Dr Ipek Demir

Associate Professor

BA (Ankara), MA, PhD (Sussex), ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (HPS, Cambridge)

Room: Attenborough Tower 505
Tel: +44 (0)116 252-2752 (direct line)
Email: id34@le.ac.uk

Research interests

Translation, Ethnic and Radical Studies and Diaspora: My research concerns the translation of culture and identity (in diaspora), ethno-politics, nationalism and racial issues, especially in the context of Turkey and the Middle East. I  carry out empirical research involving the Kurdish and Turkish diasporas in Europe.

Westminster Debate on 'London's Kurdish and Turkish communities: How do they relate to Britain and to Turkey?'

My previous research has also examined the relationship between translation, interdisciplinarity, trust, knowledge and data-sharing. In particular, I have investigated the theoretical and philosophical dimensions of border-making, conflict, and translation and interaction across the boundaries of knowledge communities.

Supervision interests

I am keen to supervise doctoral students on issues concerning the Kurdish and Turkish diasporas as well as on topics encompassing nationalism, ethnic identity, ethno-politics, translation of ethic identity and representation.

Find out more about applying for a PhD

Full listing of publications

Keynotes, Invited Talks, Seminars and Workshops

External Profile

  • Founder and co-convenor of the BSA Study Group Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism (DMT)
  • Member of the AHRC's Peer Review College (until 2021)
  • External Examiner for Department of Sociology, University of York
  • BSA Annual Conference 'Race, Ethnicity, Migration' Stream Co-organiser (annually since 2014)
  • Vice Chair of the European Sociological Association Sociology of Migration Research Network 35 (2013 - 2015).
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Theory Study Group of the BSA between 2007 and 2013.
  • BSA Symposium: “We are here because you were there”: Immigrants’ Responses to the Rise of Anti-Immigrant Discourses in Britain'. [Click this link for more info]
  • Member of the Research Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies [click here for more info]
  • http://allegralaboratory.net/from-self-identified-turkish-migrants-to-kurdish-diaspora-in-london-newtonloss/

Research Projects/Funding

  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PI) HPS, University of Cambridge (2006)
  • AHRC Fellowship (PI) 'Diasporic Brokers: Reviving and Translating Kurdish Culture in London'  (2012 & 2013)
  • Senior Research Fellow on an EU FP7 project 'BioSHaRE-EU: Biobank Standardisation and Harmonisation for Research Excellence in the European Union' (2012)

Current teaching

Ipek Demir was voted Academic of the Year for the College of Social Sciences in recognition of her engaging, innovative and supportive teaching. The award was based on nominations received from students during the 'I Love My Academic' campaign run by the Student Union. [Click on this link for more information]

Ipek Demir was awarded funding as part of the Teaching Enhancement Project Stream B: Supporting New Learning, Teaching and Assessment Activities. The project is entitled 'Reaching Decisions Together: Participating in a Citizen Jury'  [Click this link for more information on this project]



  • Supervision of Masters theses

Completed PhD Students:

1. Taghreed El-Hajj

PhD Title: 'Negotiating the social risks of premarital sex among university students in Beirut'

Scholarships: Open Society Foundation, Ford Foundation, Azm and Saade Association

2. David Straw

Human Rights in Turkey

Current PhD Students:

1. Sagar Sonawane

PhD Title: Indian Diaspora: A Comparative Perspective'

India (Government of Maharashtra) Scholarship

2. Gemma Mitchell

PhD Title: 'How do experts navigate and translate risk knowledges in the 'risk society?' A case study of child and family social care'

College of Social Science Scholarship

3. Asmali Sulaiman

PhD Title: 'Inventing Apps: The case of the incubatees at iCentre Brunei'

The Government of Brunei Darussalam Scholarship

4. Pam Wilson

PhD Title: 'Polarisation and shared space in Turkey'

Kurdish Studies Summer School 2016

5. Aynur Unal


'Kurdish Politics and Society: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives'

This three-day intensive summer school focused on Kurdish politics and society.

It was the first-ever Kurdish Studies Summer School and brought together scholars, postgraduate students and community advocates.

[Click here for more info]

For info on the second Kurdish Studies Summer School, Kurdish Institute, Paris (July 2017)


Current administrative duties

School REF Impact Lead


School Research Strategy Committee

Member of College REF Impact Commitee

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