Derya Ulubatlı studied Art History as an undergraduate at Istanbul Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University from 2009 to 2013. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she pursued a master’s degree in Art History and Criticism at the University of Milan. In 2017, she graduated from this programme with her thesis on bicommunal art projects in Cyprus and their contributions to the island’s resolution process. In the same year, Ulubatlı won the Pasquale Rotondi Art Saviours Award in Italy with her thesis. Her master’s thesis was published as a book , ”Cyprus: Establishing Peace with Art” under the Mediterranean European Art Association (EMAA).
Since 2017, Ulubatlı has also served on the board of various art associations. She has taught courses at Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) and Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) while continuing her research on Cypriot artists at the Cyprus Studies Centre within EMU. Ulubatlı has authored books and curated exhibitions for various international projects. Additionally, she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. programme at Istanbul Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in the field of Western Art and Contemporary Arts. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the concepts of the “other,” borders, and trauma in Turkish Cypriot art.