Dr. Özge Onay is a University Teacher within the Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy division at Loughborough University. Dr. Onay's academic journey commenced at Istanbul University from 2008 to 2012, where she earned a BA in American Culture and Literature, supplemented by a minor in English Language Teaching. Before her doctoral studies, Dr. Onay pursued and completed an MA in Cultural Studies with the research entitled 'Integration problems of Dutch-Turkish Youngsters,' conducted in the small province of Overijjsel, Netherlands. Dr Onay completed a PhD in Sociology from 2019 to 2022 at the University of York.

Dr Onay completed a PhD in Sociology from 2019 to 2022 at the University of York with the research entitled 'The Negative Impact and Consequences of Islamophobia on Negotiating Identity, Belonging and Everyday Life: The Case of British Turks’. By way of background, her research interests lie in the Sociology of Racism and its intricate connection to the study of migration, ethnicity, identity, and belonging within minoritised communities.

Throughout her research journey, Dr. Onay integrated her thinking with ongoing teaching experience both in the UK and overseas, amassing a decade's worth of experience. She taught academic English at several prestigious universities in Istanbul before starting her PhD at the University of York.

While at the University of York, she then combined her research with teaching that focused on social inequalities such as poverty, race, gender, and social class and mapped their impact on identity and belonging. Some of the modules she contributed include "The Sociology of Crime and Deviance" and "Race, Ethnicity, Division and Inequality”.


  • Ozge, O. (2024, accepted for publication). Islamophobia and British Turks: Unveiling Belonging and Identity, London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Onay, O. (2024, in press). Navigating Racialisation and Whiteness: British Turks' Struggles for Belonging in Multiscale Public Spaces within the UK, Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies (DOI 10.29333/ejes/1964)
  • Onay, O & Millington, G. (2024). Negotiations with whiteness in British Turkish Muslims’ encounters with Islamophobia, Ethnic and Racial Studies https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2024.2317955
  • Onay, O. (2023). Living the Clash Within: Secular/Conservative Divide of Immigrant Turkish Parents on the Identity Formations of British Turks. Journal of Family Studies.
  • Onay, O. (2021). The Diminishing Agency of Urbanised Alevis Against the Rise of Political Islam in Turkey. Poligrafi, 26(101/102). 177-200.

Book Reviews

  • Onay, O. (2023). The Unfinished Politics of Race: Histories of Political Participation, Migration, and Multiculturalism by Les Back, Michael Keith, Kalbir Shukra, John Solomos, Cambridge University Press, 2022.
  • Onay, O. (2022). Islam on Campus: Contested Identities and the Cultures of Higher Education in Britain: by Alison Scott-Baumann, Mathew Guest, Shuruq Naguib, Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Aisha Phoenix, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • Onay, O. (2022). Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of Global Order: by James Renton, New York, Routledge, 2019.
  • Onay, O. (2021). Islamophobic Hate Crime: A Student Handbook: by Imran Awan and Irene Zempi, London and New York, Routledge, 2020.

Other Publications

  • Onay, O. (2022). The Impact of Islamophobia on Negotiating Identity, Belonging and Everyday Life: The Case of British Turks (Doctoral dissertation, University of York).
  • Onay, O. (2018).  Motivation Behind. Violence and Social Traumas, 190. (Journal Article)
  • Onay, O. (2016). Pueblos Silenciosos / Silent Communities: within the grain, against the grain. CINEJ Cinema Journal. (Journal Article)
  • Karayalçın, O. (2015). Integration problems of Dutch-Turkish youngsters (Master’s dissertation, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi).