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Özge Girgin

PhD Candidate
Supervisor: Dr. David Lyon

Doctoral Research

My PhD dissertation analyzes the surveillance experiences of Turkish young people; how they understand, experience, assess and engage with surveillance through their smartphones, mobile apps and social media. For my research, I conducted focus group and one-to-one qualitative in-depth interviews with young adults in Turkey. 

Before starting PhD at Queen’s University, I worked for about ten years in different positions in the field of trade, sales, and marketing in multinational and small-medium size companies in Turkey. During the PhD, I was the Surveillance Studies Centre seminar series organizer for three years.

Areas of Interest

Surveillance studies, science and technology studies, communication studies, urban sociology, sociology of work.


  • Master (Master Universitario di II Livello), Business Internationalization and Communication in the Mediterranean Area, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy
  • M.A., International Communications, Institute of Communications Studies, The University of Leeds, UK 
  • B.A., Communication and Design, Bilkent University, Turkey

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

  • Graduate Dean’s Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research, Queen’s University, 2019
  • Big Data Surveillance graduate travel grant (GTG) Surveillance Studies Centre, 2018 / 2017  
  • Blakely Student Initiatives Fund, Queen’s University, 2018 / 2017 / 2016 
  • Sociology Department Conference Presentation Travel Grant, Queen’s University, 2018 / 2017 / 2016  
  • New Transparency graduate travel grant (GTG) Surveillance Studies Centre, 2016 
  • Queen’s Graduate Award, Queen’s University, 2015-2019  
  • International Tuition Award, Queen’s University, 2015-2018 
  • Master’s Degree Scholarship in Universita per Stranieri di Perugia, 2005, Full Tuition and Stipend. Awarded by Simest (Società italiana per le imprese all'estero). 
  • British Council Chevening Scholarship, Master’s Degree Scholarship in The University of Leeds, UK, 2003, Full Tuition and Stipend. Awarded by British Council.    
  • Bilkent University Academic Achievement Scholarship, Bilkent University, 1999-2001

Teaching Experience

Instructor for Tutorials (Queen’s University, the Department of Sociology): 

  • Theorizing Contemporary Society (SOCY227) (Winter 2020)  
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCY122A) (Fall 2015, Winter 2016) 

Teaching Assistantships (Queen’s University, the Department of Sociology, 2015 – 2021):

  • Surveillance & Visibility (SOCY309)
  • Cities: Urban Societies, Space & Culture (SOCY300 – SOCY301)
  • Sociology of Globalization (SOCY225)
  • Science, Technology & Society (SOCY363)
  • Sociology of Work and Technology (SOCY 336)
  • Social Psychology (SOCY273)

Papers and Publications

  • Corcoran, Su Lyn, Ozge Girgin and Peter Thestrup Waade (In publication). "Situating the self within a new and future ‘normal’: sensemaking of COVID through coproduction". in Massive/Micro Autoethnography - Creative Learning in COVID Times, edited by A. Harris, M. E. Luka and A. N. Markham. Springer Nature.
  • Girgin, Ozge. 2018. Review of Haque’s Surveillance, Transparency, and Democracy: Public Administration in the Information Age. Surveillance&Society16(1): 118-119. 

Presentations and Summer Schools

  • Girgin, Ozge. “Mobile Apps, Data Collection, Normalization and Everydayness of Surveillance in Young Adults’ lives”. 8th Biannual Surveillance Studies Network Conference. Aarhus, Denmark, June, 2018.
  • Girgin,Ozge. 2018. “Mobile Apps, Visibility and Surveillance”. Department of Sociology Graduate Conference: Interconnection: Navigating People, Society, & Culture. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, April 2018.
  • Girgin, Ozge. “Mobile Apps, Data Collection and Normalization of Surveillance”. Data Power 2017, An international conference on (big) data & power. Carleton University, Ottawa, June 2017.
  • Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar. Summer School Participant and Participant Presenter Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. 2017
  • Girgin, Ozge. “Surveillance Cameras at Home”. The 7th Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference, Barcelona, April 2016.
  • 3rd International Summer School of “Political Communication and Electoral Behavior”, Summer School Participant, University of Milan, Italy. June 2012

Academic Services, and Work Experience at University

  • Brand Administrator, Integrated Communications Unit, University Relations, Queen’s University, Winter term 2020 (Part-time).
  • The Surveillance Studies Centre Seminar Series Organizer, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University (September 2015 - May 2018) - Organized the biweekly Surveillance Studies Centre Seminars. Organized over 35 seminars with over 40 speakers. (

Non-Academic Work Experience – For more information about my non-academic work experience, please see my LinkedIn page.