Dr Umut Ozguc

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

LOCATION

Building 28, 210

  • ABOUT
  • PUBLICATIONS

Umut Ozguc is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in International Ethics at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra. She is a cross-disciplinary scholar working on critical security and border studies, migration, settler colonialism, spatial theory, resistance, posthumanism, and critical IR theory. Currently, she is completing her book, Border Heterotopias, and working on a research project on the ecological impacts of border walls. Her current research aims to challenge the overly antropocentric focus of the contemporary debates over borders and mobility.

Umut holds a BA in International Relations from Ankara University, and a MA (Research) in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales. She completed her doctoral research on border politics in 2017. She previously worked as a researcher and a lecturer at several universities including the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, and Sydney University.

         Publications

  • Ozguc, U. Borders (2019) "Detention, and the Disruptive Power of Noisy-Subject" International Political Sociology 
  • Mendonca, R. F., Ercan, S.A, Ozguc, U., Reis, S. and Simoes, P.G. (2019) Protests as “events”: The symbolic struggles in 2013 demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil. Revista de Sociologia e Política.
  • Ozguc, U. (2017) (Book review) ‘Reece Jones, Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move, Verso, 2016, E-International Relations, available at
  • Ozguc, U.(2011) ‘Remaking Canadian Identity: A critical analysis of Canada's human security discourse’ The Journal of Human Security, 7(3), 2011, 37-59.
  • Dunn, K. M., Loosemore, M., and Phua, F, Ozguc, U. (2011) ‘Everyday ethnic diversity and racism on Australian construction sites’ International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations 10(6), 129-147.
  • Loosemore, M., Phua, F. and Dunn, K. M., Ozguc, U. (2011) ‘The Politics of Sameness in the Australian Construction Industry’, Engineering, Construction & Architectural Management, 18 (4),  363-380.
  • Loosemore, M., Phua, F. and Dunn, K. M., Ozguc, U. (2010) ‘Operatives’ Experiences of cultural diversity on Australian Construction sites’, Construction Management and Economics 28(2), 177-188.

    Conference Papers (Selected)

  • The New Materialist Conversations in Border Studies, Panel: Posthuman and Nonhuman in a Future Ecological Politics, Borders and Margins, The 25th World Congress, IPSA, Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 July 2018.
  • ‘Border Walls as Assemblages’, Panel: Border Walls, Borders and Margins, The 25th World Congress, IPSA, Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 July 2018.
  • ‘Borders as assemblages: Why do we need ‘new materialist’ conversations in border studies?’, The Interpretation of Global Politics: Methods and Epistemologies After the Event, Australian National University, 2-3 November 2017.
  • ‘Politics of Becoming-Other: Alternative Spaces of the Border’, Inaugural Australian Political Theory/Philosophy Conference, The University of Melbourne, 17-18 February 2017.
  • 'Walking on the lines with Deleuze and Connolly: Reading border walls as heterogeneous sites’, APSA: The Future of Politics and Political Science, University of Canberra, 28-30 September 2015.
  • ‘Dwelling, enclosures and security’, APSA Continuity and Change in the Middle East and Central Asia, Australian National University, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia), 30 November-1 December 2012.
  • 'Border acts: Performativity, undecidability and the Wall in the West Bank’, The Oceanic Conference on International Studies, University of Sydney, Sydney 18-20 July 2012.
  • ‘Beyond the Panopticon: The Separation Wall and Israel’s Security Imagination, APSA: Connected Globe, University of Melbourne, 27-29 September 2010.

Book Chapters

Loosemore M; phua F; Dunn K; Ozguc U, 2015, 'The Politics of Sameness in the Australian Construction Industry: Competing operative and manager attitudes towards cultural diversity', in Built Environment and Property Management A Focus on Australia, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK, pp. 113 - 134, http://books.emeraldinsight.com/display.asp?K=9781785609541&cur=GBP&sf1=kword_index,barcode,series&sort=sort_date/d&st1=9781785609541

Journal articles

Ozguc U, 2011, 'Remaking Canadian identity: A critical analysis of Canada's human security discourse', Journal of Human Security, vol. 7, pp. 37 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.3316/JHS0703037

Loosemore M; Phua FTT; Dunn KM; Ozguc U, 2011, 'The politics of sameness in the Australian construction industry: Comparing operative and manager attitudes towards cultural diversity', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol. 18, pp. 363 - 380, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09699981111145817

Ozguc U, 2011, 'Remaking Canadian Identity: A Critical analysis of Canada's Human Security Discourse', The Australasian Journal of Human Security, vol. Volume 7, pp. 37 - 59

Dunn KM; Loosemore M; Phua FTT; Ozguc U, 2011, 'Everyday Ethnic Diversity and Racism on Australian Construction Sites', The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, vol. 10, pp. 129 - 148, http://ijd.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.29/prod.1017

Loosemore M; Phua F; Dunn K; Ozguc U, 2010, 'Operatives' experiences of cultural diversity on Australian construction sites', Construction Management and Economics, vol. 28, pp. 177 - 188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190903450087

Mendonça RF; Ercan SA; Ozguc U; Reis SLG; Simões PG, 'Protests as “Events”: The Symbolic Struggles in 2013 Demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil', Revista de Sociologia e Política, vol. 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1678987319276901

Conference Papers

Phua FT; Loosemore M; Dunn K; Ozguc U, 2010, 'Barriers to Integration and Attitudes towards Cultural Diversity in the Construction Industry', in Proceedings of CIB 2010 World Congress, University of Salford, Salford, UK, presented at CIB 2010 World Congress, Salford, UK, 10 May 2010 - 13 May 2010

Loosemore M; Phua FT; Dunn K; Ozguc U, 2009, 'Operative experience of cultural diversity on australian construction sites-Implications for safety and well-being', in Proceedings of the CIB W099 Conference, Melbourne, Australia, presented at CIB W099 Conference 2009-Working Together: Planning, Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Industry, Melbourne, Australia, 21 October 2009 - 23 October 2009