356-9775 Open Access Link
Ozduzen, O., Korkut, U. and Ozduzen, C. (Accepted) '‘Refugees are not welcome’: Digital racism, online place-making and the evolving categorization of Syrians in Turkey'. New Media & Society. pp. 146144482095634 - 146144482095634. ISSN: 1461-4448
Ozduzen, O., Korkut, U. and Foley, J. (2020) 'Policy Brief 3: The Digital Publics of #Schengen and #Eurozone during the Coronavirus Crisis'. Available at: https://www.respondmigration.com/policy-briefs/digital-publics-of-schengen-eurozone-during-coronavirus-crisis.Open Access Link