Mr Özgür Özvatan





Doctoral candidate in International Doctoral Program, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS).

Research and Teaching Fellow in Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin.

Research Fellow at Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM).

Specialist research areas:

Politics of Belonging; Migration and (Trans-)Nationalism; Populism and the Far Right; Qualitative Comparative Analysis; Case Study Methodology.


Özgür’s research examines the politics of belonging in Western Europe after the 1960s guest-worker treaty with Turkey amid emerging far-right challenges in Western European receiving countries and immigrants’ country of origin, Turkey. With a particular focus on the mainstreaming of radical right discourses, Özgür analyses claims of established and radical right actors on belonging and (anti-)diversity in Western Europe vis-à-vis the internal and external ‘Turkish other’, and how Turkish politics (radical right and mainstream) and different Turkish immigrant associations relate to those.

Besides his doctoral project, Özgür is currently working on gender, ethnicity, and the radical right in Western Europe (with Prof. Gökçe Yurdakul), environmental communication of the German far right (with Dr. Bernhard Forchtner), games of belonging negotiated in the German and Turkish public spaces in the context of international football (with Dr. Stefan Metzger), and the rise of the German AfD party (with Dr. Bernhard Forchtner). He has contributed to national media and international media outlets. As a lecturer, Özgür teaches on the topics of immigration, politics of belonging, the far right, qualitative methods, and case study methodology.