Umut is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Open University. Her research employs an intersectional approach to explore how gender, migration and ethnicity inform practices of citizenship. Her current research focuses on care and citizenship among migrant families, exploring questions of belonging and participation for the mothers and their children.
She currently leads an ESRC funded research grant on Participatory Arts and Social Action Research (PASAR): Participatory Theatre and Walking Methods' Potential for Co-producing knowledge (January 2016 - December 2017). This explores and develops participatory walking and theatre methods for use in social science research, dissemination, engagement and teaching. The project builds on her interest in migrant families’ citizenship, exploring intergenerational relations and the marginalization of migrant families affected by the ‘No Recourse to Public Funding’ policy. A reflection on the methods is available in both podcast and blog. This research builds on a range of empirical projects on migrant mothers’ citizenship including Migrant Mothers’ Caring for the Future: Creative Interventions into Citizenship, which used participatory theatre methods.
Umut co-directs the Research Programme Migration and Belongings, Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance.