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Dr Oznur Yardimci
Postdoctoral Research Fellow



I am a postdoctoral research fellow in Sociology, with research and teaching interests in cities, citizenship, and qualitative methods.    

I have an interdisciplinary background with an MSc in Political Science and a BSc in International Relations, both at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. I completed my PhD in 2018 in Sociology at Lancaster University. I specialized in the implications of urban redevelopment and right to the city/housing struggles over citizenship with a focus on contemporary Turkey.     

In 2019, I moved to York and joined the department of Sociology as a visiting research fellow. In 2020, I worked as the chief field researcher in the London case-study in the ‘Citizenship Futures: The Politics of Hope’, which examines the links between hope-making and reinvention of citizenship in three global cities, namely London, Mumbai and Paris, through comparative ethnographies.     

In 2020-2021, I was an ESRC White Rose postdoctoral fellow in Sociology at York, with a project entitled ‘Remaking cities and citizens through urban regeneration’. Drawing on my PhD and postdoctoral research, I explored the impacts of struggles over the city space and housing in neoliberal cities on citizenship in Turkey and the UK.           

I am a member of CURB (Centre for Urban Research) hosted within the department playing part in its management by organizing public seminars. I also contribute to teaching qualitative research methods at postgraduate level.



Combining insights from political geography, political sociology, and urban geography through qualitative methods, my research explores how urban redevelopment is used as a state strategy to communicate official notions of citizenship in ways that mirror the ongoing socio-political transformations in the society. Focusing on the contested claims over the renewed city space, I discuss how the shared understandings regarding the 'good' citizen are reframed as people are invited and negotiate with inclusion in the remaking of the city.   

During 2021-2022, I will be working in collaboration with Daryl Martin on a research project entitled ‘Fragments of citizenship in faith landscapes: the development of mosque architecture in the North of England’. This project is funded by the University Research Priming and will explore the impacts of religious architecture on ideas of belonging and citizenship in and beyond Yorkshire.


Selected publications

Peer-reviewed Papers

Yardımcı, Ö. (2020) State stigmatization in urban Turkey: Managing the ‘insurgent’ squatter dwellers in Dikmen Valley, Antipode, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp. 1519-1538.  

Yardımcı, Ö. (2020) Anatomy of a right to shelter struggle in an authoritarian regime: Dikmen Valley, Radical Housing Journal, 2(2), pp. 235-242.  

Yardimci, O., Gimel, J., Srivastava, K. & Borday, J., (2021) Inciting hopes for the future: Civic activism in London, Mumbai, and Paris amid the Covid19 crisis, Metropolitics, 8 June,

Srivastava, K. and Yardımcı, Ö. (2020) Everyday Activism amid the Pandemic: Civic Associations as Avenues of Hope for the Marginalized, AntipodeOnline,                   

Book Reviews  

Yardımcı, Ö. (2019) Review of Within and Beyond Citizenship: Borders, Membership and Belonging eds. by Roberto G. Gonzales and Nando Sigona. Sociological Research Online, Volume: 24 issue: 3, page(s): 462-463.

Yardımcı, Ö. (2015) Review of Gentrification: A Working Class Perspective by Kirsteen Paton. The Sociological Review, 63 (3), pp. 727-729.

Op-ed Paper

Yardımcı, Ö. (2020) Kentsel Dönüşüm ve Makbuliyetin Yeniden Cizilen Sınırları [Urban Redevelopment and Reframing the Boundaries of Worthiness], Ayrıntı Dergi, 1 April,


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Dr Oznur Yardimci
Department of Sociology LMB/205
University of York
Heslington East Campus
YO10 5GD

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