Eray is interested in the ways in which political violence and its legacies shape and are shaped by the built environment. His PhD, completed at University College London (UCL) in 2015, was an ethnography of the relationship between urban-architectural space and recent discourses of "confronting the past" in Turkey. Since 2012, Eray has designed and taught his own modules at various institutions in the UK. These include UCL's History of Art department and Syracuse University (London programme) where he taught on London's architectural histories of political conflict, violence and disaster, the Bartlett School of Architecture where he co-led the first-year undergraduate module in Architectural History & Theory, the University of Hertfordshire where he ran Critical & Contextual Studies teaching across all three levels of undergraduate study in Architecture and Interior Architecture. He previously worked as a researcher in Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, LSE.
Eray's current projects include a book tentatively titled The Violence of Commemoration: Confronting Turkey's Past Architecturally in Sivas and Beyond. This book discusses grassroots campaigns for transforming Turkey’s sites of political violence into memorial museums and the mainstream responses they triggered in the early 2010s. It focuses especially on the site of an arson attack, which took place in 1993 in the central-eastern city of Sivas and which pioneered these campaigns. As part of his Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, Eray will carry out new a research project between 2018 and 2021, which will explore histories of political violence in relation to futures of planetary catastrophe in Turkey. One of the various sections of this project has received funding from the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme and focuses on a set of spatial-artistic practices, which, against the grain of the hitherto prevalent tendency of engaging with political violence through its toll on humans and their "culture," have recently set out to pursue this engagement through the more-than-human forces and scales of "nature." Alongside conducting these research projects, Eray teaches the postgraduate course "Turkey and Europe" (EU476) at the European Institute.