Dr Dogus Simsek


My research focuses on social inequalities, migration and political sociology from an intersectional perspective. My research is concerned with the impact of everyday bordering on racialised minorities including diaspora communities, refugees and undocumented migrants particularly in the Global South from an intersectional perspective. It is anchored in critical, interdisciplinary, transnational and global approaches to migration and displacement with a particular focus on the constructions of race, ethnicity, class and gender. I hold fellowships at IWM (Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna and at the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in Kolkata. I am an associated senior research fellow at the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, Boston, and the Migration Research Centre at Koc University, Istanbul. My recent ethnographic research (2022-23) 'Remaking home in the face of racism: Multicultural conviviality in the cases of London and Istanbul' was funded by Kingston University. My previous research (2017-18) 'Race, Migration and Belonging: Africans in Istanbul' funded by the Institute for International Cooperation of the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V. (DVV), using visual ethnography and participant observation at the churches and workplaces of African migrants, explored the experiences of temporality, everyday life struggles and the processes of racialisation with a particular focus on gender and race. Following my PhD, I was awarded a grant from TUBITAK (the Turkish research council) to explore the racialisation of Syrian refugees and their experiences in accessing the labour market, housing and education in Turkey. I am author of Am I Less British? Racism, Belonging, the Children of Refugees and Immigrants in North London (UCL Press, 2024), 'Cabuk Cabuk': Africans in Istanbul (Pencere Yayinlari, 2018- published in English and Turkish), and Ulusasiri Kimlikler: Londra'da Kibrisli Turk, Kurt ve Turk Gocmen Cocuklari (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2016).

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology


  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK, 2024
  • PhD, Sociology, City, University of London
  • MA, Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • BA (First Class), Media and Communication Systems, Istanbul Bilgi University

Teaching and learning


My broader research interests include the anthropology of migration and lie at the intersection of migration, race and class. My research is concerned with the impact of everyday bordering on racialised minorities including diaspora communities, refugees and undocumented migrants particularly in the Global South from an intersectional perspective.  It is anchored in critical, multidisciplinary, transnational and global approaches to forced migration and displacement with particular attention to structures of race, ethnicity and class.

I hold fellowships at IWM (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna and at the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in Kolkata. I am an associated senior research fellow at the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, Boston, and the Migration Research Centre at Koç University, Istanbul.

Over the last fest years, I gave invited talks and lectures at universities such as the University of Edinburgh, the Lebanese American University, ETH Zurich, the American University of Beirut, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Roskilde University, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Kassel and Istanbul University and the events organised by international organisations and stakeholders such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Oxfam, the International Migration Organisation (IOM), and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).  

Over the last few years, I reviewed research grants for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the French National Research Agency (ANR), and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜB?TAK). 

I have served internationally as an external examiner of PhD theses (e.g. Coventry University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)

Research student supervision:

Mr Ali Kiresci

Mr Tufan Bozkurt

Mr Robert Amato Lastman

I am keen to supervise students interested in exploring migration, and the intersections between migration, displacement, race, and class.

Areas of specialism

  • Sociology
  • Migration
  • Race and racism

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 36.


Simsek, Dogus (2021) Forced displacement and access to the labour market : the case of Gaziantep. Refugee Watch, 58, pp. 57-70. ISSN (print) 2347-405X

Alrawadieh, Zaid, Altinay, Levent, Cetin, Gurel and Şimşek, Doğuş (2021) The interface between hospitality and tourism entrepreneurship, integration and well-being : a study of refugee entrepreneurs. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 97, p. 103013. ISSN (print) 0278-4319

Simsek, Dogus (2021) Corrigendum [Correction to: Journal of Refugee Studies, Volume 33, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages 537–554]. Journal of Refugee Studies, 34(1), p. 1274. ISSN (print) 0951-6328

Simsek, Dogus (2021) What role does race play in the experience of migration? The Sociological Review Magazine, ISSN (online) 2754-1371

Simsek, Dogus [Reviewer] (2021) Book Review of: 'Belonging and becoming in a multicultural world : refugee youth and the pursuit of identity' by Laura Moran. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44(3), pp. 512-514. ISSN (print) 0141-9870

Şimşek, Doğuş (2021) Book Review of: 'Refugee imaginaries: research across the humanities', by Emma Cox, Sam Durrant, David Farrier, Lyndsey Stonebridge, and Agnes Woolley (eds.). Migration and Society, 4(1), pp. 206-208. ISSN (print) 2574-1314

Simsek, Dogus (2021) "Winners and losers of neoliberalism" : the intersection of class and race in the case of Syrian refugees in Turkey. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44(15), pp. 2816-2835. ISSN (print) 0141-9870

Simsek, Dogus (2020) Integration processes of Syrian refugees in Turkey : 'class-based integration'. Journal of Refugee Studies, 33(3), pp. 537-554. ISSN (print) 0951-6328

Simsek, Dogus (2020) Feeling of desperation is doubled due to COVID-19 among undocumented African migrants in Istanbul. Identities Blog : COVID-19 Series,

Simsek, Dogus (2020) Fear, desperation, anger and stress : the emotions of undocumented migrants during COVID-19 pandemic. Discover Society,

Simsek, Dogus (2020) Book review of: 'Kurds in Turkey : ethnographies of heterogeneous experiences' by Lucie Drechselova and Adnan Celik (eds.). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43(8), pp. 1531-1533. ISSN (print) 0141-9870

Şimşek, Doğuş (2019) Suriyeli mültecilerin Avrupa’ya yayılımı : Analitik ve karşılaştırmalı bir değerlendirme. Adam Akademi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, 9(2), pp. 493-518. ISSN (print) 2146-4936

Simsek, Dogus (2019) Türkiye’deki Suriyeli Çocukların Eğitime Erişimi : Engeller ve Öneriler = Syrian children's access to education in Turkey : barriers and recommendations. Egitim Bilim Toplum Dergisi = Journal of Education Science Society, 17(65), pp. 10-32. ISSN (print) 1303-9202

Şimşek, Doğuş (2019) Türkiye’de Suriyeli mülteci entegrasyonu : Zorluklar ve olanaklar. Journal of Research in Economics, Politics & Finance, 4(2), pp. 172-187. ISSN (online) 2587-151X

Simsek, Dogus (2019) Syrian refugees in Turkey : a neoliberal approach to integration. Crisis Magazine,

Şimşek, Doğuş (2019) İstanbul’daki Afrikalı göçmenlerin Ulusötesi sosyal alanlarının entegrasyon süreçlerine etkisi. Öneri Dergisi, 14(52), pp. 216-235. ISSN (print) 1300-0845

Simsek, Dogus (2019) İstanbul’daki Afrikalı Göçmenlerin Gündelik Irkçılık Deneyimleri = The experiences of everyday racism against African migrants in Istanbul. Mukaddime, 10(1), pp. 233-248. ISSN (print) 1309-6087

Şimşek, Doğuş (2019) Transnational activities of Syrian refugees : hindering or supporting integration. International Migration, 57(2), pp. 268-282. ISSN (print) 0020-7985

Simsek, Dogus (2018) Mülteci entegrasyonu, göç politikaları ve sosyal sınıf : Türkiye’deki Suriyeli mülteciler örneği = Refugee integration migration policies and social class : the case of Syrian refugees in Turkey. Sosyal Politika Calismalari Dergesi, 18(40/2), pp. 367-392. ISSN (print) 2148-9424

Akcapar, Sebnem and Simsek, Dogus (2018) The politics of Syrian refugees in Turkey : a question of inclusion and exclusion through citizenship. Social Inclusion, 6(1), pp. 176-187. ISSN (online) 2183-2803

Simsek, Dogus (2017) Turkey as a "Safe third country"? The impacts of the EU-Turkey statement on Syrian refugees in Turkey. Perceptions Journal of International Affairs, 22(3), pp. 161-182. ISSN (print) 1300-8641

Icduygu, Ahmet and Simsek, Dogus (2017) Giris : Uluslararası göç, politika ve güvenlik. Toplum ve Bilim, 140, pp. 6-11. ISSN (print) 1300-9354

Simsek, Dogus (2017) Göç politikaları ve insan güvenliği : Türkiye’deki Suriyeliler örneği. Toplum ve Bilim, 140, pp. 11-27. ISSN (print) 1300-9354

Içduygu, Ahmet and Simsek, Dogus (2016) Syrian refugees in Turkey : towards integration policies. Turkish Policy Quarterly, 15(3), pp. 59-69. ISSN (print) 1303-5754

Simsek, Dogus (2013) Experiences of Turkish Cypriot, Kurdish and Turkish youth in creating transnational social spaces in London schools. Border Crossing: Transnational Working Papers, 1302, ISSN (online) 2046-4444

Simsek, Dogus (2013) Book Review of: ‘Minority Internal Migration in Europe’, by Nissa Finney and Gemma Catney (eds.). Migration Letters, 10(3), pp. 399-400. ISSN (print) 1741-8984


Şimşek, Doğuş (2024) ‘Am I less British?’ : Racism, belonging, and the children of refugees and immigrants in North London. London, U.K. : UCL Press. 206p. (FRINGE) ISSN (print) 9781787351790

Simsek, Dogus and Sayman, Yusuf (2018) ‘Çabuk Çabuk' - İstanbul’daki Afrikalılar ['Çabuk Çabuk' - Africans in Instanbul]. Istanbul, Turkey : Pencere Yayınları. 300p. ISBN 9786057922014

Simsek, Dogus (2016) Ulusaşırı Kimlikler: Londra’da Kıbrıslı Türk, Kürt ve Türk göçmen çocukları [Transnational identities: Turkish Cypriot, Kurdish and Turkish immigrant children in London]. Istanbul, Turkey : Istanbul Bilgi University Press. 154p. ISBN 9786053994442

Book Section

Simsek, Dogus (2022) What makes a place a home? Syrian refugees' narratives on belonging in Turkey. In: Mayer, Tamar and Tran, Trinh, (eds.) Displacement, belonging, and migrant agency in the face of power. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 225-237. ISBN 9780367772932

Simsek, Dogus (2018) The processes of integration and education: The case of Syrian refugees and Syrian refugee children in Turkey. In: Pace, Michelle and Somdeep, Sen, (eds.) Syrian refugee children in Europe and the Middle East: Integrating the Young and Exiled. London : Routledge. pp. 20-31. ISBN 9780367592448

İçduygu, Ahmet and Şimşek, Doğuş (2017) Bargaining over refugees : Turkey’s view. In: Pastore, Ferruccio, (ed.) Beyond the migration and asylum crisis : options and lessons for Europe. Rome, Italy : Aspen Institute Italia and Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana fondata da Giovanni Treccani. pp. 85-91. (Aspen Italia Views) ISBN 9788812006311

Simsek, Dogus (2014) ‘Inclusion’ and ‘exclusion’: transnational experiences of Turkish and Kurdish youth in London. In: Kamp, Kristina , Kaya, Ayhan , Keyman, E. Fuat and Onursal Besgul, Ozge, (eds.) Contemporary Turkey at a glance: interdisciplinary perspectives on local and translocal dynamics. Netherlands : Springer VS. pp. 191-204. ISBN 9783658049157


Pace, Michelle and Simsek, Dogus (2019) The politics of integration : adjusting to new lives in host societies. (Working Paper) Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets [Deliverable 8.5]. (SIRIUS Working Paper Series, no. 1)

Simsek, Dogus and Corabatir, Metin (2016) Challenges and opportunities of refugee integration in Turkey. (Working Paper) Istanbul, Turkey : Heinrich Böll Stiftung. 182 p.

Miall, Hugh, Orrnert, Anna and Simsek, Dogus (2010) Transnational communities and conflict policies : work package 3 report. (Working Paper) Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent. 66 p. (Unpublished)

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