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Currently, Öykü is a full-time researcher at the Academy of International Affairs NRW, where she conducts research on the role of faith-based diaspora organizations in elections in both 'home' and 'host' countries. She is also a teaching associate at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics, University of Cologne.

Until recently, Öykü was a postdoc/research associate at the Institute for Turkish Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen. She served as an external collaborator for the ERC-funded project “Migration, Transnationalism, and Social Protection in (Post-)Crisis Europe” at CEDEM, University of Liège, Belgium, and contributed as a country expert for Germany in the NSW Government-funded project “Building Democratic Resilience” at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance (CDDGG), University of Canberra, Australia.

Öykü holds a PhD in Political Science (Cotutelle) from the University of Strasbourg and the University of Duisburg-Essen, and an MA from the Australian National University

Research interests

  • External voting
  • Political participation
  • Political parties
  • Citizenship
  • Migration
  • Qualitative research methods


Semester Course
Summer term 2024 Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation (Research project; MA)