Derya Özkan studied Architecture and Sociology at Middle East Technical University, before she pursued a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester and completed a dissertation titled The Misuse Value of Space: Spatial Practices and the Production of Space in Istanbul. She joined the Institute of European Ethnology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2008. Since November 2011, she has been leading the DFG Emmy Noether Research Project Changing Imaginations of Istanbul. From Oriental to the »Cool« City. Her research interests are situated at the intersection points of urban studies, cultural studies and migration studies.