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Dr Umut Erel's OpenLearn Profile

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Profile: Dr Umut Erel

Dr Umut Erel

About me

Research interests

My research interests are in migration, ethnicity, gender and class, culture and representation empirically and theoretically. I have explored issues of intersectionality, the social construction of skill and notions of belonging in recent research projects (e.g. on Refugee Women in London’s voluntary sector and on migration and cohesion in the context of the East of England). I am interested in how these issues play out in practices of citizenship, differentiated along gender and ethnic lines. My monograph on ‘Migrant Women Transforming Citizenship (Ashgate 2009) addresses this through the lens of the life-stories of migrant women from Turkey in Britain and Germany. I am currently exploring migrant women’s mothering practices as citizenship practices in their own right and with respect to shaping their children’s ethnic, cultural, political identities and modes of citizenship, based on two pieces of empirical research on European mothers in London (2011) and Polish, Turkish and Kurdish mothers and children in London (2008).

Teaching interests

I chair the postgraduate module on Ethnography (D844) and am a module team member on Sociology and Society (DD201), I have contributed to DD206. Currently I am postgraduate coordinator in the Sociology Department.


Dr Umut Erel's research

Umut Erel and Louise Ryan (2018) Migrant Capital: Proposing a Multi-Level Spatio-Temporal Analytical Framework, In Sociology 2(53), SAGE Publications

Maggie O'Neill et al. (2019) Borders, risk and belonging: Challenges for arts-based research in understanding the lives of women asylum seekers and migrants ‘at the borders of humanity’, In Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture 1(10)

Umut Erel and Necla Acik (2019) Enacting intersectional multilayered citizenship: Kurdish women’s politics, In Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography

Tracey Reynolds and Umut Erel (2018-11-21) Migrant mothers: Kin work and cultural work in making future citizens, In Families, Relationships and Societies 3(7), The Policy Press

Tracey Reynolds, Umut Erel and Erene Kaptani (2018) Migrant mothers: Performing kin work and belonging across private and public boundaries, In Families, Relationships and Societies 3(7), The Policy Press

Umut Erel (2018-05) Saving and reproducing the nation: Struggles around right-wing politics of social reproduction, gender and race in austerity Europe, In Women's Studies International Forum(68)

Umut Erel, Tracey Reynolds and Erene Kaptani (2018) Migrant mothers’ creative interventions into racialized citizenship, In Ethnic and Racial Studies 1(41)

Umut Erel and Tracey Reynolds (2018) Introduction: migrant mothers challenging racialized citizenship, In Ethnic and Racial Studies 1(41)

Umut Erel, Tracey Reynolds and Erene Kaptani (2017-06-01) Participatory theatre for transformative social research, In Qualitative Research 3(17)

Umut Erel, Karim Murji and Zaki Nahaboo (2016-05-13) Understanding the contemporary race–migration nexus, In Ethnic and Racial Studies 8(Volume 39,)

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