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Gülce Şafak Özdemir

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Researcher, UAB


As a political sociologist, Gülce Şafak Özdemir studies the complex relationships between political structures, social phenomena, and marginalized communities. Her particular focus is on the intersection of irregular migration and urban settings, and how intersectional power dynamics shape the experiences of migrants in cities. Through her work, she aims to identify strategies for creating more inclusive and just urban environments for all residents, regardless of their migration status. Gülce Şafak holds a PhD degree at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Currently, she works at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) for an ERC project "Migration and Democratic Diffusion (MIGRADEMO)". Furthermore, she serves as an elected co-chair of the Immigration Research Network of the Council for European Studies (CES) at Colombia University. Gülce Şafak Özdemir teaches "Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict" at IBEI.

Background and education

  • (2023) PhD, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
  • (2018) MA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • (2016) BA, Boğaziçi University

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • Council for European Studies (CES)
  • International Migration Research Network (IMISCOE)
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • European Consertium for Political Research


Research interests

  • Irregular Migration
  • Urban Sociology
  • Ethnic and Religious Minorities
  • Intersectionality

Selected publications

  • Faustini Torres, Luisa; Özdemir, Gülce Şafak

    2025.(Forthcoming) June Journeys: Exploring Intersecting Pathways of Political Participation of Brazilian and Turkish Migrants in Barcelona.In:

    Yurdakul G., Beaman J., Mügge L., Scuzzarello S. and Sunanta S. (eds)

    The Oxford Handbook of Intersectional Approaches to Migration, Gender, and Sexuality.
  • Özdemir, Gülce Şafak.2023.Refugees in New Destinations and Small Cities Resettlement in Vermont, by P. Bose. Springer Nature, 2020, 267 pp.Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees,39(1), 1–3Link
  • Bruce, Benjamin; Correia, Tyler; Özdemir, Gülce Şafak


    Sellers, M., Kirste, S. (eds)

    Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.Dordrecht:Springer.Link
  • Özdemir, Gülce Şafak.2023.Intersectional (In)visibility: experiences of irregular migrants in Barcelona.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2023.2298351Link
  • Özdemir, Gülce Şafak.2022.Urban solidarity typology: A comparison of European cities since the crisis of refuge in 2015.Cities,130, 103976LinkLogo open access