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Research Interests

The primary inspiration for my research has been my practical experience working with refugees in Turkey starting in 2003. This experience has driven my continued interest in the theorisation of migrant decision-making and of risk in the context of migration, and more recently in migrant health and well-being, migration journeys and the legal consciousness about the asylum system. I strive to produce theoretically well-grounded research that I hope will contribute to improving the treatment of migrants.

Education/Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, Doctorate, University of Oxford

… → 2015

Mphil in Development Studies, University of Oxford

… → 2006

Archaeology and Anthropology, Degree, University of Oxford

… → 2003


  • GN Anthropology
  • migration
  • risk
  • refugees
  • Afghan migration
  • Turkey
  • journeys
  • H Social Sciences (General)

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migrant Social Sciences
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legal consciousness Social Sciences
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Research Output 2014 2016

  • 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Article
10 Citations (Scopus)

Afghan Journeys to Turkey: Narratives of Travel, Immobility and Transformation

Kaytaz, E., 21 Mar 2016, In : Geopolitics. 21, 2, p. 284-302

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


At the Border of Fortress Europe: Immigration Detention in Turkey

Kaytaz, E., 26 May 2015, Immigration Detention: The migration of a policy and its human impact. Silverman, S. & Nethery, A. (eds.). Routledge, p. 29-68 (Global Order Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Immigration Detention in Turkey

Kaytaz, E., 2014, The EU, Migration and Politics of Administrative Detention: Insights from positive psychology. Ceccorulli, M. & Labanca, N. (eds.). Routledge, p. 169-186 (Routledge Advances in European Politics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter