Dr Olga Demetriou, PhD (LSE) Social Anthropology
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Olga Demetriou joined the Durham Global Security Institute at the School in 2018 and has been its Programme Director since 2019. She has trained in social anthropology and has led projects on minority rights, gender, displacement, and refugeehood, for the last two decades.Her current interests focus on the margins of protection in European refugee regimes as these are framed within law (complementary protection), politics (access to citizenship) and space (locations of first reception).
She has authored two monographs, Capricious Borders: Minority, Population and Counter-Conduct between Greece and Turkey (Berghahn, 2013/2017) and Refugeehood and the Post Conflict Subject: Reconsidering Minor Losses (SUNY Press, 2018). She was previously affiliated with PRIO, the University of Cyprus, and Amnesty International, where she was the organisation's researcher on Greece and Cyprus. As an engaged scholar, she participated in numerous peace-building initiatives in Cyprus and has been a member of the Technical Committee on Gender Equality attached to the peace negotiations there.
- Ethnography of Migration and Refugee Regimes
- Gendered (In)securities
- Post-conflict Transitions
- Political orders in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey
- Gender, Security, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (-2021)
- Gender in the UN Global Security Agenda (2021 onwards)
- Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace
- Post-Conflict Reconstruction and State-Building
- Capstone: Humanitarian Simulation Exercise
- Consolidating Peace After Violence
- Fieldtrip (Cyprus)
- Conflict Analysis
- Refugees and Displacement
- European Asylum System
- Gender, feminism and peace building
- Cultural heritage conflicts
- Greece-Turkey conflicts
- Gender in the UN Global Security Agenda (2021 onwards)
- Demetriou, Olga M. (2018). Refugeehood and the Post Conflict Subject: Reconsidering Minor Losses. New York State University of New York Press.
- Demetriou, Olga (2013). Capricious Borders: Minority, Population, and Counter-Conduct between Greece and Turkey. Berghahn Books.
- Demetriou, Olga & Dimova, Rozita (2018). The Political Materialities of Borders: New Theoretical Directions. Rethinking Borders. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Chapter in book
- Demetriou, Olga & Hadjipavlou, Maria (2020). Women and Peace Negotiations in Cyprus. In The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. Richmond, Oliver & Visoka, Gezim Palgrave. online.
- Demetriou, Olga (2018). Materiality, imbrication, and the longue durée of Greco-Turkish borders. In The political materialities of borders: New theoretical directions. Demetriou, Olga & Dimova, Rozita Manchester University Press. 16-35.
- Demetriou, Olga & Dimova, Rozita (2018). Theorising material / nonmaterial mediations on the border. In The political materialities of borders: New theoretical directions. Demetriou, Olga & Dimova, Rozita Manchester University Press. 1-15.
- Demetriou, Olga (2015). Grand Ruins: Ledra Palace Hotel and the Rendering of ‘Conflict’ as Heritage in Cyprus. In War and Cultural Heritage: Biographies of Place. Stig Sørensen, Marie Louise & Viejo-Rose, Dacia Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 183-207.
- Demetriou, Olga (2020). The War that keeps on raping: Femicide and Sexual Violence in Post-conflict Cyprus. Feministiqa 3(1): online.
- Demetriou, Olga & Erdal Ilican, Murat (2019). A peace of bricks and mortar: thinking ceasefire landscapes with Gramsci. International Journal of Heritage Studies 25(9): 897-913.
- Demetriou, Olga (2019). Complementary Protection and the Recognition Rate as Tools of Governance: Ordering Europe, fragmenting Rights. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
- Demetriou, Olga & Hadjipavlou, Maria (2018). The Impact of Women's Activism on the Peace Negotiations in Cyprus. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 24(1): 50-65.
- Demetriou, Olga (2016). Counter-Conduct and the Everyday: Anthropological Engagements with Philosophy. Global Society 30(2): 218-237.
- Demetriou, Olga (2014). ‘Struck by the Turks’ reflections on Armenian refugeehood in Cyprus. Patterns of Prejudice 48(2): 167-181.
- Demetriou, Olga & Hadjipavlou, Maria (2014). a feminist position on sharing governmental power and forging citizenship in Cyprus: proposals for the ongoing peace negotiations. Feminist Review 107(1): 98-106.
- Demetriou, Olga (2012). The Militarization of Opulence. International Feminist Journal of Politics 14(1): 56-77.
- Demetriou, Olga (2007). To cross or not to cross? Subjectivization and the absent state in Cyprus. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 13(4): 987-1006.
- Demetriou, Olga (2006). Streets Not Named: Discursive Dead Ends and the Politics of Orientation in Intercommunal Spatial Relations in Northern Greece. Cultural Anthropology 21(2): 295-321.
- Demetriou, Olga (2004). Prioritizing ‘ethnicities’ The uncertainty of Pomak-ness in the urban Greek Rhodoppe. Ethnic and Racial Studies 27(1): 95-119.
Available for media contact about:
- Anthropology: law and emergency; refugees/forced displacement; Mediterranean reception sites; women in post-conflict environments; minorities within citizenship regimes
Indicators of Esteem
- Technical Committee on Gender Equality, Cyprus peace process
- Society for the Anthropology of Europe (American Anthropological Association): treasurer 2016-2018
- Gender Advisory Team, Cyprus: founding member
- Amnesty International
- International Organisation for Migration
- Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
- United Nations Development Programme
- British Council, Nicosia
- Peer review:
- 2019-2021: Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Associate Editor in Social Sciences)
- 2017-2019: Public Anthropologist (reviews editor)
- 2008-2015: The Cyprus Review (co-editor and book reviews)
- Public Anthropologist
- Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies
- Feminist Encounters
- Rethinking Borders, MUP
- Hellenic Observatory, LSE
- 2019: Refugee Regimes in Southwestern Europe (Durham University)
- 2018: Women in the Peace Process: Lessons from Northern Ireland (Ireland MFA)
- 2017: The Aftermath of Hotspots (PRIO Strategic Projects)
- 2016: Women’s Peace: Gender in the Peace Negotiations (Norway MFA)
- 2009: Internal Displacement in Cyprus: The Consequences of Civil and Military Strife (European Commission)
- 2008: COST Action IS0803: Remaking eastern borders in Europe – EastBordNet
- 2008: Cultural Heritage and the Re-construction of Identities after Conflict –CRIC (EU 7th framework)
- 2002: Insecure Minorities in Conditions of Ethnic Antagonism in the Balkans and Cyprus (Wenner Gren Foundation)
- 1998: Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship (Royal Anthropological Institute)