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Dr Umut Ozguc



Lecturer, International Relations


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 522 73261


Umut is a lecturer at International Relations. She is a critical international relations scholar with a research interest in critical ( poststructuralist) border and security studies. She joined Deakin University in 2020 after working as a postdoctoral research fellow in International Ethics at the University of New South Wales.

Her research focuses on the construction of borders in settler colonial states, biopolitics, posthuman borders, and the changing nature of security in the context of global mobility regime. Her work cuts across many areas mainly political geography and international political sociology. Currently, she is working on two projects. One focuses on pandemic borders and explores the  multiplication of borders at times of public health crisis. The other project seeks to understand the politics of hope and joy in the context of contemporary border politics. She is also  completing her book manuscript, Entangled Lines of Borders. 

Her work on borders appeared in leading journals in the field including Security Dialogue, International Political Sociology, Critical Studies on Security, and  International Studies Review. Umut's previous writings focused on human security, racism and managing cultural diversity.

Umut holds a BA in IR from Ankara University, and a MA (Research) and a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales. Umut 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. She is the co-founder of Australian Critical Border Studies Network.

The full list of her publications can be found at google scholar 

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Research interests

Border Politics


Critical Approaches to Security

Critical IR Theory (human security, poststructural approaches)

Settler Colonialism 

Border Walls & Carceral Spaces

Poststructuralism & Posthumanism 


Co-founder, Australian Critical Border Studies Network.

Teaching interests

International Relations/ Political Theory

Security Studies

Human Security

Human Rights

Social Movements/Activism

Units taught

AIR720 Transnational Activism and Governance

AIR753 Regionalism in International Relations

AIR203 Human Rights in World Politics

AIR729 Human Security in Global Politics

AIR747 Contemporary International Politics

Knowledge areas

International Relations

International Political Sociology


2021, Beyond Bare Life: Why do we need to talk about politics of hope and joy in border studies? Millenium Conference, LSE, London, October. 

2021 The World-Making Power of Borders, APSA funded workshop ( the co-convenor of the workshop) 

2021 Australia's Island Borders, BISA Conference, Forget International Studies? June. 

2021 Pandemic Borders: Hotels, Spaces of Detention, Quarantine and Resistance, Online Symposium, Australian Critical Border Studies Network, February 2021 (the Co-convenor of the workshop).

2020  ‘Rethinking Walls and Fences: Entanglements on Posthuman Borders’, OCIS 2020, 9th Biennial Oceanic Conference on International Studies, ANU, 7-11 December 2020.

2020  ‘Pandemic Borders’, Rountable International Relations Theory and the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, International Studies Association (ISA) "Transnationalism in World Politics: Beyond Methodological Nationalism in International Studies" November 5-7, 2020.

2019  ‘The Long “Winter Sleep”: IR’s Colonising Silence on the Question of the Border’, Millennium Conference, Extraction, expropriation, erasure? Knowledge production in International Relations, LSE, London, 19-20 October.

2019 Technologies of Bordering: Creating, Contesting and Resisting Borders, University of Melbourne, 3-5 July.

2019 ‘The affective power of noise on the border’, The 3rd Australian Political Theory and Philosophy Conference, University of Canberra, 15-16 February.

2019 De-Bordering the Border: Towards Cosmopolitan Dialogues, UNSW Canberra (the convenor of the workshop).

2019 HDR Conferece, Writing in Humanities and Social Sciences, Principal Organiser, UNSW Canberra (Convenor).

2018  ‘The politics of noise’, Insecurities of Sovereignty, Griffith University, 18-19 September.

2018  ‘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   ‘The ‘thingly-power’ of border walls’, The Australian Political Theory and Philosophy Conference, USYD, 17-18 February.

2017  ‘Borders as assemblages: Why do we need ‘new materialist’ conversations in border studies?’, The Interpretation of Global Politics: Methods and Epistemologies After the Event, ANU, 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.

2015  ‘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   ‘Walls of Israel: A New Research Agenda’ Debating the Middle East and Central Asia, Australian National University, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia), 3-4 July.

2012   ‘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.

Media appearances

A. Nethery and U. Ozguc, Why are Australians so accepting of hotel quarantine? A long history of confining threats to the state, The Conversation, 5 April 2021. 

SBS Radio Interview on the impact on border closures on migrant communities. July, 2021.

U. Ozguc, An Essay on Pandemic Borders: From ‘Immunitary Dispositif’ to Affirmative Ethics, The Disorder of Things, April 23, 2020. 

Research groups

Co-founder & Co-convenor, Australian Critical Border Studies Network.

Member, POLIS, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University.

2019-2020 Member, International Ethics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW, Canberra.


Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific,  Teaching Excellence (2018)

Workshop Grant, Australian Political Science Association, with Dr. Suliman and Dr. Aguis ($15000)


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The Politics of Temporality and the Ethos of Open Societies: Transfrontier Conservation Areas as Spatio-temporal Chokepoints

Umut Ozguc, Adrian Little

(2022), pp. 1-23, Geopolitics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Rethinking border walls as fluid meshworks

U Ozguc

(2021), Vol. 52, pp. 287-305, Security Dialogue, C1

journal article

Painting the wall: becoming-other in a holey space

Umut Ozguc

(2020), pp. 135-141, Jahnne Pasco-White: Kin, Melbourne, Australia, B1

book chapter

Borders, detention, and the disruptive power of the noisy-subject

Umut Ozguc

(2020), Vol. 14, pp. 77-93, International political sociology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Protests as "Events": the symbolic struggles in 2013 demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil

R Mendonca, S Ercan, U Ozguc, S Reis, P Simoes

(2019), Vol. 27, pp. 1-27, Revista de Sociologia e Politica, Curitiba, Brazil, C1-1

journal article

The politics of sameness in the Australian construction industry

Martin Loosemore, Florence Phua, Kevin Dunn, Umut Ozguc

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 363-380, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Remaking Canadian identity: A critical analysis of Canada's human security discourse

Umut Ozguc

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 37-59, Journal of Human Security, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Everyday Ethnic Diversity and Racism on Australian Construction Sites

Kevin Dunn, Martin Loosemore, Florence Phua, Umut Ozguc

(2011), Vol. 10, pp. 129-148, International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Operatives' experiences of cultural diversity on Australian construction sites

Martin Loosemore, Florence Phua, Kevin Dunn, Umut Ozguc

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 177-188, Construction Management and Economics, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Mobility injustices, racialised bodies, and Australia¿s pandemic borders: The history of the present

Dr Umut Ozguc

Freilich Early Career Research Small Grants

  • 2022: $4,949


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