Oznur Yardimci

Contact details

Type of addressPostal address
Postal codeYO10 5ZF
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • The York Management School
    University of York
    Church Lane Building
    York Science Park
    YO10 5ZF

Phone: (01904) 323028

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Mrs. Oznur Yardimci

Research Associate

Research interests

Citizenship, urban governance, housing struggles 

Research interests

My research concerns reinvention of ‘problem’ places and people through state stigmatization, and contested reframing of citizenship. In my Phd project entitled ‘Promises and Costs of Gentrification: The Case of Dikmen Valley’ I examined the ways in which people are drawn into state-led urban redevelopment projects and they negotiate this invitation. The aim of this project was to extend the all too narrow focus on the market logic of profit, which arguably turns citizens into potential consumers/investors and the state to an economic actor in and of the market. Through a 9-month ethnographic field study in a municipal-led squatter transformation project area in the capital of Turkey, my research revealed multiple experiences and competing interpretations of city-remaking, which are shaped by different, competing understandings regarding the ‘good’ citizen. By linking struggles over citizenship to urban governance, my project has opened a new area of research investigating how urban regeneration changes the power relations in society beyond changing socio-economic opportunities.


Employment History

worked in the ESRC-funded multi-national research collaborative ‘Citizenship Futures: The Politics of Hope’ project (based in the department of Politics at York), as the chief field researcher in London-case study. I contributed to this project by collecting data through interviews and observations in the London Borough of Barking, the study site chosen by the research team; and combining my independent initiative that explored the citizenship futures of the recent Turkish-speaking migrants across London. Between October 2021 to May 2022, I worked on a research project (with Daryl Martin) on urban religious architecture and citizenship in North Yorkshire, which is funded by the Internally Distributed Funding at York. I am currently a research associate at the ESRC Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre at York.