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.
- 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.