Dr. Hayal Akarsu

Universitair docent
Culturele Antropologie

Hayal Akarsu is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. Previously, she was a Junior Research Fellow in the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Lecturer in Anthropology at Brandeis University. She obtained her PhD in 2018 from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and her MA in 2012 from Near Eastern Studies at New York University (NYU). From her current book project on police reforms to her ongoing research on digital policing and environmental crimes, Akarsu explores how various imaginations of risk and threat securitize and police different realms of social and natural life. 


Research and Teaching Interests

Police/policing; security; human-rights; international flows and global governance; law and society; environment; eco-justice; digital cultures and surveillance; science and technology studies; ethnography; Anthropology of the Middle East and Turkey


Research Projects 

Force Experts: Afterlives of Police Reforms

Digital Policing and Data Sovereignty 

Green Criminology: Politics of Environmental Crimes