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Dilvin Usta

Associate Lecturer


Dilvin joined the Department as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Paul Johnson, Dr Xiaodong Lin and Dr Silvia Falcetta in 2017, and she started her new role as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Sociology in 2021.

Dilvin’s research is concerned with the new political formations of sexuality, intimacy and personal life, cultural change, conflict, and migration practices. Her PhD entitled ‘The Passionate Journey: Everyday Life and Practices of Transnational Migrants in the UK’ revealed migrants’ hidden experiences and practices that have either been marginalised in both intimacy and migration studies. Dilvin’s research focuses on the intersection between intimacy, transnationalism and relationships across borders. Her research explores these themes concerning culture, religion, gender and social transition. Dilvin’s research on culturally-specific intimacy practices introduces a novel way of thinking about and studying intimacy and relationships in non-Western cultures.

She has taken part in various research projects and conducted fieldwork in the UK and internationally.  Before joining the Department, Dilvin worked in the private sector in Turkey on Attitudes towards Academic and Professional Development, Divorce Rate and a Law concerning Domestic Violence. She recently completed a student-voice project called ‘Life in Lockdown’ with the University of York Students’ Union. The project explored students' experiences of everyday life and learning engagement during the first lockdown - particularly those who self-identify as working class, BAME, and/or disabled.


Journal Articles

Usta, Dilvin Dilara. “Same-Sex Intimacy, Intimate Citizenship and Experiences of Lived Religion of Non-Heterosexual Muslims: A Critical Review of Existing Studies.” International Journal of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies 4, no. 1: 33-42.

Usta, Dilvin Dilara and Ozbilgin, Mustafa. “The Hidden Side of Migration: Understanding sexuality as an aspiration to migrate in the context of a Toxic Triangle” (Under review)

Recent Conference Papers

DAKAM, Gender and Women Studies'18, III International Conference on Gender and Women Studies, the 14th of December 2018, in-person presentation on paper is titled "Same-sex Intimacy and Intimate Citizenship: Experiences or Lived Religion of Non-heterosexual Muslims."

The University of Warwick, Social Sciences Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, Graduate Seminar Series 2018/2019- Queerness and Faith, the 16th of January 2019, in-person presentation on paper is titled "Non-heterosexual Muslim Whispers: Negotiation of Same-sex Sexuality and Lived Religion: A Methodological Example of Non-heterosexual Turkish Muslim Identity."


Dilvin has taught diverse courses in both the Sociology and Geography Departments, including Introducing Social Psychology, Environment, Development and Society, Research Methods and Design, and supervises Masters dissertations on a variety of themes.

Contact details

Dr Dilvin Usta
Associate Lecturer
Department of Sociology LMB/203
University of York
YO10 5GD