Dr Ozge Ozduzen

Department of Sociological Studies

Lecturer in Digital Media and Society

GTA co-ordinator


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Dr Ozge Ozduzen
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Ozge joined the Department of Sociological Studies as a lecturer in digital media and society in August 2021. Ozge’s research interests lie in two key areas. First, Ozge studies media activism and participation, where she investigates political voice and mobilisation and intersectional approaches to urban and digital citizenship. Second, her research covers the interrelated areas of social media engagement during conflicts and crises, contentious digital publics, and the visibility and spread of online conspiracy theories. Ozge is mainly a qualitative researcher, but she has so far used both qualitative (e.g., discourse-analysis-centred methods, in-depth interviews, and participant observation) and quantitative (e.g., sentiment and content analyses) methods in her research on digital politics and media cultures. Previously, Ozge was a lecturer in sociology and communications at Brunel University London, British Academy Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London, a post-doc at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Lund University, funded by the Swedish Institute, and a fully funded international PhD student in the media department at Edge Hill University (2016). Ozge attended university at the liberal and prestigious Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

Research interests

Main areas of research:

  • Digital activism
  • Digital identities and politics
  • Far-right digital publics
  • Visual cultures
  • Online conspiracy theories
  • Online racism

Currently, Ozge’s research examines how racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and transphobic views and ideologies become widespread on Twitter, YouTube and TikTok at times of socio-political crises. As part of this, Ozge studied online racism patterns and pathways related to Syrians, following the humanitarian crisis, focusing on the ways users engage with social media platforms for their racist place-making activities and categorise the figure of the "refugee". Currently, Ozge works on the digital cultures of radicalised right-wing groups and their everyday audience-making strategies, examining the mainstreaming of these cultures in online spaces. 

So far, Ozge’s research has been funded by the British Academy; Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Swedish Institute; the European Commission and Political Studies Association (PSA). Ozge is a Principal Investigator for an ongoing Horizon 2020 project entitled "D.Rad: De-Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond: Detect, Resolve, Re-integrate" (December 2020- April 2024), where she co-leads a work package on the mainstreaming of radicalisation on social media platforms and media's potential roles in de-radicalisation as part of a large international team in Europe and the Middle East. Ozge also works on a project on the anti-lockdown political expression and identities on social media platforms and in physical spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic, funded by the Political Studies Association and Global Lives Research Centre. 

Ozge acted as a peer reviewer for British Academy and is a frequent peer reviewer for journals in the fields of visual sociology, politics, digital media, and in social movements research across multiple disciplines. Ozge also recently provided written evidence for the DCMS Committee on misinformation and trusted voices.


Journal articles


Book reviews


  • Ozduzen O, Holmes I, Ferenczi N, Liu K & Rosun N (2021) Trends of Radicalisation in the UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ozduzen O, Ferenczi N, Holmes I & Liu K (2021) Cultural Drivers of Radicalisation in the UK View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ozduzen O, Ferenczi N, Holmes I, Rosun N, Liu K & Alsayednoor S (2021) Stakeholders of (De)-Radicalisation in the UK View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ozduzen O, Korkut U & Foley J (2020) The Digital Publics of #Schengen and #Eurozone During the Coronavirus Crisis View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Ozduzen O & Korkut U Post-‘Refugee Crisis’ Social Media: The unbearable lightness of sharing racist posts. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ozduzen O & Korkut U Digital Mundane: Political Expression and Polarisation on Twitter in the Post-Refugee Crisis’. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ozduzen O Robots, kittens and Netflix: Turkish curbs on the media reach ludicrous levels. RIS download Bibtex download

British Academy, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Science & Innovation Network in the USA (SIN USA), Mapping and visualising intersections of social inequalities, community mistrust, and vaccine hesitancy in online and physical spaces in the UK and US, Principal Investigator (October 2021 – April 2022), £111,230

Horizon 2020 - De-Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond: Detect, Resolve, Re-integrate, (D.Rad), Principal Investigator (December 2020 - December 2023) - €183,750

Global Lives Research Centre - £2000

Political Studies Association (PSA) Research and Innovation Fund 2021 - £1150

AHRC - 5GXR - Exploring the potential for 5G for the games and performing arts sectors Co-Investigator (May 2020 - January 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

Teaching activities

Ozge is the module convenor for The Digital Self and Visual Methods for Social Scientists modules at the Department of Sociological Studies. In her teaching, Ozge embraces a cross-cultural understanding of and a multi-method approach on digital cultures and politics. She integrates her research into her teaching, combining her background in cultural studies, politics, media and communications and critical theory to help her students obtain an interdisciplinary understanding of digital identities and visual cultures and methods. She also uses student-led teaching methodologies and harnesses social media tools for learning. Ozge previously taught various media and communications and sociology modules including making web cultures, social media and networked cultures, creative industries, fashion and culture, creative Industries, racism, identity, and difference as well as foundational modules on media, culture and communications. She also taught in various media departments in Turkey, bringing an international teaching practice and experience beyond the UK/EU setting.

Postgraduate supervision

Ozge is an experienced supervisor for students at BA and MA levels. She has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on digital cultures and social identities at the University of Sheffield, Brunel University London and Loughborough University, including Brexit memes, #MeToo culture, celebrity diplomacy and alternative online platforms in China. 

Ozge is interested in supervising PhD students on online political cultures, DIY media activism, visual politics, online disinformation campaigns and conspiracy theories, media and its relationship to far-right radicalisation, and crisis communication. You can find general information about PhD studies in the department here.

Current PhD Students

Ryan Hartfield: Infrastructure as Public Relations: Investigating the Intersection of Activism, Media and Carbon Dioxide Removal. Co-supervised with Warren Pearce. Funded by White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.